mdStrategies Announces ICD-10 Webinar Series

On October 1, 2013, the United States Department of Health and Human Services has mandated the current ICD-9 code sets be replaced by ICD-10 code sets. This implementation will dramatically change the way coding is done. mdStrategies will instruct you on the foundations of ICD-10, differences between ICD-9 and ICD-10, and how these changes will affect Ambulatory Surgery Centers.

October 26 Establishing the Basics – The best way to learn any new topic is to start at the beginning and that’s what we will do with Establishing the Basics.  ICD-10 diagnosis codes are alpha/numeric containing both numbers and letters and can be up to 7 characters long.  Learn what the different position of each character means along with the pertinent guidelines for code/character selections.
December 6 Understanding ICD-10 Anatomy and Pathophysiology – You may have heard that ICD-10 diagnosis codes are more specific.  Take fractures for instance, do you know the difference between Salter-Harris I-IV types of fractures?  When a coder is able to identify anatomical locations and different diseases by name it will assist in the code selection process and ensure greater coding accuracy.  This Webinar is designed to review portions of the anatomy and the associated injuries/diseases commonly treated in the ASC setting.
January 24 Practical Use of ICD-10 Orthopeadic and Spine – This webinar will build upon what you learned in Parts 1 and 2 and apply that knowledge to orthopeadic and spine diagnosis coding.  The analysis of these specialties will be more in depth giving the coder an added edge in ICD-10 training.
February 21 Practical Use of ICD-10 Pain Management, GI, Ophthalmology, and Urology - This webinar will build upon what you learned in Parts 1 and 2 and apply that knowledge to diagnosis coding in specialty specific training. The analysis of these specialties will be more in depth giving the coder an added edge in ICD-10 coding.

Click HERE to register for an upcoming ICD-10 Webinar.


mdStrategies Announces Strategic Partnership with Transcription Solutions

Improving the Accuracy of the Electronic Health Record

What medical facility wouldn’t want to achieve more accurate patient history notes? Through a joint collaboration of mdStrategies and Transcription Solutions facilities can streamline electronic health record entry through the use of speech understanding transcription. Today’s electronic health record systems for the medical community make promises they will improve patient care by eliminating errors, stem soaring costs, and make health care more efficient. Regrettably, these EHR systems do not always deliver on these promises.

Transcription Solutions fully provides 100% domestic service and support. All patient history is processed and delivered from secure, HIPPA compliant, Level 5 servers residing in the United States. Through advanced systems from Multi-Modal, patient history records are transcribed through the most advanced speech understanding computer system in the marketplace today. This enables a physician to transcribe the patient’s encounter in his/her normal speaking delivery – no matter the accent, language background, or speech impediments. The flexible system does not require a physician to spend valuable hours of dictating for the speech understanding to “learn” his/her language enunciation. Physicians can instantly speak the patient notes into a hand held device or use of a telephone on the first day of use. Through this advanced speech understanding of the individual medical provider’s dictation, much more accurate patient notes can be achieved on the first day of use by the medical facility.

The host transcription collection system through operating in a “cloud atmosphere” enables a physician to have full mobility but greater accuracy with their transcription requirements. Any reduction of transcription errors obviously offers quicker turnaround in processing claim payments and less administrative time by patient staff reconciling errors. All transcription services (and coding) can be received within 24 hours and can process “stat” patient requirements.

Any existing mdStrategies account can instantly gain accuracy as the transcription system “delivers” the patient note to the coders electronically. Through this interface, mdStrategies personnel are alleviated from “re-keying” pertinent patient demographics – again delivering a higher degree of accuracy through automation. The transcribed/coded note can then be delivered and inserted into any ASC EHR system.

In a quote from Alice Kugler, administrator of Fayetteville Family Medical Care, NC, “…Transcription Solutions definitely worked. There’s no more backlog of charts, and same-day turnaround is the norm. Our transcription costs have almost been cut in half. The transition has been incredibly smooth, because our practitioners didn’t have to do anything. Honestly, most of them didn’t even know we’d made a change—until they realized their charts were coming back to them so much faster.”
Why not improve your transcription today? Any existing mdStrategies coding client can receive the benefit of a free two week trial – at NO cost for the next 90 days. In addition, if a medical facility elects to perform transcription through the use of a mobile digital device – these will be provided at NO COST to existing mdStrategies clients.
Please contact Scott Megason, President mdStrategies
(281-358-0300 scott@mdstrategies.com)
or Richard Huffman, Director of Business Development Transcription Solutions (828-381-2130 rhuffman49@gmail.com).


mdStrategies & Excellentia Advisory Group Announce Strategic Partnership

Houston, TX October 27, 2009

mdStrategies and Excellentia Advisory Group are pleased to announce a strategic partnership under which both companies will refer each other's expert services as appropriate to ambulatory surgery centers. In addition, Excellentia will become a sponsor of the 2010 Revenue Cycle Management Conference in Las Vegas in March 2010. mdStrategies is a comprehensive coding company providing cost-efficient coding, auditing, and education solutions for ambulatory surgery centers.

mdStrategies offers clients an effective program of regulatory compliance specializing in health information management, coding, reimbursement and educational services. Excellentia brings health care consulting services to ambulatory surgery centers, hospitals, surgical hospitals and physician practices. Excellentia consultants have years of hands-on experience in their respective fields. Whether you are looking to improve your managed care contracts, increase collections, add a physician to your practice, develop a new surgery center, or need an interim CEO, Excellentia has the expertise help you.

The services of mdStrategies and Excellentia Advisory Group mesh nicely with mdStrategies' approach to comprehensive coding services. ASCs increasingly recognize that improved documentation and more efficient information management promote streamlined and optimized coding and billing. Initiating or improving managed care contracts is essential to maximize your improved coding and billing efforts. Facilities frequently look at a complete solution incorporating healthcare consulting and comprehensive coding services, making the Excellentia/mdStrategies partnership a positive consideration.

Additional information on Excellentia can be found at www.excellentiagroup.com.


mdStrategies & Amkai announce Strategic Partnership

Houston, TX February 9, 2009

mdStrategies and Amkai are pleased to announce a strategic partnership under which both companies will refer each other's solutions as appropriate to ambulatory surgery centers. In addition, Amkai will become a sponsor of mdStrategies 2009 annual coding and reimbursement conference in Las Vegas.

mdStrategies is a comprehensive coding company providing cost-efficient coding, auditing, and education solutions for ambulatory surgery centers. We offer clients an effective program of regulatory compliance specializing in health information management, coding, reimbursement and educational services.

Amkai delivers comprehensive information management for outpatient surgery providers across every stage of administrative and clinical workflow. AmkaiEnterprise™ consists of two solutions that can be acquired independently or in integrated fashion: AmkaiOffice™, a next-generation replacement for legacy management software, and AmkaiCharts™, a robust EMR designed specifically for outpatient surgery.

These solutions dovetail nicely with mdStrategies' approach to comprehensive coding services. ASCs increasingly recognize that improved documentation and more efficient information management promote streamlined and optimized coding and billing. Facilities frequently look at a complete solution incorporating software and outsourced services, making the Amkai/mdStrategies partnership a positive consideration.

Additional information on Amkai can be found at www.amkai.com.









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— mdStrategies & Excellentia Advisory Group announce Strategic Partnership

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