Still not sure how — or whether — to start your transition from ICD-9 to ICD-10?
A recent survey by the Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI) indicates providers are not making the progress needed for their ICD-10 implementation. “Unless more providers move quickly forward with their implementation efforts, there will be significant disruption on Oct 1, 2014,” WEDI concluded. If you are not compliant with ICD-10 by Oct. 1, 2014, implementation date, your claims won’t get paid.
Even if you are holding out hope that the ICD-10 mandate will go away, you should start planning for it, says Steve Arter, chief executive officer of Complete Practice Resources, in a video interview with TMA’s Peggy Pringle, associate vice president for practice management services. Waiting to find out if Congress will take action to stop ICD-10 is not a wise strategy; there too much to do between now and Oct. 1, 2014, to put off getting ready if ICD-10 stays.
Mr. Arter recommends that practices take a measured, phased approach to the transition so it won’t be overwhelming. He recommends a five-stage process, noting that the early steps don’t require large capital outlay but put you in a position to proceed with the transition as efficiently and economically as you can:
- Learn. Educate yourself and your staff about the differences between the two codes sets, and what the implications are for your practice.
- Plan. Identify every place where the new code set will touch your practice, and who needs to do what as a result.
- Organize. Create a transition plan with timelines and assignments.
- Implement. Follow your plan step by step and track progress to achieve the transition.
- Analyze. Monitor your post-transition success and make adjustments as needed.
TMA can help you take the “overwhelming” out of the task ahead. Be sure to bookmark TMA’s ICD-10 resource page for news, tools, education, and updates. For ICD-10 education opportunities, go to the TMA Education Center.
Published June 20, 2013
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