Despite Delay, it’s Still Time to Prepare for ICD-10

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Gateway EDI and AAPC Physician Services to Host Second CEU Credit Webinar on ICD-10

Gateway EDI, one of the fastest-growing electronic data interchange providers in the nation will continue its ICD-10 educational outreach with AAPC, the premier training and credentialing organization in the medical coding industry, by hosting a second webinar on March 13, 2012 at 12 p.m. (CST).

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recently confirmed they will initiate a process to postpone the date by which certain health care entities have to comply with ICD-10, but many industry associations have cautioned that practices should not delay preparations.

“As we all learned from the 5010 transition, it’s never too early to start preparing and there is a definite need for more education on the topic. We received nearly 400 questions from attendees during our first webinar,” said Shelly Guffey, manager of premier accounts and vendor partners, Gateway EDI. “The transition to ICD-10 is a major undertaking and there is still a lot of confusion about what ICD-10 is, why we have to make the switch, and what changes practices will have to adopt internally to be compliant.”

The March 13 webinar follows the success of the first ICD-10 webinar in January, which drew more than 1,000 participants.

Peggy Stilley, AAPC Physician Services Director of Audit Services has more than 30 years experience in the industry and will present process improvements and training solutions during the webinar.

“We must make sure facilities and providers don’t stop working on their ICD-10 implementation,” Stilley said. “ICD-10 requires a major change in the documentation habits for most providers. So, they need to take the extra time they now have available to do more in-depth analysis of how their practice will be impacted.”

Attendees can receive one continuing education unit (CEU) credit and will learn:

  •     How ICD-10 will impact medical practices
  •     Strategies for preparing medical practices for ICD-10 including when and how to start
  •     Coding requirements of ICD-10 including laterality, stages of healing, episodes of care and changes in terminology
  •     Steps for evaluating staff knowledge and skills against the requirements of ICD-10 results and case studies on staff evaluations

Webinar registration is available via the Gateway EDI ICD-10 website (http://www.gatewayedi.com/icd10), which offers medical practices and a compilation of the best online tools for ICD-10 education.

Physicians, office managers and medical billing professionals are encouraged to attend. Those that attended Gateway EDI and AAPC’s first webinar will benefit from updated information in this session, including more details on clinical documentation efforts that will improve and protect medical practices.

About Gateway EDI
Healthcare providers trust Gateway EDI’s complete support system of people and tools to maximize their revenue and increase cash flow. Based in St. Louis, Gateway EDI was founded almost 30 years ago by a physician who was unsatisfied with the claims processing tools available at the time and created new solutions focused on better managing the revenue cycle for medical practices. Today, more than 95,000 physicians continue to count on Gateway EDI’s fully-integrated suite of advanced tools and proactive service team to monitor, catch and fix claims issues before they can impact a practice. For more information, visit http://www.gatewayedi.com.

About AAPC Physician Services
AAPC Physician Services and their network of coders, auditors, and compliance experts, keep practices compliant and profitable. Although a wide range of practice management solutions are offered, AAPC Physician Services specializes in chart reviews, ICD-10 readiness assessments, and compliance risk assessments. To learn more visit http://www.aapcps.com.

About Peggy Stilley
Peggy has more than 30 years of experience in multiple specialties including General Practice, General Surgery, Neurology, and OB-Gyn. Prior to joining AAPC Physician Services as the director of audit services, Peggy was the clinic manager for University of Oklahoma, OU Physicians & Women's Healthcare in Tulsa. In addition to being very active in coding and reimbursement issues, Peggy lectured residents regarding correct coding and documentation. Peggy earned her CPC® in 2000 and became a certified AAPC instructor in 2008. She is a national speaker and has presented for Coding Institute, Ingenix, AAPC and Medical Business Institute.

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