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Medisoft V21 General Release

Medisoft V21 has officially been released by eMDs. Customers can now purchase and install by calling our office at (888) 799-4777!

Medisoft V21 – Practice Management Software for Your Practice

For the past two decades, Medisoft has been the best software available for independent practices to manage their practice. Medisoft will help you to efficiently and effectively manage your schedule, manage your claims, and manage the complete revenue cycle with your patients.

You’re Going to Love These New Features Within Medisoft

Online Appointment Scheduling

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This tool is for practices that want to reduce time the staff spends on scheduling appointments by phone. It will also help increase patient convenience and satisfaction. Patients can schedule and request appointments from a website, and enter basic demographic information which will speed up the intake process when a patient checks in at the office.

Advanced ICD-10 Search Tool

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This tool will help billers find the most specific code available, and quickly! The natural language query included will allow Medisoft users to search by code or description and then set filters to narrow the code. The visual search function allows users to also click on anatomical diagrams.

Aged Transaction Cleanup Utility

This new feature is for Practices that are concerned that their database has aged transactions in them that are not collectible. Old balances can be cleaned out quickly. Have more confidence in sending patient statements knowing that aged balances have been removed. Reduce the amount of time spent muddling through irrelevant data and get more insight into the state of the practice. This tool allows you to get a fresh start and move forward with a newer and cleaner Database.

Integrated Appointment Reminder System

Medisoft is more tightly integrated with the AutoRemind service, and drastically reduces no-shows. AutoRemind is proven to cost less and be more effective than making phone calls during business hours. With this service you can send automated appointment reminders to patients via secure emails, text messages or even via automated phone calls at a time that is convenient to your patients. Patients can confirm their appointments and you will see the appointment status update in the system. Get more out of your program and help keep patients from missing their appointments with AutoRemind!

*FREE 30 day trial! Additional Fees May Apply.

Get Medisoft V21 With a Medisoft Subscription

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Medisoft users have been thrilled that they can now pay a low monthly price for Medisoft. With Medisoft Monthly™, you will always be on the most current version, you’ll get professional installation, unlimited technical support, training and many more valuable tools and services to help you get the most out of Medisoft.

With these items bundled together, we’re able to offer you the lowest price available anywhere!

Go to our website here to learn more about Medisoft and how we can help your practice be empowered to deliver the best care for your patients. Or, give us a call at (888) 799-4777 to find out more about pricing.

 

Is Lytec 2014 ICD-10 Ready?

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This is one of the big questions we frequently get – “Is Lytec 2014 ICD 10 Compliant or not?”

The answer is “Yes”, but with an astericks.

Why An Astericks?

Lytec version 2014 has all of the ICD 10 features and tools that you need for the ICD 10 transition. However, if there are any needed updates for ICD10 features, version 2014 will not be updated. As always, only the current version will be updated, which is currently Lytec 2015.

Upgrade to Lytec 2015 for peace of mind, and always stay on the current version to receive the latest updates, hotfixes, patches, and the latest features.

When Lytec version 2014 was released late 2013, it was released with all the required elements necessary to make the transition to ICD 10 in October 2014 (which was the due date at the time). While the government may have stalled the release of ICD 10, McKesson did not stop innovating and improving Lytec for its users.

In March of 2015, the current version of Lytec (version 2015) became generally available with all new features for enhancing patient intake using the Mobile App. The ICD-10 features in Lytec v2015 are in fact identical to those available in v2014. However, the ICD-10 features have not been fully put to the test yet.

Don’t get me wrong, the product was built to the ICD 10 specifications available at the time and was tested to the extent it could be, but unlike a typical beta period where it could be tested end-to-end, payers and clearinghouses were not ready to test with their updated software at the time of release.

What makes ICD 10 so challenging is that in essence payers, clearinghouses and end users all needed to have products released and ready to test with each other. So in essence we are all in beta together. Had the October 2014 date stuck, Lytec 2014 would have been put to the test, and in the industry of ever changing government/payer/clearinghouse requirements, McKesson would have supported changes to the product because it would have been their current version.

Now that version 2015 has been released, if there are any required changes or updates, then those updates will only be written for Lytec 2015 as it is McKesson’s policy to only support the current version.

