As they say, Rome wasn’t built in just one day. And although it cannot exactly be compared in size, the task of transitioning to ICD-10 seems just as overwhelming.
Some claim the impact of ICD-10 on the healthcare industry is more serious than the Y2K bug. In any case, none will dispute the need to be ready for this major transition, involving much more than learning a new code set. But how does one prepare?
In our research, we have found a very valuable resource to help a practice plan for the transition: AHIMA ICD-10 CM/PCS Transition: Planning and Preparation Checklist. The first phase identified by AHIMA involves developing a plan to implement ICD-10 and doing an impact assessment that should be completed the second quarter of 2013. Here are the key phase one steps recommended by AHIMA, and some related tips/input from AdvancedMD:
- Develop a steering committee to oversee the ICD-10 transition (Contact AdvancedMD so we can add your ICD-10 contact(s) to our email list for upcoming ICD-10 webinars and trainings)
- Identify the transition goals and strategies of your practice (Be sure to watch AdvancedMD’s website for details to attend upcoming ICD-10 webinars)
- Provide ICD-10 awareness training to staff
- Create a project plan to implement ICD-10, including deadlines & resources
- Develop an ICD-10 Implementation budget (Refer to the ICD-10 Cost Predictive Modeling Tool by HIMSS for assistance, but remember there is no additional charge for your software upgrade)
- Assess your training needs (AdvancedMD will offer webinars – details TBD)
No matter what checklist your practice uses, be sure to create a detailed plan for the ICD-10 transition. Check your list once, check it twice! The ICD-10 transition will happen to all of us – whether we are naughty (and don’t prepare), or nice!
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