If you have further questions about this matter, contact Melesia Tillman, CPC, CRHC, at (404) 633-3777 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Engage your staff from start to finish. Allow them to give their own ideas on a “plan of attack.” When your staff members are part of the planning, they will likely take more ownership in working toward the end goal.
ALERT: 2010 ICD-9-CM/CPT Code Changes
It’s time to review your charge tickets and encounter forms to reflect any changes for 2010, because revisions and/or additions of codes can greatly affect your practice.
ICD-9 codes changes took effect on October 1, and CMS does not allow a grace period; claims with invalid codes will be rejected. Be sure to verify all ICD-9-CM codes with your new 2010 ICD-9- CM manual. Keep in mind that CPT changes will take effect on January 1, 2010.
If you find that your A/R is still unmanageable or you need assistance with code changes for 2010, call the ACR’s practice management department at (404) 633-3777 or visit www.rheumatology.org and click on Practice Support.