Show Notes for July 17, 2015

Hello and welcome to this week’s edition of HealthBeat, Chiropractic OnLine Today’s Health, News and Informational Podcast.

In this week’s news: We’ll Be Looking At –

  • Update to ICD-10
  • And Finally, a Story about Obesity Induced Osteoarthritis

For HealthBeat, This is Dr. Todd Eglow!

Welcome to HealthBeat Podcast #515 recorded July 17, 2015.

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And Now for some news ….

Update to ICD-10

According to a press release from the American Medical Association, the AMA:

Implementation of the ICD-10 code set is just around the corner, with a hard deadline of Oct. 1. Many physicians have been concerned about adopting this code set because of the heavy investment of time and resources and the potential for claims disruptions that could interfere with patient care.

Fortunately, the AMA has secured provisions that will ease this transition, particularly for physicians in practices with limited resources.

In response to our extensive communication of physicians’ concerns, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced today that it is making several critical changes to the transition period so that physicians can continue to provide high-quality patient care without risking their livelihood.

One of the changes addressed the following:

For the first year ICD-10 is in place, Medicare claims will not be denied solely based on the specificity of the diagnosis codes as long as they are from the appropriate family of ICD-10 codes.

This means that Medicare will not deny payment for these unintentional errors as practices become accustomed to ICD-10 coding. In addition, Medicare claims will not be audited based on the specificity of the diagnosis codes as long as they are from the appropriate family of codes. This transition period will give physicians and their practice teams’ time to get up to speed on the more complicated code set.

Both Medicare Administrative Contractors and Recovery Audit Contractors will be required to follow this policy.

Surf to our Show Notes for details – http://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Coding/ICD10/index.html

http://www.ama-assn.org/ama/ama-wire/post/cms-icd-10-transition-less-disruptive-physicians

Obesity Induced Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis is a degenerative joint disease characterized by articular cartilage degradation, osteophyte formation, synovitis, and subchondral bone sclerosis.

One of Osteoarthritis main risk factors is obesity. To date, it is not fully understood how obesity results in Osteoarthritis.

Historically, this link was ascribed to excessive joint loading as a result of increased body weight. However, the association between obesity and Osteoarthritis in non–weight-bearing joints suggests a more complex etiology for obesity-induced OA.

In the present review, the link between obesity and OA is discussed. First, the historical view of altered joint loading leading to wear and tear of the joint is addressed.

Subsequently, the effects of a disturbed lipid metabolism, low-grade inflammation, and adipokines on joint tissues are discussed and linked to OA.

Taken together, inflamed adipose tissue and dyslipidaemia play pivotal roles in obesity-induced OA. It becomes increasingly clear that the link between obesity and OA transcends excessive loading.

Surf to our Show Notes for Links – http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/845542?src=wnl_edit_tpal&uac=103575MJ

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For Chiropractic OnLine Today’s HealthBeat, This has been Dr. Todd Eglow.

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