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In this week’s news: We’ll Be Looking At –
- Preparing for ICD-10
- And Finally, a Story about Craniosacral Therapy and Chronic Neck Pain
For HealthBeat, This is Dr. Todd Eglow!
Welcome to HealthBeat Podcast #523 recorded September 25, 2015.
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Preparing for ICD-10
With the October 1, 2015 deadline for ICD-10 implementation rapidly approaching, here are some tips and steps to prepare for this ICD-10 transition.
- Identify and plan to update all your systems to ICD-10 by making sure you understand your current systems and processes currently in use by ICD-9.
- Communicate with your payers, clearinghouses, etc. to determine their system readiness and ask questions about what they’re doing to prepare for the transition.
- Ask your payers if there are any contractual changes regarding coding specificity that could affect how you process claims.
- Document any potential workflow changes.
- Determine the training needs of your staff and aim to plan accordingly. Your staff will require different specific pieces of education around ICD-10 coding.
- Plan for added expenditures in time and resources as you work to prepare your practice and your staff for the transition period.
- Test, Test, Test. Before the deadline, make sure to test your transaction submissions with your vendors, payers and clearinghouses to make sure everything is going smoothly.
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2016 Release of ICD-10-CM
Craniosacral Therapy and Chronic Neck Pain
With growing evidence for Craniosacral Therapy (CST) effectiveness for pain management, the question about CST efficacy remained unclear.
A recently published study in The Clinical Journal of Pain aimed at investigating CST in comparison to sham treatment in chronic non-specific neck pain patients.
54 blinded patients were randomized to either 8 weekly units of CST or light touch sham treatment. Outcomes were assessed before and after treatment (week 8) and a further 3 months later (week 20).
The primary outcome was pain intensity on a visual analogue scale; secondary outcomes included pain on movement, pressure pain sensitivity, functional disability, health-related quality of life, well-being, anxiety, depression, stress perception, pain acceptance, body awareness, patients’ global impression of improvement and safety.
The study concluded that Craniosacral Therapy was both specifically effective and safe in reducing neck pain intensity and may improve functional disability and quality of life up to 3 months post intervention.
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For Chiropractic OnLine Today’s HealthBeat, This has been
Dr. Todd Eglow.