Author Topic: Billing Seminars  (Read 3143 times)

DMK

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Billing Seminars
« on: January 28, 2010, 11:34:40 AM »
Just received a call from National Provider Compliance stating that there is an April 1, 2010 deadline to be compliant with the "new" ICD10 coding, "new" CPT, and "new" Medicare coding.  They have a 1/2 day seminar for $147.00 to make sure we providers are getting every penney and on time.

Has anyone heard of this?  Any feedback?

Thanks!

Dina

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Re: Billing Seminars
« Reply #1 on: January 28, 2010, 06:16:08 PM »
Dina, I and my peers are currently working on our X12 5010 and ICD-10 project and I am unaware or have heard of any April 2010 Deadline.  Our planning and development stage begin in 2009  Our 2010 plan, we are focusing on system development System changes to comply with 5010 should be done by January 2011, at the latest, for testing/revision during 2011 (for 5010 compliance by January 1, 2012).  Sounds like someone is trying to make a quick buck.  Here is a peek at my our current progress


1.  Complete impact assessments initiated in 2009. By early 2010 identifie what systems are affected by ICD-10 and to what extent, where and how much training and when, and estimated effort to do conversions from ICD-9 to ICD-10, in order to determine capacity and required staffing levels to complete  budget planning.


2.  Determine the implementation strategy by early 2010. Determine both the business strategy and technical strategy


3.  Define functional requirements. Based on the implementation strategy, define functional requirements for system development efforts and perhaps begin system development before the end of 2010. Provide ICD-10 coding training. Staff who translate coverage policies require detailed training on application of the ICD-10 code sets. It could easily take a year or two to update/translate all the coverage policies from ICD-9 to ICD-10. Training must be done in 2010 so you are prepared to begin this conversion in 2011.


Hope this helps
« Last Edit: January 28, 2010, 06:19:18 PM by oneround »
Michael A. Reynolds, CPC, CCP-P, CPMB, OS
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Re: Billing Seminars
« Reply #2 on: January 28, 2010, 08:35:03 PM »
Dina,

     Sounds like a scare tactic to get you to sign up for their seminar.

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Re: Billing Seminars
« Reply #3 on: January 29, 2010, 02:04:53 AM »
I really would be interested in a contact number to this facility, so that I could question them about this so called, April deadline?
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« Reply #4 on: January 29, 2010, 06:00:21 AM »
This is a common tactic.  They take an upcoming deadline for something small, turn it into a serious concern, present themselves as a government agency (not outright, but by implication) and scare people into paying to attend their seminar.  I don't know the number for this one, but Dina should have it.  They usually send out a flyer or brochure.

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Re: Billing Seminars
« Reply #5 on: January 29, 2010, 10:33:10 AM »
The phone number is 800-669-3328.  The woman I talked to faxed me the "scare tactics".  I'd be happy to fax it to you if you're interested.

Call me stupid, but I'm still not understanding all the gobbledy gook.  If i understand right, the ICD-9 has run out of code numbers so they want all providers to switch to ICD-10 to be able to further specify conditions.

I have no idea what HIPAA 5010 is.

I know I've posted this before, but why aren't the insurance companies held accountable to be sure that, at minimum, their participating providers know how to bill correctly?

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« Reply #6 on: January 30, 2010, 10:18:04 AM »
The deadline for icd 10 is Oct 1, 2013.  But it is highly recommended that people do not wait until the deadline to prepare.  ICD10's are very different then the ICD9's.  It is important to begin preparing for the transition.  At this point, insurance companies aren't responsible for making sure providers know how to bill, they are only responsible for making providers aware of their requirements and policies.  That is why these companies are successful at getting people to fall for their tactics and buy into their seminars. 

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Re: Billing Seminars
« Reply #7 on: February 03, 2010, 08:38:35 PM »
I agree we shouldn't wait till last minute, however it's my understanding the ICD10 is not ready, they are continually making changes. I also think like everything else.. we'll see a delay with this too. What I'd like to see is the AMA lose their monopoly over CPT codes <g> 
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« Reply #8 on: February 03, 2010, 08:53:38 PM »
I contatcted this ffice and tey back peddled on the ICD-10 and wen on to tell me tt they were speaking on new local California Medicare billing compliance due by April 2010.  LOL.  I shared this with my peers and they got a kick out of it.  On of my officers did mention that CMS had made a fraud mention of that company.   
Michael A. Reynolds, CPC, CCP-P, CPMB, OS
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Sharp HealthCare