The Final Countdown: ICD-10 is Less Than 9 Months Away!

As we rang in the New Year with CPT coding changes, we now have to get ready for the ICD-10-CM/PCS implementation. To date, surveys are showing that the healthcare industry remains behind in readiness for this change. With less than nine months to go, it is time to gain some ground and get processes tested and in working order.

As Health Information Management (HIM) and Revenue Cycle professionals we need to embrace all the coding segments and move forward quickly with implementation efforts. If we don’t, there will be a significant disruption to the facilities reimbursement when October 1, 2014 arrives. Working together and achieving the goal is key to the financial stability of your facility and a smooth transition will be worth the work that is put in now.

Here are some example steps that can get you on the right track:

  1. Anatomy and Pathophysiology refresher classes for the coders.
  2. Documentation Improvement meetings with the healthcare providers and physicians.
  3. Dual coding (During the transition from ICD-9 to ICD-10 coding, dual coding is the process of assigning both ICD-9 and ICD-10 codes to a patient record at the same time in a single coding session.)
  4. Complete GEM’s mappings in the billing systems.
  5. Version 5010 Testing

We would love to hear what successful steps your facility is taking toward the October 1, 2014 compliance deadline!

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Happy New Year and Happy Coding!!!

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