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.”

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