The transition from ICD-9 to ICD-10, which will take place Oct. 1, will touch every aspect of your practice, from patient care to revenue cycle management, to reporting.
To make sure you don't overlook any area affected, have all staff members keep a log of everywhere they see and use an ICD-9 code as they do their job. If the code is on paper, you will need new forms (e.g., patient encounter form, superbill). If the code is on the computer, you will need to check with your electronic health record or practice management system vendor to see when your system will be ready for ICD-10 codes. Because ICD-10 will cross all areas, you don't want to neglect a database, form, or process that will cause your workflow to bog down after Oct. 1 because you forgot to restructure it for ICD-10.
Here's how TMA can help:
Published Feb. 25, 2014
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