In ICD-10, the common pain diagnosis codes is drastically different from ICD-9 codes, and coders need to be aware of these changes so as to have an error-free documentation and selection. It is high time that the healthcare industry starts remodeling its technological system, while providing effective training to the staff, in order to keep up with the growing demand of ICD-10 codes. As the main usage of the ICD codes is in the medical billing – health insurance payment transaction, there is now an urgent need for this transaction to adapt the new HIPAA electronic transaction forms. ICD-9 codes did not have this feature.
According to American Academy of Pain Medicine, pain is related with a wide range of injury and disease, and is sometimes the disease itself. There are conditions that may have pain and associated symptoms arising from a discrete cause, for instance postoperative pain or pain associated with a malignancy, or conditions in which pain constitutes the main problem, such as headaches. Every year millions of people suffer from acute or chronic pain, which leads to health care costs, rehabilitation and lost worker productivity, in addition to the emotional and financial burden it places on patients and their families. The costs of unrelieved pain also lead to increased outpatient visits, hospital stays, re-hospitalization, and decrease ability to function fully leading to lost income and insurance coverage.
According to an Institute of Medicine Report, “Relieving Pain in America: A Blueprint for Transforming Prevention, Care, Education, and Research,” pain is a significant public health problem that costs people at least $560-$635 billion annually, an amount equal to about $2,000.00 for everyone living in the U.S.
Join expert speaker Marvel J. Hammer, RN, BS, CPC, CCS-P, ACS-PM, CPCO, in this webinar as she sheds light on the following:
Who should attend
Pain Management: providers, front & back office staff, practice manager, billing staff
Marvel J Hammer, RN, BS, CPC, CCS-P, ACS-PM, CPCO is an accomplished professional with considerable years of experience both in the business and medical fields. She is a coding, billing and compliance consultant and owner of MJH Consulting based in Denver, Colorado.
She provides medical coding and billing education, assistance with payer audits and performs compliance reviews for her clients. Marvel enjoys teaching providers and their...
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