What Needs To Be Updated In Lytec 2014 Or 2015?

The truth is nobody knows if an update will be necessary or not. The problem is there are still a lot of unknowns with ICD 10. We like the rest of the industry are still holding our breath to see if all the meticulous development efforts meet the demands of payers and clearinghouses- remember we are all in beta together!

What we can tell you is that providers and payers are actively engaging to complete testing and we are monitoring these exchanges closely.

From our decades of experience in the industry we can also tell you that small patches and fixes are a normal/expected part of working with any newly released software. This is the biggest change in the medical industry in 35 years, and across the board all software systems that have to communicate with each other are all being updated and going through the same process you are.

We are encouraging all of our users to stay in front of ICD 10 by participating in testing, but even the time to do that is starting to run short. If you discover any issues as you test it should be reported to our support department so they can be addressed and resolved as quickly as possible (typically through a software patch/hot fix).

Remember that clearinghouses and payers are also working on updated software in “test mode” so they may make adjustments on their end or change requirements that McKesson will then be forced to respond to. Once we are past the testing phase we will all move to go-live, and on October 1, 2015 the industry as a whole will experience their first live action using the new codes and submitting claims.

Users, and clearinghouses, and payers may still discover that there are little glitches here and there that didn’t come out in testing. The simple truth is testing doesn’t always catch all of the problems and some things may need a little fix or a small update to fix a certain feature.

In these events, McKesson will issue a hot fix, or an update to the software, and as always, it will only be for the current version. At this time, Lytec 2015 is the current version and is the only version that will get any sort of update to fix any of these small issues.

The summary of that long explanation is that Lytec 2014 has all of the ICD 10 features and tools that you need. If there are any issues that need to be fixed, version 2014 will not be updated, only the current version will be updated, which is version 2015.

Do You Need To Upgrade From Lytec 2014 To Lytec 2015?

If you are currently using Lytec 2014, as far as we know you have the tools needed to bill and submit claims with ICD 10 codes. But, you should be aware that you are running a risk that if or when any bugs or issues are discovered, you may find yourself in a situation where you need to do a last minute upgrade because your software is no longer supported.

The good news is that to upgrade to version 2015, that is called a one-version-old upgrade, and you will receive the biggest discount available for the new software.

It is always your cheapest option to upgrade to the latest version from the prior year’s version. Staying on the current version is also the way that you can ensure that your practice will get updates to the software when needed, and you’ll always have the latest features.

If you feel the need to upgrade to Lytec 2015 to be sure that your software works best for ICD 10, we’ll be happy to help you out.

Give us a call at (888) 799-4777.

Is Medisoft 19 ICD 10 Compliant?

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This is the big question we frequently get – “Is Medisoft v19 ICD 10 Ready?”

The answer is “Yes”, with conditions.

Why Conditionally “Yes”?

Medisoft version 19 has all of the ICD 10 features and tools that you need for the ICD 10 transition. However, if there are any issues that need to be fixed for ICD10, version 19 will not be updated. As always, only the current version will be updated, which is currently version 20.

Upgrade to version 20 for peace of mind, and always stay on the current version to receive the latest updates, hotfixes, patches, and the best features.

When Medisoft version 19 was released late 2013, it was released with all the required elements necessary to make the transition to ICD 10 in October 2014 (which was the due date at the time). While the government may have stalled the release of ICD 10, McKesson did not stop innovating and improving Medisoft for its users.

In March of 2015, the current version of Medisoft (version 20) became generally available with all new features for enhancing patient intake using the Mobile App. The ICD-10 features in Medisoft v20 are in fact identical to those available in v19. However, the ICD 10 features have not been fully put to the test yet.

Don’t get me wrong, the product was built to the ICD 10 specifications available at the time and was tested to the extent it could be, but unlike a typical beta period where it could be tested end to end, payers and clearinghouses were simply not ready to test at the time of release.

What makes ICD 10 so challenging is that in essence payers, clearinghouses and end users all needed to have products released and ready to test with each other. So in essence we are all in beta together. Had the October 2014 date stuck, v19 would have been put to the test, and in the industry of ever changing government/payer/clearinghouse requirements, McKesson would have supported changes to the product because it would have been their current version.

