Advance: The Planning Must Begin

ICD-10 plans are now back in full swing as we prepare for October 1, 2014 and the implementation of it. AAPC ICD-10 trainer Kathy Rowland, CPC, CEMC, CPC-I, CHC recently penned a guest blog on the topic for Advance’s Health Care POV section.

“There will be a learning curve for physicians as well as coders,” she wrote. “Consider developing a “cheat sheet” of top 50 ICD-9 codes currently being utilized in the practice. Have a trained CPC convert the current ICD-9 options to ICD-10. Be resourceful, and begin talking with your IT system staff/vendor to evaluate what tools will be available. Be aware that codes provided by a “system” may be crosswalked to unspecified codes via a matrix or GEMS file. Do not select the final code for the visit without validating it is the most specific diagnosis code supported by the documentation.”

Read the full article here.

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