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ICD-10 Code Set to Replace ICD-9

ICD-10 Compliance Deadline: Oct. 1, 2015

The ICD-10 (International Classification of Diseases, Revision 10) is in effect as of Oct.1. The American Medical Association is focusing on steps to ease the transition and mitigate potential disruption in claims processing, physicians’ workflow and patients’ access to care.

Problems with Medicare Claims?

Some physicians may experience problems in the processing of their Medicare claims and other administrative transactions after the ICD-10 implementation. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has named William Rogers, MD, an emergency medicine physician and the head of CMS’s Physician Regulatory Issues Team, to be its ICD-10 ombudsman, who will receive and triage physician and provider problems. The AMA offers an ICD-10 complaint form by email, where you can register complaints with the ombudsman, as well as a list of suggestions for further steps you can take. CMS is also establishing a communication center that will begin monitoring ICD-10 issues beginning at the end of September 2015.

Please note: Forms will be sent directly to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). The AMA will not provide individual responses to each complaint.

CMS and AMA Flexibility for ICD-10 Medicare Claims

On July 6, with less than three months remaining until the Oct. 1 deadline, CMS and the AMA announced efforts to continue to help physicians prepare for ICD-10. Read CMS’s guidance in response to the AMA’s concerns, as well as a set of questions and answersPDF FIle.

ICD-10 Educational Resources and Implementation Tools

These educational resources and implementation planning tools will increase your understanding of ICD-10 and help you prepare for its transition.

News and Updates on ICD-10

AMA Wire has the latest articles and viewpoints and a special ICD-10 series focused on timely tips and information to help physicians prepare for the Oct. 1 deadline. Also, read the latest press release on the code set.

ICD-10 FAQs

The updated Frequently Asked Questions page summarizes the differences between ICD-10 and ICD-9, details who needs to upgrade to ICD-10 and recommends steps that you can take to prepare for the conversion to the new system.

Medicare Payment

Medicare continues to update the National Coverage Determinations (NCD) and Local Coverage Determinations (LCD). Learn more about ICD-10 payment.

AMA’s Efforts to Ease ICD-10 Transition

The AMA has advocated for physicians during the transition to ICD-10 by voicing physicians’ concerns to powerful stakeholders and policymakers. Read the most recent advocacy letters, calls, responses and testimonies that best represent the AMA’s concerns about ICD-10 and illustrate its commitment to removing barriers to a satisfying and sustainable practice.

AMA ICD-10 Products

The AMA Store offers for-sale training materials and other resources to help you understand and implement the new codes. Choose from among the following or view all of our ICD-10 offerings:

ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS codebooks with official guidelines to help you stay up-to-date on all of the latest codes.
ICD-10 resources for in-depth guidance on anatomy and physiology, code mapping and documentation.
Specialty-specific coding cards and ICD-9-CM to ICD-10-CM mapping cards to reference quickly codes related to different specialties.
Data files that allow facilities to add ICD-10 codes to their software

 

6 Empowering Benefits of Medical Transcription Outsourcing

Medical transcription business is on the rise and so medical practitioners need to decide whether they wish to conduct medical transcription in-house or outsource it to an offshore location. In this article; we look at the various benefits that can be derived from outsourcing medical transcription services to an offshore medical transcription provider.

Medical transcription business has become quite popular. But doctors are so busy with their day-to-day schedule; it becomes very difficult for them to transcribe the documents at the time of patient visit. Hence; they outsource the medical transcription service to a third party. Let us look at some of the benefits of outsourcing medical transcription services:

  • Cost effective: The major reason for outsourcing medical transcription service is the cost benefit that can be derived from it. Offshore locations give tremendous opportunities to medical practitioners to get the transcription services done at a cheaper cost that is normally associated with US. Some of the additional benefits of outsourcing transcription services to off-shore locationare:
    • Lower per line cost
    • Lower direct labor costs
    • Lower costs in HR, administrative and training areas
    • Lower annual maintenance costs for maintenance of digital and transcription equipment
  • Exploits industry experience: Clients stand-out from the rest of transcription industrywith the help of experience gained by them. They have significant experience working on wide array of medical records like:
    • Operative Note
    • Discharge Summary
    • Progress Note
    • Emergency Room Procedure
  • Exploit time zone differences on offshore locations: The time zone difference between India and US gives an advantage to the clients to download, transcribe and transmit the documents overnight so that US medical practitioners get the transcribed document the following working day. This ensures fastest turnaround time in the industry.
  • High quality and accurate medical records: Medical transcription service providers adhere to globally standardized, HIPAA compliant medical transcription processand follow stringent multi-level QA procedures. The QA procedures include:
    • Editing
    • Proofreading
    • Reviewing of completed records

Medical transcription service providers ensure that quality of the transcribed documents is maintained. They also enforce penalties to those who do not adhere to the quality standards and turnaround times.

