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Avery Hurt

Avery Hurt

Avery Hurt is a freelance writer based in Birmingham, Ala. Her work has appeared in publications including Newsweek, The New Physician, Muse, Parents, USA Today, and the Washington Post. E-mail her at editor@physicianspractice.com.

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The ICD-10 transition will continue into the next year for practices. Here are some tips you’ll need to take in 2016.


With a dearth of coders thanks to the ICD-10 transition, some practices find that training current staff is the best way to get good coders.

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During these early days of ICD-10 payers are accepting codes that aren't quite as specific as they should be. This won't last forever.

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Everything seems fine on the surface with ICD-10 thus far, but is there a false sense of security?

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The change to the ICD-10 coding system was greeted with dread and sometimes fear. But now that it's live, it's time to see what it can do.

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ICD-10 is now the official language of insurance claims. Here's how to avoid translation problems and other tips to keep your head above water


Creating a game plan for dealing with an increase in denied claims during the first few months of ICD-10 can save you money and headaches.

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Oct. 1 will be here before you know it. If you aren't ready for ICD-10, it's time to narrow your focus.


CMS recently offered new tools for the ICD-10 transition. But some providers are still floundering.

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With less than two months to go before the ICD-10 goes live, most physician practices haven't done readiness testing. Why not?


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