May 2011
  Eighth Edition
ICD-10 Coders Academy is pleased to announce a significant enhancement to its certification program. Not only is it going to be live from May 16, 2011, certification exams will be available on a year-round basis through our Testing Solutions Partner, Kryterion. Our Certification Exams are computer-based testing and proctored and will be available at over 350 HOST locations of Kyrerion across the country. This means that certification candidates will be able to take full advantage of computer-based testing anytime throughout the year. For more details and to register now, please click here.
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Effect of ICD-10 Implementation on EMRs
Implementation of ICD-10 will introduce major shift in the way hospitals and physicians practice medicine. The increase in codes and the specificity of those codes will force the provider or biller to implement an electronic health record (EHR) or an electronic medical record (EMR). Currently, fewer than 25% of hospitals and 4% of physicians have fully functioning EHR/EMR systems to the Healthcare community on EMRs and its crucial for healthcare
We all are aware of the advantages of the electronic medical record in eliminating errors, automating tasks, improved accuracy and legibility of documentation and improving coding for better billing and reporting. The government is offering financial incentives to physicians that implement EMR software soon. [...]
ICD-9 & ICD-10 Similarities
While the version of ICD-10 created by the World Health Organization has been in use in this country for mortality reporting since January 1999, ICD-10-CM will ultimately replace the diagnosis portion of ICD-9-CM in the United States for morbidity reporting. It will be used for reporting care provided in acute short-term and long-term hospital inpatient, physician office, and other outpatient encounters. (Procedures will be reported using ICD-10-PCS [Procedural Coding System], which replaces the procedure portion of ICD-9-CM.)
Whereas there are numerous articles, blogs, press releases that emphasize the fact about vast differences between ICD-10 and ICD-9, this edition of ICD-10 Insight brings out the article here where you will find the many similarities that exist in ICD-9 and ICD-10-CM.
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