CMA Today: What Part Does a Coder Play in ICD-10 Today?
When you’re waiting out a storm a smart idea is to take cover in a basement until the storm has passed. Many physicians think they can follow this approach with ICD-10 implementation in 2013, not so says AAPC expert Julie Leu, CPC, CPMA, CPC-I. This “wait and see” approach likely will cause a lot of heartache and damage to the practice’s bottom line. Leu suggests a few resources that can help physicians prepare and not have to wait out the storm:
- Explore available resources like the MLN (Medicare Learning Network) and CMS (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services) for links, tips, and frequently asked questions.
- Familiarize yourself with the new code set. The ICD-10 codes will allow for greater clinical details in describing conditions and a great test for any practice is to take some of your most common codes and using these tools determine the difference ICD-10 will make with that particular code.
- Become a “coach” for your providers and see if they are coding specific enough to allow for accuracy with the new set.
- Hone all your skills. Be knowledgeable in coding, anatomy, and physiology.
- Keep reminding everyone of these changes and help out where you can.
This article is not available online. To read the full version of this article, see CMA Today’s January/February edition p. 26-27.