ICD-10 is a new diagnostic coding system for patient encounters introduced by CMS and is one of the biggest changes in health care this year. It will replace the ICD-9 diagnostic system on Oct. 1, 2015, expanding the billing codes from approximately 13,000 to 68,000 new codes and will be mandatory for payor reimbursement. pMD, whose mobile charge capture software allows physicians to enter hospital charges and patient handoff notes into their smartphones, helps practices navigate their conversion to ICD-10 so they can focus on patient care.
Mary McLean, Assistant Director of Operations at Indiana University Pediatric Associates, was on the ICD-10 transition team for over 300 providers in 29 multi-specialty pMD groups.
“pMD created an ICD-10 transition process that was easier and simpler than we were anticipating,” said McLean. “Once we started the conversion for our groups, we were prepared to hear some negative feedback from our physicians. However, not one physician had anything negative to say – the conversion to ICD-10 in pMD was a complete non-event for them. That says a great deal about the ease of use and user-friendliness of the pMD conversion process.”
pMD’s ICD-10 functionality allows providers to quickly and easily select the appropriate ICD-10 codes for patient encounters, in addition to providing a tool that facilitates the replacement of old ICD-9 codes previously associated with established patients. The ICD-10 diagnosis search utilizes pMD’s proprietary, advanced code search so that providers can find the more specific codes quickly and accurately.
The ICD-10 replacement tool is integrated within the patient visit screen in the pMD app, so providers can replace their previously-used ICD-9 codes without having to navigate away from the patient's visit. By using pMD's ICD-10 functionality, providers can learn the new ICD-10 code transitions gradually and seamlessly, and the office billing staff receives ICD-9 + ICD-10 codes on visits before October 1.
“From the business office standpoint, pMD’s ICD-10 conversion tool easily identified the one-to-one and the one–to-many mappings for each specialty, which allowed us to prioritize our workload,” explains McLean. “Since pMD focuses their product development from the viewpoint of the end-user, they programmed the conversion tool in such a way that each ICD-9 code was mapped only once across our organization regardless of how many of our specialties used it – this was a huge time-saver. We have been very impressed by pMD’s preparation for ICD-10, their forward thinking, and their focus on the end-users of the product.”
pMD’s mobile charge capture, secure messaging, care coordination, and HIE services support doctors across multiple specialties and improve patient care. Doctors use pMD to enter their billing charges into Android, iPhone, iPad, and iPad Mini devices at the point of patient care. pMD increases efficiency and security in a practice through automation and secure, HIPAA-compliant text messaging. Doctors using charge capture are increasing their ROI in a time where Medicare cuts, ICD-10, PQRS, and other costs are significantly impacting profitability. pMD provides free interfaces with most major electronic medical records, hospital information, and medical billing systems, including Allscripts Pro PM, Allscripts Tiger, athenaCollector by athenahealth, Cerner, eClinicalWorks, Epic, GE Centricity (formerly Millbrook and IDX), MEDITECH, MobileMD, NextGen, and Vitera Intergy (Sage).