ICD-10: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Background
For the past 30 years, US medical professionals have been using the ninth revision of the International Classification of Diseases’ diagnosis codes (ICD-9). However, beginning October 1, 2014, all US HIPAA-covered practitioners will switch to the tenth revision (ICD-10). Why, you might ask? Well, according to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), in addition…

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In a Nutshell: 2014 Proposed Physician Fee Schedule Rule

Earlier this summer, the Centers for Medicare and Medicare Services released their 605-page proposal for the 2014 Physician Fee Schedule Rule. Talk about a hefty read. Perhaps that’s why the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) made a helpful 16-page list of highlights. Still, not everyone is an APTA Member and even more folks are crunched for time…

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