Vendors are key partners who can help you prepare
for ICD-10. You can assess an electronic health record (EHR) vendor's capabilities by answering questions.
your current EHR vendor contract cover your practice's ICD-10-related needs?
is the vendor's timeline for the ICD-10 transition?
your vendor install products well before the Oct. 1, 2015, deadline, so you can
begin testing them in 2014?
your vendor scheduled with you to test your system with your trading partners?
your vendor update all its current products and applications for ICD-10?
your vendor scheduled training for your staff on the ICD-10 system updates?
the EHR give you the ability to search for codes by the ICD-10 alphabetic and
tabular indexes? By clinical concept?
the EHR allow for coding in both ICD-9 and ICD-10 to accommodate transactions
with dates of service before Oct. 1, 2015, and transactions with dates of
service after Oct. 1, 2015?
a more in-depth list of questions to discuss with your EHR vendor, view the
American Health Information Management Association's ICD-10 Readiness Questionnaire for EHR Vendors.
During Your Transition
assessing your EHR vendor's capabilities, continue to communicate with its
representative throughout the ICD-10 transition:
your vendor in planning the transition. Communicate your needs and goals, and
ask for assurance in writing that products and testing plans will fulfill your
requirements. Ask your vendor to share some strategies other clients have used
with your vendor to update and test clinical, financial, actuarial, and
reporting processes. Your vendor should offer technical support and guidance
during and after installation of new software.
out how your vendor will provide support as you begin testing ICD-10
transactions with payers and other business trading partners. Begin testing
with trading partners as soon as possible in advance of the Oct. 1, 2015,
what role your vendor will play in resolving any testing failures.
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has created checklists with ICD-10
transition tasks and estimated time frames for large practices and small and medium practices.
these recommended schedules, testing with your business trading partners such
as payers, clearinghouses, and billing services should begin immediately and will take 10 months minimum to
sure to bookmark TMA's ICD-10 resource page for news, tools, education, and updates. TMA's
on-demand webinar, ICD-10 Now! How and Why? examines everything
physicians need to know and do to prepare for ICD-10. For additional education on ICD-10, go to the TMA Education Center.
can direct questions related to EHRs and other office technologies to TMA's Health
Information Technology Department by calling (800) 880-5720 or by email.
Action, Nov. 1, 2013
Updated: Apr. 2, 2014