What's the Code for That?: How to Navigate New Medicare Codes and Prepare for the ICD-10 Transition

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Monday, April 4, 10:45 AM -12:15 PM

The switch to ICD-10 codes—by Oct. 1, 2013—is no small matter. An analysis last year by America's Health Insurance Plans estimated the overall systemwide costs for insurers could reach $2 billion to $3 billion.

The cost to practices and facilities varies depending on the size. Roughly, the cost would be about $80,000 for a small practice, $230,000 for a medium practice and $2.7 million for a large practice.

The new codes promise to bring more specificity to the coding process, theoretically leading to less trouble from Medicare audits. Even IT vendors have released upgrades to their products to enhance the changeover.

If you've already begun the arduous tasks necessary to ensure a smooth transition—or especially if you haven't—this session is a must to attend. The transition could be more disruptive to IT environments than Y2K compliance. But it doesn't have to be. Check out this session and make sure you're on the right path to a smooth coding transition.

Speaker Information
Kenneth P. Brin, MD, Swedish American Hospital, Rockford, Ill. -- New Cardiology CPT Codes for 2011
James C. Blankenship, MD, Geisinger Medical Center, Danville, Pa. -- What's New in Reimbursement for Diagnostic Catheterization and Peripheral Interventions
Linda Gates-Striby, Northside Internal Medicine, Indianapolis -- Pitfalls in Cardiology Coding and How to Avoid Them