The transition to ICD-10 in October, 2015 is going to be challenging for health care organizations. It will be critical to prioritize resources. This is necessary in order to maintain accuracy and improve clinical documentation, while at the same time increase coder productivity and help clinicians and staff adapt to the increased specificity of ICD-10. There are many resources available to help your organization mitigate your financial risks. Don’t wait to create your transition plan.
If you haven’t yet tapped the resources of CMS, start at www.cms.gov/ICD10. CMS has pledged to update the site regularly with new tools and information throughout the course of ICD-10 implementation. Next, speak with your EHR vendor and make sure you understand their timeline for implementation and updates. Then, move on to the healthplans and clearinghouses you are affiliated with. Make sure your contracts are staying the same, or that you understand the changes. Set up a date to begin testing, using patient data from your own system. Finally, ensure that all your staff members are on board with the transition and that each employee understands the importance of getting it right.
October will be here sooner than you think, so improve your documentation now with the increased detail you’ll need starting October 1. Know your most frequently used codes and the ones that get rejected most often. Review the patient records corresponding to those codes and outline the additional documentation and detail you’ll need for ICD-10.
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