With the expansion of ICD-10-CM codes from 18,000 to 68,000, the level of increased detail is staggering.

One example of the changes specific to Neurosurgery billing and coding includes that pertaining non-remitting backache, a common complaint for neurosurgical patients. Understanding how to report these diagnoses in ICD-10 is especially important, specifying right or left side when reporting lumbago and sciatica.

There is much more to learn that can help you and your medical practice billing and coding make the full transition.

This is a critical time to evaluate where you are in your preparations for ICD-10 prior to implementation by Oct. 1, 2014, and whether your current medical practice revenue cycle management can bear the added weight of your conversion process. The uninterrupted flow of your Neurosurgery revenue cycle management before, during and after the transition rests squarely on your preparedness and the expertise of your Neurosurgery billing and coding team.

If you are feeling the weight of ICD-10 on your shoulders, you are not alone. Industry experts surmise the conversion is the most significant overhaul of the medical coding system since computers were introduced.

As aware as you already may be about ICD-10, what you may not know is how best to mitigate the risks and challenges that accompany this transition and to what degree this transition can fully benefit, and grow, your physician revenue cycle management.

Risks/challenges include:

  • More detailed medical records
  • More time to translate/interpret by coders
  • Increase provider queries by coders
  • Increased delays in authorizations
  • Increased claim rejections
  • More time to research/resolve reimbursement issues
  • Increase queries for documentation by facilities
  • Same notes used in facility and office

Outsourcing your Neurosurgery coding, billing and collections, when you have the right partner, gives you the industry insider expertise your team needs to ensure your risk is minimized and your revenue is maximized.

During the conversion, said to be the most significant overhaul of the medical coding system since computers were introduced, your practice requires a physician revenue cycle management team with a full cadre of support and resources especially designed to prepare your team to:

  • Organize the effort      
  • Analyze the impact
  • Contact the vendors
  • Budget for costs
  • Implement software and systems upgrades
  • Conduct internal testing
  • Train staffs
  • Conduct external testing of transactions
  • Keep revenue flowing
  • Maximize revenue stream

It takes the special expertise of an industry insider in Neurosurgery revenue cycle management to understand how to most effectively transition to ICD-10.

What sets apart is their in-depth level of understanding of nervous system physiology, specific procedures, complex terminology and the intricacies of compliance. Certified coders are specially trained in Neurosurgery revenue cycle management, knowing when to look for secondary procedures that can qualify for additional reimbursement and when to use a modifier for more complex surgeries.

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