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1/5 Medical necessity and ICD-10: What physical therapists need to know

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From Aug. 20: ICD-10 has raised a lot of questions, and with good reason: it differs greatly from its predecessor, ICD-9, after all. One critical question is, "How will ICD-10 affect the way in which I diagnose?" Currently, many physical therapists receive diagnosis codes from referring physicians, and they just carry those over into their notes. But ICD-10 isn't solely about coding patient diagnoses correctly; it's also about coding the correct patient diagnoses. As Lori Purcell, RHIA, CCS, explains in this article, "Service drives payment, but if the diagnosis doesn't match [the services], you won't be paid." more

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