  • Reduced HR responsibility in Hiring, Training and Administration: Human Resources departments of healthcare facilities and hospitals can substantially reduce the time, resources and effort on hiring, training and maintaining medical transcription staff on their payroll. Medical transcription is required across all the departments and functionalities, 24 x 7 including on-call and emergency room procedures. Hence; if the transcription services are outsourced then the number of staff required for payroll processing, hiring and administrative responsibilities are reduced drastically.
  • No affect of seasonal fluctuations in staffing: U.S. medical transcription business is seriously affected by seasonal fluctuations. During winter patient consultations are on the rise and during holiday seasons such as Christmas and Thanksgiving; hospitals are largely understaffed. When the medical transcription services are outsourced to offshore locations, these seasonal fluctuations in staffing do not affect the business.

About Mediscribes

Mediscribes, Inc. is one of the fastest growing Medical Transcription & document management systems providers in United States, based in Metro Louisville. Mediscribes is an ISO 9000-2001 certified company, rendering cost-effective consolidated transcription solutions to major hospitals, clinics, and other healthcare facilities in United States. Mediscribes is the most value-providing organization in the market today with a strong presence in America and offshore locations. The firm specializes in providing highly accurate transcription adhering to ADHI guidelines in unbeatable turnaround time with robust & proven document management system as its vantage point to its esteemed clientele.

Mediscribes provides end-to-end transcription solutions as its primary offering. For our customers, we focus on dictation systems, both ASP as well as enterprise level solutions, with the help of our most valued asset ezVoiceIntelligence (ezVI), providing specialty-specific qualitative transcription along with a “whole nine yards” document management system. Mediscribes specializes in EMR data integration as well. Our data dispatch department is highly proficient in integrating transcribed reports into any type of EMR. Healthcare facilities that do not have EMR get the option to use our web-based file monitoring interface called eTranscribe for global access to their data. eTranscribe has special features of E-signing, E-faxing, auto-printing, and user-friendly document search criteria.

For additional information, please visit http://www.mediscribes.com
Media Contact (Mediscribes)
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marketing@mediscribes.com

Mediscribes
12806 Townepark Way
Louisville, KY 40243-2311
Ph: 502-400-9374
http://www.mediscribes.com
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7 GREAT WAYS TO PREPARE FOR MEDICAL TRANSCRIPTION TEST

Medical transcription companies select medical transcriptionists after taking initial tests. In this article; we look at the different ways through which medical transcriptionists can prepare for the test.

Medical transcription companies have different evaluation techniques for assessing the skills and knowledge of an MT during the hiring process. Medical transcription tests generally consist of grammar, vocabulary, and typing tests with selected voice files. They can be stressful if proper preparation is not done before the interview. These tests may include: grammar, vocabulary and typing tests with selected voice files. Let us look at some of the ways to prepare for medical transcription test:

  • Carry reference material if allowed by the medical transcription company: Most of the medical transcription companiesallow medical transcriptionists to use reference materials during medical transcription testing. If that is the case, then carry your reference materials like: dictionaries, medical word books, favorite medical websites etc. in an organized manner so that they are handy and can be useful during test.
  • Take a good nap night before the test: It is always advisable to have a good night’s sleep before taking the medical transcription test. You will feel refreshed and energetic for the all important test. Start the day with a fresh mind. Take a hot bath before the tests; so that you are well awake and alert for the test.
  • Disconnect with all distractions of the outer world prior to the test: Before you start off with the transcription test disconnect from all the possible distractions of the outer world. Inform your family members and friends not to distract you from the test. Turn off your mobile, radio etc. before initiating the test.
  • Relax and take deep breath before answering a question: When you start a test, take a deep breath so that your mind does not turn out to be blank. Even if you are unable to answer a particular question, skip to the next question. You can then go back to correct or complete the answer. Always revise the answers before submitting it to the employers.
  • Take a short break before the test: It is always advisable to take a short break before going for the typing test. Browse internet on mobile, listen to music on radio, see text messages, walk around etc.
  • Always leave some space for difficult words in the transcribed documents: The actual typing test will determine your appointment. Hence; it is very important to relax and breathe easily before taking the test. There are times when medical transcription companies give you difficult dictators. Hence; it is always advisable to keep blank spaces. Do not guess at a patient’s medical records. A medical transcription company will hire you quicker if you leave blanks than guess.
  • Always proof-read the dictation before sending: After completing the transcribed document always re-listen to the dictation for proof. If you have left some blank spaces then try to fill them up. If you have made some mistake then correct it immediately. Take a break, relax and then run the spell-check option for accurate results.