Now that version 20 has been released, if there are any required changes or updates, then those updates will only be written for version 20 as it is McKesson’s policy to only support the current version.

What Needs To Be Updated In Medisoft 19 Or 20?

The truth is nobody knows if an update will be necessary or not. The problem is there are still a lot of unknowns with ICD 10. We like the rest of the industry are still holding our breath to see if all the meticulous development efforts meet the demands of payers and clearinghouses- remember we are all in beta together!

What we can tell you is that providers and payers are actively engaging to complete testing and we are monitoring these exchanges closely.

From our decades of experience in the industry we can also tell you that small patches and fixes are a normal/expected part of working with any newly released software. This is the biggest change in the medical industry in 35 years, and across the board all software systems that have to communicate with each other are all being updated and going through the same process you are.

We are encouraging all of our users to stay in front of ICD 10 by participating in testing, but even the time to do that is starting to run short. If you discover any issues as you test it should be reported to our support department so they can be addressed and resolved as quickly as possible (typically through a software patch/hot fix).

Remember that clearinghouses and payers are also working on updated software in “test mode” so they may make adjustments on their end or change requirements that McKesson will then be forced to respond to. Once we are past the testing phase we will all move to go-live, and on October 1, 2015 the industry as a whole will experience their first live action using the new codes and submitting claims.

Users, and clearinghouses, and payers may still discover that there are little glitches here and there that didn’t come out in testing. The simple truth is testing doesn’t always catch all of the problems and some things may need a little fix or a small update to fix a certain feature.

In these events, McKesson will issue a hot fix, or an update to the software, and as always, it will only be for the current version. At this time, Medisoft v20 is the current version and is the only version that will get any sort of update to fix any of these small issues.

The summary of that long explanation is that Medisoft version 19 has all of the ICD 10 features and tools that you need. If there are any issues that need to be fixed, version 19 will not be updated, only the current version will be updated, which is version 20.

Do You Need To Upgrade From Medisoft 19 To Medisoft 20?

If you are currently using Medisoft version 19, as far as we know you have the tools needed to bill and submit claims with ICD 10 codes. But, you should be aware that you are running a risk that if or when any bugs or issues are discovered, you may find yourself in a situation where you need to do a last minute upgrade because your software is no longer supported.

The good news is that to upgrade to version 20, that is called a one-version-old upgrade, and you will receive the biggest discount available for the new software.

It is always your cheapest option to upgrade to the latest version from the prior year’s version. Staying on the current version is also the way that you can ensure that your practice will get updates to the software when needed, and you’ll always have the latest features.

If you feel the need to upgrade to Medisoft version 20 to be sure that your software works best for ICD 10, we’ll be happy to help you out.

Give us a call at (888) 799-4777.

ICD-10 Code Training

Are You Looking For ICD-10 Code Training?

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Lately we have been getting a lot of questions about code training for ICD-10.

While we are experts for Medisoft and Lytec in the software and the tools available in the software, we admittedly are not experts in coding, nor do we give billing training or advice. We can educate you on the features inside the program and help you learn to use them, those looking for code training and billing training need to be getting that sort of training from an accredited resource.

When it comes to code training and billing training, multiple resources exist but the most well known and respected resources are the AAPC (American Academy of Professional Coders) and AHIMA (American Health Information Management Association). Both of these entities provide courses covering a wide range of specialties and staff roles.

For coding training, click either of these links:

AAPC

AHIMA

There may also be associations that are specific to your specialty that you should research for educational information and training.

ICD-10 Features Training for Medisoft or Lytec

If you are looking for information on how to use the ICD-10 features that are found in the latest versions of Medisoft and Lytec, we have ICD-10 training webinar recordings that you can access for free by clicking here.

Are You Ready For ICD-10?

Have You Created A Plan To Transition To ICD-10 Yet?

icd-10If you haven’t started preparing for ICD10 , then today is the time to start preparations.  October 2015 may seem like a long time from now, but it will sneak up on you if you aren’t being proactive.  The transition to ICD-10 will require significant changes of everyone in your practice.  If you look on the internet you will find a lot of different advice on what to do to get prepared.  You will probably find so much that it will become confusing on what you really need to do to get ready for the transition.

