ICD-10: Change is the One Thing No One Can Avoid

By Marsha Vaughn

Sr. Eyefinity Education Consultantpix

Change is the one no one can avoid. In fact, the only thing you can be sure won’t change is “that things will change”.

How you manage that change to benefit your practice is up to you. Let’s look at how you can handle up-coming ICD-10 code changes.

First order of action is to understand why the change is happening.

With ICD-9 we are running out of codes to effectively communicate patient diagnoses and care. ICD-9 was first implemented more than 30 years ago – I was carrying a bag phone then and the cost of gas was about a buck.

Today, many strides have been made to improve the care, reporting, and sharing of health data through technology. The transition to ICD-10 is the next step. Instead of general codes with lengthy explanations, there will be specific definition in the used code itself. You may be asking will this really simplify things or only make it more complicated as new technology being used for the first time often does? There’s good news, you won’t be the first one trying it. Other countries went to ICD-10 coding years ago, thus it’s an international standard that has been tried, tested, and is actively in use.

Still, change management is challenging.

It is a big change for everyone who diagnoses and bills from the large hospitals to the one doctor towns and specialized practices, such as eyecare. Some of these businesses will suffer if payments were delayed.  And it is a big change for all of the software developers and insurance companies. But, as a patient, as a parent, and as a child of aging parents, I don’t want anyone’s health care compromised, medical coding confused, or billing delayed. Which means I’m committed to making this change a success.

 Sure, ICD-10 is a government mandated change, but I prefer to look on the bright side.

As an employee of VSP Global, Software Division, I work hard with my team to develop the underpinnings of coding and billing. Luckily, we’ve already had a jump on ICD-10, when the year delay was announced. This additional year to prepare makes me certain that the entire medical and insurance communities are at high levels of development and readiness.

Furthermore and specific to our industry, an internal analyst told me that the top ten codes billed through VSP claims comprised 91% of all vision claims and nine out of ten of those ICD-9 codes have a one-to-one match with an ICD-10 code. This means the new codes we will have to learn might not be as difficult as some people make it out to be. How long did it take us to get the ICD-9 codes stuck in our heads? Once the change is made, we will do the same with ICD-10.

Check back with us weekly for more ICD-10 stories from the front line.

Eyefinity EHR and ICD-10

By Phernell Walker, II, BSB, ABOM IMG_3522

Sr. Eyefinity EHR Product Manager

Master in Ophthalmic Optics

 At this very moment I’m typing from an airplane at 35,000 feet above the ground, on my way to visit another client to discuss the monumental change headed our way in just a matter of months, ICD-10.

As the Sr. Product Manager for Eyefinity EHR, I believe the best way to know and understand the pulse of my clients is to work with them up close and personal.  Therefore, much of my time is spent on the road traveling to work with optometrists across the entire country. One thing I’ve recently found is that hundreds of optometrists are expressing their concern about ICD-10. Hearing this feedback led me to conclude that in order to meet my clients needs, Eyefinity EHR would not only have to include a feature that supported ICD-10, but that it also needed a feature that handled it seamlessly in effort to lessen complications for my clients.

So, you might be thinking what I have done to liberate optometrists concerns about ICD-10?

  • Eyefinity’s engineering team took all of the ICD-10 Codes and built them into Eyefinity EHR.
  • We use a complex algorithm that automatically takes the exam information doctors have documented in Eyefinity EHR and then correctly calculates the correct ICD-10 Code for them.
  • Not only does Eyefinity EHR render the correct ICD-10 Code, it also allows optometrists to view the corresponding cross-mapped ICD-9 code in real time next to the ICD-10 Code.

Optometrists can rest assured that Eyefinity EHR makes the transition to ICD-10 hassle and worry free. I know because I see the results in the practices I visit. I see Optometrists who have benefitted from Eyefinity EHR and now use their time and attention to meet their patient’s needs.

You can get a free one-on-one demo of Eyefinity EHR by visiting http://www.eyefinity.com/ehr-efficiency.

ICD-10 Basics

IMG_3522By Phernell Walker, II, BSB, ABOM

Sr. Eyefinity EHR Product Manager

Master in Ophthalmic Optics

ICD-10 is scheduled to replace ICD-9 on October 01, 2015. This affects every health care provider in the entire country, not just Eye Care Professionals (ECPS’s). Think of the significance of expanding the Diagnosis Code count from 14,000 plus codes to a staggering approximate 71,000 plus codes and growing.  That’s definitely a monumental change.  A great example of this exponential change is a basic singular diagnosis code such as myopia, is now expanded to 5 codes.