A good medical transcriptionist would always take care of the points mentioned above.

About Mediscribes

Mediscribes, Inc. is one of the fastest growing Medical Transcription & document management systems providers in United States, based in Metro Louisville. Mediscribes is an ISO 9000-2001 certified company, rendering cost-effective consolidated transcription solutions to major hospitals, clinics, and other healthcare facilities in United States. Mediscribes is the most value-providing organization in the market today with a strong presence in America and offshore locations. The firm specializes in providing highly accurate transcription adhering to ADHI guidelines in unbeatable turnaround time with robust & proven document management system as its vantage point to its esteemed clientele.

Mediscribes provides end-to-end transcription solutions as its primary offering. For our customers, we focus on dictation systems, both ASP as well as enterprise level solutions, with the help of our most valued asset ezVoiceIntelligence (ezVI), providing specialty-specific qualitative transcription along with a “whole nine yards” document management system. Mediscribes specializes in EMR data integration as well. Our data dispatch department is highly proficient in integrating transcribed reports into any type of EMR. Healthcare facilities that do not have EMR get the option to use our web-based file monitoring interface called eTranscribe for global access to their data. eTranscribe has special features of E-signing, E-faxing, auto-printing, and user-friendly document search criteria.

For additional information, please visit http://www.mediscribes.com

Media Contact (Mediscribes)
Mike Perry
marketing@mediscribes.com

Mediscribes
12806 Townepark Way
Louisville, KY 40243-2311
Ph: 502-400-9374
http://www.mediscribes.com
http://www.bizscribes.com
Copyright © 2009. Mediscribes.
Mediscribes is a registered trademark. All Rights Reserved.

3 Indispensable Characteristics Prevalent in Good Medical Transcription Companies

Medical transcription services have become an integral part of the health care domain. With so many medical transcriptioncompanies already in the market, it becomes very difficult for the medical practitioners to identify the right company for their needs. There are three indispensable characteristics which need to be prevalent in good medical transcription companies:

  • Dependability of the service provider: According to HIPAA guidelines; personal information of the patient should not be displayed to another identity except the medical examiner. Hence; care should be taken that the information provided is safe and secure with the medical transcription company. Check the clientele of the service provider. It will give you a fair idea of the goodwill of the provider. Also check the quality of the transcription services including accent and technologies used in transcribed document.
  • Efficiency of service: The most influential deciding factor in selecting a medical transcription service provider is the value provided by the transcription company to the medical practitioners. A quick turnaround time at a feasible cost is an additional bonus. Usually good transcription companies take less than 24 hours to deliver the report. However; there are other companies which provide the services in 4 to 6 hours with an additional cost. A good transcription company will always charge you on number of lines in the transcription. You should always ask if they charge any additional cost for corrections in the transcription.
  • Type of technology adopted: Lots of technologies are used by medical transcription companies including toll-free phone dictations, recording on hand-held digital devices and PC applications. A good medical transcription company will always use latest technology in a secured manner; so that the information is safe.

About Mediscribes

Mediscribes, Inc. is one of the fastest growing Medical Transcription & document management systems providers in United States, based in Metro Louisville. Mediscribes is an ISO 9000-2001 certified company, rendering cost-effective consolidated transcription solutions to major hospitals, clinics, and other healthcare facilities in United States. Mediscribes is the most value-providing organization in the market today with a strong presence in America and offshore locations. The firm specializes in providing highly accurate transcription adhering to ADHI guidelines in unbeatable turnaround time with robust & proven document management system as its vantage point to its esteemed clientele.

Mediscribes provides end-to-end transcription solutions as its primary offering. For our customers, we focus on dictation systems, both ASP as well as enterprise level solutions, with the help of our most valued asset ezVoiceIntelligence (ezVI), providing specialty-specific qualitative transcription along with a “whole nine yards” document management system. Mediscribes specializes in EMR data integration as well. Our data dispatch department is highly proficient in integrating transcribed reports into any type of EMR. Healthcare facilities that do not have EMR get the option to use our web-based file monitoring interface called eTranscribe for global access to their data. eTranscribe has special features of E-signing, E-faxing, auto-printing, and user-friendly document search criteria.