We have created two simple documents designed to cut through all the boring details and get you the basic information that you need in a simple format.

How Will ICD-10 Effect Those Working At Your Practice?

Take a look at this quick overview of how Icd10 will impact different staff members and the Physician at your small practice.  This will give you a brief explanation of what you will need to do differently in your workflow. Go Ahead and print a copy for each member of your staff so everyone is on the same boat- because lets face it- most people think that this is a “biller’s problem” but that is not true.

Where Does Your Plan Begin?

Now properly equipped with a brief overview, check out this 2 page ICD-10 guide to help you create your plan.  It’s more like a checklist to help you identify key items that need to be addressed in order to get you ready for the transition. Print it off and start checking- the list is short and sweet but that doesn’t mean that it won’t require time and effort to get the things done- so don’t be fooled into thinking you can wait until the last minute.

Use both of these documents to help you get focused and un-lost from all of the 1000’s of pages of information out there about ICD-10. Seriously- print these off and hang them up in your office to remind yourself and those in the practice of what has to happen.

Won’t My Software Handle The ICD-10 Update For Me?

It is true that you will need a new version of software that is ICD-10 ready, but that is only one piece of the puzzle.  You MUST be personally involved in the planning and preparations.  The ICD-10 change will require far more planning and effort than previous updates.

Physician documentation is the first point of impact for this new code set.  If the physician doesn’t capture the new level of detail required to support an ICD-10 claim in his patient visit notes, there is little that can be done down the line to get the claim coded correctly.  Without proper supporting detail, the claim is likely to be rejected.

For example: Under ICD-9, code 729.5 covers “pain in the limb.”  Under ICD-10, it explodes into 31 possible selections based on which limb and which side of the body.  In ICD-9, there are 17,000 codes.  In ICD-10-CM there are 140,000 codes.  This explosion of “specificity” will have a profound impact on the physician’s practice.

This transition is unlike every other change you have gone through before.  ICD-10 will change everything!  Make sure your practice is making preparations now so that you aren’t panicking next fall.

In some articles we’ll post soon we’ll go over some other resources that are available that can help your practice get ready for the transition.

If your practice has a plan already, or if you are working on it, let us know what you’ve been doing to get ready.  Share with us in the comments section below what you’ve been doing that is working or what you’ve done that isn’t working to get ready.  We can all learn together.

Looking For More Information?

If you are looking for one central spot to serve as your resource of all resources to help you along the way then the website www.roadto10.org is your best bet.  It is a nice one stop shop for all things ICD-10 and could be very helpful to you.  It is there and ready for you to check it out.

Lytec Mobile App for Lytec 2015 Demo Video

Introducing the all new Lytec Mobile App for Lytec 2015 – Watch the Demo below…

New Lytec iPad AppHave you ever wished there was a way to have your patients just put all their demographics and insurance information into Lytec for you?  If they could just type it all in, then you wouldn’t have to try to interpret all of their bad handwriting.  With the new Lytec mobile app, this is now possible.

Just imagine being able to hand an iPad or Android tablet to a patient when they come in and then they can enter all their demographics and insurance information straight into Lytec for you.

Plus it gets better.  Also imagine the Dr. can enter all charges on an electronic superbill using the mobile app.  This information will be immediately available in Lytec to the biller who no longer has to re-key the information or deal with illegible handwriting on the old paper superbill.  This makes it so that the biller will be able to submit claims 60% sooner than before.

Huge End of the Year Savings For Lytec 2015 Going On Now!

If you buy Lytec 2015 now or up till the end of the year, you can cash in on huge promotional savings.  Call in to (888) 799-4777 to talk to a Lytec Specialist to see how much you can save.  One thing for sure is that AZCOMP continually has the best deals for Lytec, so call today to find out how much we can save you.

For more details on many more of the available features of Lytec 2015, visit our Lytec page.

Have you started your transition to ICD-10?

ICD-10 is coming and it is going to require some massive changes.  If you have not really thought about it yet, you need to start making a plan.  The first thing you need to do is download our ICD-10 checklist to help you make a plan – and start working on your plan!

