ICD-10 is just over a year away, which means your practice should at least have a plan in place that outlines how you will transition to the ICD-10 code sets.
- Have you done an impact analysis? This is a crucial step that includes evaluating all of your inventory that uses ICD-9, in addition to becoming familiar with the differences between ICD-9 and ICD-10.
- Have you touched base with your EHR vendor and your billing services? Once you know what you need to do to transition to ICD-10, find out what your health IT vendors plan to do as well. Clear the air regarding any upgrades and additional costs, if any.
Your practice most likely hasn’t completed the following steps yet, but make sure each step is a part of your ICD-10 transition plan.
- Complete installation and testing. ChartLogic will alert you in plenty of time to let you know when upgrades will need to be installed. After the upgrades are installed, test them and make sure your staff can perform all ICD-10 functions correctly.
- Update all your superbills and forms to correlate with the new codes.
- Train your staff. With the software in place, now is the time to encourage your staff to become familiar with ICD-10 before the switchover is mandatory. Consider staggering staff training to ensure the practice continues to run at its normal speed. Take all the time you need on this step; training should not be rushed.
- Conduct external testing with your clearinghouses and billing services.
- Go-live date: October 1, 2014.
If you’ve completed all the steps successfully, you should be ready to go live with ICD-10 by the deadline. If you have questions about ICD-10 or the training ChartLogic will provide for this transition, call 888-337-4441.