Although ICD-10 implementation doesn't kick in until Oct. 1, 2014, you can take steps now to help minimize your stress level in the months leading up to it. Time is on your side, but you must begin preparations to transition your practice soon.
In a recent video interview, TMA Practice Management Consultant Heather Bettridge sat down with Steve Arter, the chief executive officer of Complete Practice Resources (CPR), and CPR President Denny Flint to get their take on the necessary steps physicians should be taking now.
For an in-depth look at how to get started, TMA offers a new webinar entitled ICD-10 Starts With Physicians: A Primer for Beginning the Process to give an overview of the new coding standard, explain the differences from ICD-9, and provide direction for the first steps you should take. This continuing medical education program will give you a head start for the planning process and includes an interactive Q&A session with Mr. Flint.
Starting preparations now, delegating responsibilities, and developing a month-by-month plan will help ensure that your practice is not overwhelmed when the implementation date finally arrives. For additional questions or services, contact TMA's certified coders by email or by telephone at (800) 880-1300, ext. 1414.
Action, Feb. 1, 2013