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What Resources Advance ICD-10 Transition Preparedness?

By Vera Gruessner

- The road toward ICD-10 transition preparedness is often a complex one, as the number of diagnoses codes from ICD-9 are being expanded significantly and EHR technology as well as billing systems need to be upgraded across the board. Keeping data accurate and error-free is vital among the clinical, administrative, financial, and research aspects of the healthcare industry.

ICD-10 Deadline

A white paper from the consulting firm Kiran Consortium Group called Data Impact Across the Enterprise discusses ICD-10 transition preparedness further. The ICD-10 deadline affects data across an entire enterprise and providers along with payers will need an effective ICD-10 transition preparedness plan to meet the compliance date.

The report discusses the importance of having a strong Data and Information Task Force to develop plans for supporting ICD-10 transition preparedness in the sectors of administration, patient registration, billing, reporting, clinical data entry, and health information management.

At this point in time, providers need to be past basic ICD-10 preparation and onto testing the systems and fixing any bugs found. There are a wide variety of resources available for healthcare providers focused on ICD-10 transition preparedness.

The ICD-10 Implementation Guide, for example, provides information on planning, analysis, design, development, testing, and finally implementation of systems compliant with the ICD-10 coding. The ICD-10 Training Tool Translation Guide published by the World Health Organization in 2011 is also a useful report to follow.

Physicians and other healthcare professionals looking to improve their ICD-10 transition preparedness would be wise to take an online training course through the organization Advancing the Business of Healthcare. This particular course will take 16 hours to complete at one’s own pace. The resource involves evaluation exams, case studies and other ICD-10 training processes to help participants meet the certification requirement.

The Massachusetts Medical Society offers an abundance of resources for enhancing ICD-10 transition preparedness through its “ICD-10 Toolkit.” From checklists, videos, tutorials, and other guides, this toolkit could go a long way in preparing a provider for the coming ICD-10 transition.

The medical insurance company Emblem Health also provides a variety of different tools for advancing providers’ ICD-10 transition preparedness such as offering a training course, podcasts, readiness assessment guides, and vendor fact sheets.

Those who may need more advice can take a look at this Navicure infographic, which illustrates eight steps toward a successful ICD-10 integration. These eight steps include (1) building a team and a plan, (2) creating a budget, (3) ensuring documentation accuracy, (4) conducting a gap analysis, (5) updating technology, (6) generating support, (7) providing education and training to relevant personnel, and (8) testing and monitoring successes.

“As time compresses, you have to cut back on the things you’re doing,” Jim Daley, Director, IT WEDI Past-chair and WEDI ICD-10 Workgroup Co-Chair of BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina, told RevCycleIntelligence.com. “The first thing you’d better be doing is making sure your own shop is ready. Don’t worry about what the other people are doing.”


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