Ready or not, ICD-10 is coming with the implementation date of October 1st, 2014. All providers are required to comply with the transition. CMS has provided a timeline with suggested practices during the pre-implementation period to assist agencies in preparing for this looming deadline. Some of the suggestions are provided below:
- Immediately- begin reviewing ICD-10 resources, make staff aware of the upcoming change and identify needs for process change within your agency. Design and develop your agency’s ICD-10 implementation plan and assign those responsible. Inquire with vendors regarding their ICD-10 readiness.
- The process of training at your agency should have already begun, keeping in mind that agencies will need to train staff at all levels (field staff, billers, coders and administration). All clinical and coding staff need to be involved in training to review specific areas that will impact performance on ICD-10, including coordination with the physician’s office, documentation, and anatomy & physiology.
- Consider submitting test claims for ICD-10.
The issue is that ICD-10 is coming – ready or not. If you have not begun to prepare, now is the time. The Aspen Group is ready to assist your organization to prepare a successful transition plan.
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