ICD-10: Increased Specificity Paves the Way for Higher Reimbursement

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An accurate understanding of ICD-10 coding will allow your practice to improve coding specificity, as well as position your practice for value-based payment by accurately reflecting the severity of illness. Insurance companies and government payers use diagnosis coding to make comparisons of quality, cost, and estimations of resource use.   

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ICD-10: Increased Specificity Paves the Way for Increased Reimbursement

Free for AAFP Members

Learning Objectives

After completing this activity, you should be able to:

  • Distinguish the innate differences between unspecified, not elsewhere classified, etc., within the  ICD-10 code set
  • Apply concepts to quickly assign common codes typical to family medicine
  • Recognize areas of specificity opportunity
  • Analyze how ICD-10 affects current reimbursement models

Estimated time required to complete the full webcast: 60 minutes

Original release date of webcast: December 7, 2016

Presenting Faculty

Coding and Compliance Strategist at American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP)

Barbara joined the AAFP in January 2015 as the Coding and Compliance Strategist. Prior to that, Barbara spent 17 years working in non-clinical support roles alongside physicians in small, independently-owned practices, large group practices, and hospital-owned clinics. She is experienced in front-office management, billing and coding, and practice management.

Barbara is credentialed through the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC) as a Certified Professional Coder, Compliance Officer, Medical Auditor, Instructor, Evaluation and Management Coder, and Family Practice Coder.


The material presented here is being made available by the American Academy of Family Physicians for educational purposes only. Please note that medical information is constantly changing; the information contained in this activity was accurate at the time of publication. This material is not intended to represent the only, nor necessarily best, methods or procedures appropriate for the medical situations discussed. Rather, it is intended to present an approach, view, statement, or opinion of the faculty, which may be helpful to others who face similar situations.

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