For additional information, please visit http://www.mediscribes.com

Media Contact (Mediscribes)
Mike Perry
marketing@mediscribes.com

Mediscribes
12806 Townepark Way
Louisville, KY 40243-2311
Ph: 502-400-9374
http://www.mediscribes.com
http://www.bizscribes.com
Copyright © 2009. Mediscribes.
Mediscribes is a registered trademark. All Rights Reserved.

5 Definite Reasons To Integrate Transcription With EMR System

Medical transcription business has reached a new milestone with the integration of eMR. In this article; we look at different reasons to integrate transcription services with eMR system.

With the emergence of Electronic Medical Record (EMR) system; there was a big question mark over the medical transcription industry. But with the synchronization of both these processes medical practitioners have been able to save lot of time, increase productivity and get accurate documentation in a timely manner. Let us now look at some of the reasons to integrate transcription with eMR system:

  • Quick and efficient output: Medical practitioners are usually busy in their clinics/practices so they do not have time to type patient’s notes into eMR system. Hence; dictation systems helps medical practitioners in saving time and directly integrates the transcribed document in eMR system. This enables the doctors to keep up the pace with their productivity rate.
  • Synchronization with eMRs: eMRs have significantly reduced the workload of medical transcriptionists. With the help of the software the transcribed documents can be directly inserted in the eMR of the respective medical practitioner by using Discrete Reportable Transcription (DRT). eMRs are meeting the “meaningful use” requirements, and a complete and accurate patient visit record is being recorded.
  • Generates profit: It becomes quite cumbersome for the medical practitioners to stop typing into eMR during each patient visit. This results in reduced patients which ultimately reduces the profit. Using a lucrative dictation system, medical practitioners can continue to see more patients thereby increasing the profits.
  • Decreases data-entry costs: Medical practitioners cannot be used for data-entry tasks. They are too good of a resource to be wasted on data-entry tasks. If you hire an in-house medical transcriptionist you need to pay salary and benefits. Voice recognition systems are too costly and show a higher error rate than a human transcriptionist.
  • Accuracy of information: If the medical practitioners type their own notes it can lead to higher error rate. Usually they have to shift from one appointment to another which can affect the accuracy of the notes. Also there are times when medical practitioners use copy-paste or copy-forward function on eMR which results in inaccurate information being stored on patient’s record.

With the amalgamation of eMR with Medical Transcription business it becomes very easy for Medical Practitioners to conduct their day-to-day activities. A global medical transcription company exploits the services of eMR in an expertise manner; and gets the transcribed documents done in a quick time.

About Mediscribes

Mediscribes, Inc. is one of the fastest growing Medical Transcription & document management systems providers in United States, based in Metro Louisville. Mediscribes is an ISO 9000-2001 certified company, rendering cost-effective consolidated transcription solutions to major hospitals, clinics, and other healthcare facilities in United States. Mediscribes is the most value-providing organization in the market today with a strong presence in America and offshore locations. The firm specializes in providing highly accurate transcription adhering to ADHI guidelines in unbeatable turnaround time with robust & proven document management system as its vantage point to its esteemed clientele.

Mediscribes provides end-to-end transcription solutions as its primary offering. For our customers, we focus on dictation systems, both ASP as well as enterprise level solutions, with the help of our most valued asset ezVoiceIntelligence (ezVI), providing specialty-specific qualitative transcription along with a “whole nine yards” document management system. Mediscribes specializes in EMR data integration as well. Our data dispatch department is highly proficient in integrating transcribed reports into any type of EMR. Healthcare facilities that do not have EMR get the option to use our web-based file monitoring interface called eTranscribe for global access to their data. eTranscribe has special features of E-signing, E-faxing, auto-printing, and user-friendly document search criteria.

For additional information, please visit http://www.mediscribes.com

Media Contact (Mediscribes)
Mike Perry
marketing@mediscribes.com

Mediscribes
12806 Townepark Way
Louisville, KY 40243-2311
Ph: 502-400-9374
http://www.mediscribes.com
http://www.bizscribes.com
Copyright © 2009. Mediscribes.
Mediscribes is a registered trademark. All Rights Reserved.