Secondly, you need to have software that is capable of handling those changes.  Lytec 2015 is ICD-10 ready.  PLUS, it has tons of really helpful tools (like the code mapping feature) to make the transition easier and as smooth as possible.

Would you like to see a demo of the Lytec Mobile App?

The all new Lytec mobile app is compatible with Android tablets and Apple iPad’s.  This demo video will show you how you can use this awesome tool to capture patient information before an appointment, and how the Dr. can use it to help streamline your offices workflow.

Remember – right now is the time to buy Lytec 2015 because the savings of the current promotion will not last long.  Call AZCOMP now at (888) 799-4777 to speak with a Lytec specialist and secure your copy of ICD-10 ready Lytec 2015.

If you have any questions or would like to leave a comment – you can do that below and we’ll be sure to respond to your questions.

The All New Medisoft Mobile App For Medisoft Version 20

Introducing the all new Medisoft Mobile App for Medisoft Version 20 – Watch the Demo below…

New Medisoft iPad AppFront Desk, Doctors, & Billers LOVE it!

Have you ever wished there was a way to have your patients just put all their demographics and insurance information into Medisoft for you?  If they could just type it all in, then the front desk staff wouldn’t have to spend time entering that information or try to interpret all of their bad handwriting.  With the new Medisoft mobile app, this is now possible. You simply hand the iPad or Android Tablet to your patient and they enter the information or update existing information and hand it back to you.

Plus it gets better.  Imagine the Dr. can enter all charges on an electronic superbill using the mobile app.  This is available immediately in Medisoft to the biller, who no longer has to spend tons of time re-keying the information or deal with illegible handwriting on the old paper superbill.  And superbills don’t get lost (especially the ones from the hospital). Having all the information already in medisoft makes it so that the biller will be able to submit claims 60% sooner than before. Easy to see why Doctors and Billers love the new app.

The new app also helps make the transition to ICD-10 much easier. On average most practices have a paper superbill that is 2 pages. With the massive expansion in codes the 2 page superbill can now be a 9 page superbill! Electronic superbills are pretty much going to be a necessity with ICD-10.

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Would you like to see a demo of the Medisoft Mobile App?

The all new Medisoft mobile app is compatible with Android tablets and Apple iPad’s.  This demo video will show you how you can use this awesome tool to capture patient information before an appointment, and how the Dr. can use it to help streamline your offices workflow.

 

Huge End of the Year Savings For Medisoft Version 20 Going On Now!

If you buy Medisoft v20 now or up till the end of the year, you can cash in on huge promotional savings.  Call in to (888) 799-4777 to talk to a Medisoft Specialist to see how much you can save.  One thing for sure is that AZCOMP continually has the best deals for Medisoft, so call today to find out how much we can save you.

For more details on many more of the available features of Medisoft v20, visit our Medisoft page.

Have you started your transition to ICD-10?

ICD-10 is coming and it is going to require some massive changes.  If you have not really thought about it yet, you need to start making a plan.  The first thing you need to do is download our ICD-10 checklist to help you make a plan – and start working on your plan!

Free Medisoft TrainingSecondly, you need to have software that is capable of handling those changes.  Medisoft v20 is ICD-10 ready.  PLUS, it has tons of really helpful tools (like the code mapping feature) to make the transition easier and as smooth as possible.

PLUS – with the purchase of ICD-10 ready Medisoft v20 from AZCOMP, we will send you FREE advanced training DVD’s.  These DVD’s have hours of training that will show you what you need to know about the program to help you use the ICD-10 tools.  This will be a huge resource to you, and it is FREE with your purchase of v20 from AZCOMP Technologies.

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Remember – right now is the time to buy Medisoft v20 because the savings of the current promotion will not last long.  Call AZCOMP now at (888) 799-4777 to speak with a Medisoft specialist and secure your copy of ICD-10 ready Medisoft version 20.

If you have any questions or would like to leave a comment – you can do that below and we’ll be sure to respond to your questions.

Does the thought of the ICD-10 transition make you feel a little uneasy?

If you want want that uneasy feeling to go away, the best place to start is right here.

