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Editor's E-Note
Chatter about ICD-10 continues to mount as the industry awaits word from Health and Human Services about a potential new target date. It can be argued that the arrival of the new code sets affects no one more than physicians.

In this month’s E-News Exclusive, a consultant offers a few pointers on how to best prepare anxious doctors for the transition.

Also noteworthy in this issue is the preview of the AAPC conference, where ICD-10 should be on the top of everyone’s mind.

Lee DeOrio, editor
Other News
Innovation, Not ROI, Is the Benchmark for HIT
Innovation should supersede financial concerns when it comes to implementing HIT, according to this HealthLeaders Media editorial.

One Single Great EMR for All
One stupendous EMR should be able to cure many healthcare woes, says Carolyn McClanahan at Forbes.
Ask the Expert
Have a coding or transcription question? Get an expert answer by sending an e-mail to edit@gvpub.com.

This month's selection:
I work as a coder in an OB/GYN hospital. I came across a case where the patient had suffered a spinal cord injury one year previously and recently underwent a cesarean delivery. The indication for cesarean delivery was given as previous spinal cord injury. Please tell me what ICD-9-CM diagnosis code to assign for this case.
Shazia Maddi
Al Corniche Hospital
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

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Tech & Tools
5Star Urgent Response App
GreatCall's 5Star Urgent Response app offers immediate connection to live, certified response agents at the push of a button in emergency situations. The agents can identify and locate you, assess your situation, and then send appropriate help, which may include assistance in dispatching 911 emergency protocols. Agents also can conference in a registered nurse, family, and friends. Read more »

CardioTeach App
Boston Scientific's CardioTeach iPad app helps physicians educate patients about cardiovascular and peripheral diseases and treatments, specifically atrial and ventricular arrhythmias, coronary artery disease, heart failure, heart rhythm disorders, and peripheral vascular disease. Read more »

AirStrip OB Mobile App
AirStrip OB Mobile app connects doctors to women in labor, putting them "at the bedside" 24/7. Physicians can remotely access up to four hours of patient monitoritng data, including fetal heartbeats, maternal contraction patters, and vital signs. Read more »

Epocrates App Directory
Epocrates' mobile drug reference is now a platform for quick access and discovery of relevant medical apps. It can help create a customizable user experience and a platform that provides clinicians with faster access to trusted drug content and serves as a way to surface rich medical content. Read more »
E-News Exclusives
Five Things Every Physician Needs to Know About ICD-10 Documentation
By Stephanie L. Cecchini, CPC, CEMC, CHISP

Physicians have been told the ICD-9 sky is falling, and their practice will grind to a halt if they don’t properly prepare for ICD-10. For more than a decade, physician practices have been fighting tangible tigers—stiff regulatory compliance, decreased fee schedules, and increasing expenses. The result is that tuning out the ICD-10 chatter became easy. Now, however, the time for action has arrived.

Although the impact of ICD-10 on physicians remains ambiguous for many, the bottom line is clear: There is a danger of revenue cycle performance issues, decreased productivity, and time lost from patient care. What does the physician practice need to do to minimize the effect of uncertainty on objectives?

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AAPC Conference Preview
By Melanie Mestas

Medical coding and billing has come a long way over the past 20-plus years and is currently one of the most vital pieces to a smooth-running medical facility. AAPC, which will hold its 20th national conference from April 1 to 4 at the Rio Hotel and Convention Center in Las Vegas, has helped expand the industry since its inception and is always looking to push the industry into the future with hot topics such as ICD-10.

The annual conference addresses the “hot button” issues in our arenas as well as reviews the concepts that are basic to the industry. This year, the lineup includes more physician presenters than ever before as well as a host of business and industry professionals who are experts in their field.

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Industry Insight
Organizations Combine to Create HIT Company
Geared Toward HIEs

Santa Rosa Consulting, Inc recently announced that it has partnered with North Texas Specialty Physicians (NTSP) to create Sandlot Solutions, Inc, an HIT company that will develop and implement health information exchanges (HIEs) nationwide.

Sandlot Solutions will help meet the needs of a multitude of hospitals and health systems that realize the need to consolidate claims and clinical data while improving quality and disease management through advanced reporting and analytics.

Read more »
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