 

Example:

 

ICD-9 ICD-10
367.1 Myopia H52.11 Myopia, right eyeH52.12 Myopia, left eye

H52.13 Myopia, bilateral

H52.10 Myopia, unspecified eye

 

365.11 Primary Open

Angle Glaucoma

H40.11X0 POAG. Stage unspecified

H40.11X1 POAG, mild stage

H40.11X2 POAG, moderate stage

H40.11X3 POAG, severe stage

H40.11X4 POAG, indeterminate stage

 

 

Finding the Best Practice Management System for YOUR Practice

Solutions for Every Point in Your Practice ctdots

Remember the saying, “the whole is greater than the sum of its parts?” This applies directly to the solutions you use in your practice. It can often seem daunting and time consuming managing the flow of your entire practice. But there’s good news—it doesn’t have to.

Find a complete solution that offers the functionality you need for every point in your practice—from the front office, to the OD, to the optician, seamlessly, and in real-time.

Here’s a quick look at what your practice management system should do to keep everyone connected:

  • Provide flexibility in your patient scheduling, and give you a view of the day or whole week
  • Allow you to check eligibility, get authorizations, place lab orders, and submit claims in just a few clicks
  • Manage materials orders using Rx and exam codes from the exam
  • Generate invoices in seconds

Sound too good to be true?  The future of practice management is HERE now. Watch now how Eyefinity Practice Management can automate and simplify the complexities of YOUR daily operations.

Stay on top of the latest in practice management. Stay informed for the latest news and developments about Eyefinity Practice Management.

Eyefinity is honored with 4 EyeVote Readers’ Choice Awards.

EyeVote_logo_PracticeManagementSoftwareCompanyWe would like to extend a very special thank you to all of you who voted for Eyefinity in the EyeVote Reader’s Choice Awards. We’re honored to have won Practice Management Software Company for the fourth year in a row.

In addition, this year Vision Monday and 20/20 added three new categories specific to practice management and EHR to the EyeVote Reader’s Choice Awards. And we’re excited to announce that you voted Eyefinity #1 in all categories:

  • Practice Management Software Company
  • Practice Management Brand
  • EHR Software Company
  • EHR Brand

These awards are only possible because of you, our customers! The feedback we receive from you and the dedication of our staff to continually improve and enhance our software is the secret to our success.

We look forward to continuing to deliver practice management and EHR solutions that help you provide excellent care to your patients and enhance your business.

Congratulations to all the other EyeVote Readers’ Choice Award winners!

EHR: Your Prime Co-Management Tool

Untitled“Co-management is an important part of my practice–and technology from my electronic health records system is essential to making this happen efficiently and profitably. I can refer patients and send electronic scans with just a few keystrokes, and send to other healthcare providers with ease.” – Dr. F. Mason Smith, OD

Read the rest of this article here: EHR: Your Prime Co-management Tool

Reprinted with permission from Review of Optometric Business.

Request a FREE demo of Eyefintiy EHR today!

 

 

 

Finding the Best Practice Management System for YOUR Practice

success_balloonSolutions That Not Only Work for You—But DO the Work for You Keeping your practice running efficiently and effectively should be a given, but there are many factors that play into its success.

Let’s take a look at what your practice management system can and should do for YOU in the billing and ordering arena.

  • Smart technology—Look for a solution that monitors for accuracy and ensures that claims are complete and error free before submission. This will save you time, reduce your claim rejections, and ultimately improve your bottom line with faster reimbursements.
  • Batch patient invoicing—Find a solution that allows you to generate all of your patient invoices with a single click. By bundling your invoices, rather than processing them individually, your practice efficiency will increase dramatically.
  • Ease-of-use—Billing and ordering should be so quick and effortless, you can do it yourself if you choose. Or if you’re already handling these tasks, find a solution that takes the hard work out of it, freeing you up for other matters.

Watch now how billing and ordering in Eyefinity Practice Management can take your practice to new heights! By learning and remembering how you like to work, Eyefinity Practice Management removes redundant tasks from your day.

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