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Are you looking for useful tools and documentation that will help you and your practice be ready for ICD10?  I’m sure you are all aware that the deadline for implementing and transitioning to ICD-10 has been pushed off another year to October 1, 2015.  Even though it is still over a year away, getting yourself prepared starting right now might be one of the best favors you can do for yourself.  So if you are looking for information about how to get prepared for the transition – then here we go.

If you haven’t visited the CMS website www.roadto10.org, it would be a good idea to go there soon to see what they have to offer.  Let’s take a look at two different tools that they have.

Webcast Series

So far there are 4 different webcasts that have been published with topics like “Training and Preparation on the “Road to 10”, and Clinical Documentation and Coding on the “Road to 10”.  There is another one scheduled for next week on August 26th called Transitioning onto the ICD-10 On-Ramp.  One more webcast beyond that is also in planning called Testing on the “Road to 10”.

In your preparations for the transition to ICD-10, these tools could prove to be valuable for you so we recommend that you give them a look.

Build Your Action Plan

example of an ICD-10 action plan to get your practice ready for transition to icd-10

On this road to 10 site, there is also a section that will help you build an action plan for your practice.  After you enter in your own information about the size of your practice and what sort of technology you are using, you tell the tool what stage of ICD-10 readiness you are in.  So if you are just in the planning stages, after you enter that in, a downloadable action plan will be generated for your use.

Here is a screen shot of what the plan overview looks like.

In that overview there are 5 different sections you need to focus on to getting ready for the transition.  Section 1: Plan Your Journey.   Section 2: Train Your Team.  Section 3: Update Your Processes.  Section 4: Engage Your Vendors & Payers.  Section 5: Test Your Systems and Processes.  In the action plan from the CMS website, each one of these sections has detailed information for you to review, tools provided and action steps defined for you to take to get ready.

If you are looking for resources to help you get ready then by all means, utilize these tools in your practice so that you will be ready when the time comes.  If you haven’t even thought about what it is going to take to get ready, then it is time to start thinking about it and this is where you can start.

Best Laid Plans

Sometimes the best laid plans quickly end up in shambles and that can be frustrating.  If you find yourself trying to get prepared for the ICD-10 transition and you keep getting stuck…we can help!

AZCOMP has some of the best trainers, educators and implementer’s in the country when it comes to helping small practices achieve success with transition and change and getting plans executed.  If you are feeling stuck and like you are not making any progress then give us a call at 888.799.4777.  We can help you get un-stuck and headed in the right direction.

What are you doing that is working?  What have you tried that others might want to avoid because it didn’t help you?  Share your successes and failures in the comments below so that we can all learn together. 

ICD-10 Delayed….Perfect Time To Get Prepared

Implementation of ICD-10 Delayed One Full Year

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It seems like old news already, but on Wednesday, April 2, 2014, President Obama signed the “doc fix” bill (HR 4302) into law.  In our specific industry, this means that the implementation of the use of the ICD-10 codes has been delayed now until October 1, 2015.

What does this mean for the healthcare industry?  Do you think this is a good thing or a bad thing?  We don’t have all of the answers, and probably don’t know all of the right questions to ask, but we do know a few things….

  1. All paper claims including Rebills must be on the new CMS form as of April 1.  There were no changes to this deadline.  If you are looking for more information on this, we have several blog posts about this.  You can go to a summary here: New CMS Form FAQ
  2. Nothing has changed for Meaningful Use Stage 2.  There has been some confusion in recent months about dates related to Stage 2 because of an announcement made by CMS in December 2013.  There was an extension of time rather than a delay.  So everyone needs to continue with Stage 2 preparations as previously planned.
  3. This is an amazing opportunity to better prepare for the implementation of ICD-10.

Initially, we were disappointed and upset when we heard the news that there was a bill that would delay the implementation of ICD-10.  That disappointment came mainly because we have invested a lot of time and energy and effort and resources into preparing for it to happen this year.  We have gone through great effort trying to get our clients prepared for the changes.  And so it felt like all of that effort went out the window.  I’m sure that many of the practices out there that were getting ready for ICD-10 felt the same way.  But that isn’t necessarily true that it all went out the window.

