As the October 1, 2015 deadline quickly approaches, have you done these 10 things to prepare for ICD-10? Take this opportunity to assess your progress for each Top 10 item listed below. Use this scale to rate your completeness for each item.
About Half Way Done………………………….50%
Just Getting Started…………………………….25%
Have Not Started………………………………….0%
1. Fully understand the impact of ICD-10 on your documentation and coding requirements.
- Identify new elements required to code services in ICD-10
- ICD-10 codes include laterality, anatomic specificity, episode of care, severity and other concepts that provide greater specificity than ICD-9
- Codes are assigned based on what is in the provider’s chart
2. Identify everything in your practice and office that includes a diagnosis code and update it!
- Review all of your lab orders, cheat sheets, other requisitions, policies and procedures, authorization forms and update them with the appropriate ICD-10 codes
- Essentially, you want to look at all forms currently used within your practice and anything coming into or out of your office
- You may need to reach out to external vendors and partners to make updates
3. Contact your vendors to make sure they are ready for ICD-10.
- Collect answers to key vendor questions:
- Will my current hardware continue to work?
- How long will tech support for my existing systems continue?
- Are upgrades necessary and if so, who pays for them?
- By WHEN will you be ready for testing?
- By WHEN will you be ready for ICD-10?
- Your vendors may include medical billing service and software vendors, clearinghouses, lab and imaging partners, and anyone else with whom you share diagnosis code information
- PracticeMax has been hard at work preparing for ICD-10 by updating systems, training staff, testing with payers and providing education to our clients
4. Nominate ICD-10 champions in your practice.
- Identify a champion in each department or group to lead readiness efforts and provide centralized access to data and information
5. Secure a cash flow savings or line of credit for anticipated temporary drop in revenue.
- Prepare for a 30-50% temporary decrease in revenue for at least three months
- It is suggested that practices have a minimum of the equivalent of 30 days of operating capital on hand
- Budget for both monetary and productivity losses
6. Review all written policies and procedures that include diagnosis codes.
- This includes superbills if you are still using paper charge capture tools
- Physician practices using EHR have typically abandoned written clinical policies but front and back office staff may still rely on them
- Be sure to update these documents from ICD-9 to ICD-10
7. Train, educate, monitor and train!
- Complete and implement a training plan for your staff including physicians, providers, and front and back office employees
- At PracticeMax we follow the guidance of the American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC);
- For certified coders to be prepared and cognizant for the ICD-10 transition we expect and recommend:
- AAPC Basic ICD-10 Training (36 hrs) plus AAPC Refresher Coding Training (4 hrs) for a total of 40 hours training
8. Crosswalk your top twenty to fifty codes.
- Give your providers a sampling of the top relevant codes for your practice and have them crosswalk from ICD-9 to ICD-10
- Conduct chart reviews and give providers examples that engage them in the ICD-10 process
9. Review payer contracts and ask key questions.
- Make sure you understand how contracts that include ICD-9 will change with ICD-10
- Reach out to your payers and find out
- WHEN they will be ready for testing
- WHEN they will be ready for ICD-10
10. Practice on your EHR.
- Update ICD-9 codes to ICD-10 and become familiar with this process
- Proactively update codes prior to patient appointments to help streamline the process