As the ICD-10 clock winds down, any questions about further ICD-10 delays were put to rest as the American Medical Association (AMA) and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) made a joint announcement on July 6, 2015 that provides a method to assist physicians with continued Medicare payments throughout the first year transition to ICD-10. In light of this announcement, Paducah Bank, Baptist Health Paducah, and Lourdes Hospital will host a “Lunch & Learn” event for local medical providers and their office staff to discuss the positive impact this news will have on their practices and to prepare for the upcoming ICD-10 transition. The event will be held on Tuesday, September 8, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the Paducah Bank room of the Commerce Center at 300 South Third Street. Lindy Lady, a medical business advocacy manager with the Kentucky Medical Association, will present practical tips for the transition to ICD-10 and information on how to initiate ICD-10 testing with Medicaid.
Lady began her career with Metropolitan Life Insurance Company and has more than 35 years of Medicare operations experience, most recently as a provider outreach and education consultant with National Government Services (NGS). She is a Certified Professional Coder and a Certified Professional Compliance Officer through the American Academy of Professional Coders and a member of the American Academy of Professional Coders.
“Paducah Bank is committed to the financial strength of our local economy, and we recognize that ICD-10 could have a negative impact on that strength if our local doctors are not prepared for the change,” said Paducah Bank President Mardie Herndon. “A decrease in cash flow to the medical providers in our community is bad news for all of us. The best way to prevent this is through education. We invite all local doctors, nurses, and their billing office staff to join us for lunch and to learn how to avoid potentially costly delays in reimbursement as a result of ICD-10.”
“ICD-10 takes effect October 1st,” said Vickie Kennedy. “As Health Information Manager for Baptist Health Paducah, I would say this is a great opportunity for the healthcare community to gain more knowledge of ICD-10.”
Unlike many similar ICD-10 seminars that can cost as much as $500 to attend, this “Lunch and Learn” seminar is free. Seating is limited, so please RSVP to Susan Guess at firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your seats.