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In August this year, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced that ICD-10 coding will commence on October 1, 2015, and there will be no delay as has been in the past. The announcement also states that the use of ICD-9 will continue until September 30, 2015.
Many providers, experts and healthcare groups across the country are still of the view that physicians will not be ready by this extended October 1 deadline, partly because of the existing burden of achieving other technological requirements including Meaningful Use and PQRS.
The CMS also announced three testing weeks for the tenth revision of the ICD code set. The first testing week was in November this year, however; the second and third take place on March 2-6, and June 1-5, 2015, respectively.
The CMS believes that these testing weeks will help determine if providers are able to meet “technical compliance and performance processing standards” through the implementation process. In simple terms, the testing will help check if the claims are correctly being sent out (in the new format). This step will be integral, in not only raising awareness about the new codes, but to also work on methods to fulfill their shortcomings for providers incurring issues with these new codes.
There will also be end-to-end testing, which will determine the claim submission process via the remittance advice receipt. This round of testing will be more comprehensive, and will give a more in-depth analysis for providers on the claim processing via ICD-10; and the subsequent Medicare payment process with these new codes. The months for end to end testing in 2015 are January, April, and July.
You must contact your Medicare Administrative Contractors for more information on the testing process. Your EHR vendors, medical billing company, clearinghouses and payers (insurance) must all be ready for the coding changes before your practice is, so that you can seamlessly begin the testing process as soon as your practice is ready. Get in touch with them so that you can determine if they’ll be ready for ICD-10 before time, because if they aren’t; it’s time to switch to someone who will be.
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For a specialist that deals with mental disorders on a daily basis using methods such as psychoanalysis, psychotherapy, prescribing drugs and other treatment techniques; the structured documentation of your clinical encounters is much more important than most other specialties.
Electronic Health Record (EHR) systems not only make this process more secure, but also do so in a very organized and accessibility-enhancing manner.
There must be numerous different customizable psychiatry templates for anxiety and depression, paranoia, substance abuse, etc. Relevant templates will aide providers in effectively documenting different processes. Additionally, there must also be point-and-click SOAP note templates for the specialty which will help you (or the person tasked with entering the information onto the system) during (or after) the visit.
You must also inquire if your system has interface with a Practice Management System and if it is compatible with a Patient Portal. The vendor must have a functioning patient portal used by patients or their guardians. Psychiatrists must upload educational information in addition to accepting or rejecting prescription refills on these portals.
Additionally, a Cloud-based system would also boost functionality as it would allow providers to access this information from other non-clinic locations via laptops, Smartphones and tablets.
In addition to E&M coding assistance, the highest coding level that should be billed should also be automatically determined by the system to maximum reimbursements.
The provision for scheduling, including recurrent appointments, is very important in this specialty to determine when you’re free; and not waste any time when you could be earning more money. Moreover, there must also be e-Prescribing with different pharmacies to enhance patient convenience.
Furthermore, a report building feature must also be present in this system so that you can group all patients with certain diagnosis or medication requirements, making life a lot simpler in the process.
There are numerous other features that help psychiatrists gauge if their Psychiatry EHR is up to the mark; the key, here is to always stay educated and willing to improve your shortcomings so that you always stay ahead of your competition.