Moving Forward with ICD-10

In the glass is half full world, this is a great opportunity to be better prepared.  I think all of us in the industry agree that even though ICD-10 will cause us to spend extra time and money to implement, it does have a great purpose…and it is sorely needed.  The purpose of using the expanded and updated code set is so that we can capture better data about illnesses, diseases, symptoms, complaints, and causes of injury and diseases.   The better the data we have about these things, then we have an increased chance of developing better treatments and cures.  And the sooner we adopt the new code set, the sooner it will make a positive impact.  Obviously, that is a really good thing.

So, here at AZCOMP Technologies, we are planning to use the extended time that we have to better understand ICD-10 and to become better trained and more informed.  With this we can prepare better training for you, and help you be better prepared for the transition.

We all need to use this time wisely so that the transition is smooth.  ICD-10 is not an ‘if’, it is a ‘when’, and we know that right now the ‘when’ will catch you off guard if you don’t start preparing right now.  Do what is necessary for your practice to be on-board with implementation well in advance of the deadline.  In the past few weeks we have been absolutely flooded with practices calling to purchase a software that would help them implement the new CMS form in time for the April 1 deadline.  The sad thing is that this software has been available for purchase since this past November!  So many waited until the last minute calling in a panic, needing to upgrade so that they could submit their claims correctly using the 02/12 CMS 1500 form.  The lesson learned is that being prepared early will make your practice better, and will allow your patients to have a better experience at your office.

As more information becomes available about ICD-10, we will certainly keep you all updated with the information that is available.  We will be busy in the meantime preparing training and other information that will be helpful in preparing your practice for the ICD-10 transition.

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Website

While AZCOMP will do our best to provide you with timely and accurate information, there may be times when you will need to find out directly from the source what is going on.  We advise you to get your information from CMS.gov when it comes to ICD-10 and Meaningful Use.

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Setting up Medisoft 19 for the New Diagnosis Codes

Prior to Installation of Medisoft 19 for upgraders

Prior to installing Medisoft 19, print the Diagnosis Code grid as a reference for your existing diagnosis codes.

If your setup was non-standard, you may need to re-enter some codes after conversion.

During Conversion to Medisoft 19

When Medisoft 19 is installed, the following will take place automatically:

If the ICD-9 field (formerly the Code 2 field) was empty, all values in the old Code 1 field will be copied to the ICD-9 field. If the ICD-9 field was populated, no change will be made.

If the value in the old Code 1 field is copied, the description of the field will be copied into the Description field for the new ICD-9 field.

The ICD-10 field (formerly the Code 3 field) will be cleared. Any codes or other values that had been in this field must be re-entered after conversion to Medisoft 19. You can no longer use the old Code 3 field (now ICD-10 field) for ICD-9 codes. If your claims use this field, you must change them to use the ICD-9 field.

After Installation of Medisoft 19

Once the installation of Medisoft 19 is complete and your practice data has been converted, you can use the ICD-10 Code Mapping Utility to create ICD-10 equivalents for existing ICD-9 codes. For more information, see “Create ICD-10 Code Mapping Utility” on page 14. Where there is no direct correlation of an ICD-10 code to an ICD-9 code, you can make a choice based on your practice needs.

In addition, there is a new utility that quickly allows you to specify which code set (ICD-9 or ICD-10) your insurance carriers will be using. For more information on using this utility see the following blog posting: http://www.azcomp.com/blog/new-medisoft-v19-feature-setting-icd-version-utility/

If you have created custom labels for the old Code 1, 2, or 3 fields, you will need to recreate them.

After Installation–Electronic Claims for Upgraders

With Medisoft 19, you can no longer use Code 1 on the Diagnosis Entry screen for electronic claims, since this value is not specific to a version of the ICD code set. Instead, you must use the new Set ICD Version utility to set all of your carriers to use ICD-9. For more information on this screen, see the following blog posting: http://www.azcomp.com/blog/new-medisoft-v19-feature-setting-icd-version-utility/

After Installation–Paper Claims for Upgraders

If you had a customized insurance claim and it is possible that you set the claim to look at Code 1 or Code 3 (on the Diagnosis Entry screen) for box 21, you must change it to use the Code 2 field (now the ICD-9 field) when using the current CMS-1500 form.

Note: the table name in the report designer shows ICD-9.

The new claim delivered with v19 is already set to use the ICD-9 or ICD-10 fields.