- Review ICD-10 resources from CMS, trade associations, payers, and vendors.
- Inform your staff/colleagues of upcoming changes (1 month).
- Create an ICD-10 project team (1-2 days).
- Identify how ICD-10 will affect your practice (1-2 months).
- Develop and complete an ICD-10 project plan for your practice (1-2 weeks).
- Estimate and secure budget — potential costs include updates to practice management systems, new coding guides and superbills, staff training (2 months).
- Ask your payers and vendors — software/systems, clearinghouses, billing services –about ICD-10 readiness (2 months).
- Review changes in documentation requirements and educate staff by looking at frequently used ICD-9 codes and new ICD-10 codes (ongoing step; will last beyond Oct. 1, 2014).
From now through the rest of 2013, you need to:
|Train key personnel who will be involved in ICD-10 testing.|
|Monitor vendors and implement new systems and upgrades.|
|Test internal systems with ICD-10 codes.|
|Starting Oct. 1, 2013, test with external partners.|
The CMS timeline suggests formal ICD-10 training for the rest of the staff can start Jan. 1, 2014.
Right now, train someone. Choose a staff member who can:
|Review charts and documentation.|
|Practice ICD-10 coding to test documentation and reimbursement impact.|
|Test updated systems.|
|Train other staff members.|
You need as much knowledge as possible. Gain it and use it while you wait for more pieces to fall into place.
Source: www.physbiztech.com; Carl Natale; March 18, 2013.