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Pay-Per-View: ICD-10-CM prep: Determine documentation trouble spots

APCs Insider, July 8, 2011

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Each facility faces different challenges as it prepares for the transition to ICD-10-CM based on its size, location, and staff experience. Because no two organizations are exactly alike, each facility also must determine where its providers don't document adequately.

Before coders start assessing ICD-10-CM documentation requirements and codes, they must ensure that they understand ICD-9-CM guidelines. "If you don't already know and love the ICD-9 guidelines, I recommend you become familiar with them," says Kim Reid, CPC, CPC-I, CEMC, CMPA, Northeast regional director for the American Academy of Professional Coders. "Some of the guidelines have stayed the same, but it's very important to become familiar with them to be aware of changes."

Continue reading “ICD-10-CM prep: Determine documentation trouble spots” on HCPro’s website. Subscribers to Briefings on APCs have free access to this article in the July issue.

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