The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) has released a Quick Start Guide for ICD-10 to help providers get ready for the transition. The guide outlines five steps healthcare professionals should take to prepare for ICD-10 by October 1, 2015. It contains check boxes for the steps and marks which action items are critical activities. The steps covered are:
- Make a plan
- Train your staff
- Update your processes
- Talk to your vendors and health plans
- Test your systems and processes.
Take advantage of the free resources that CMS has to offer.
Rhonda Buckholtz, CPC, CPMA, CPC-I, CENTC, CGSC, COBGC, CPEDC,has more than 20 years of experience in healthcare, working in the reimbursement, billing, and coding sectors, in addition to being an instructor. She is responsible for all ICD-10 training and curriculum at AAPC. She has authored many articles for health care publications and has spoken at conferences across the country. She is co-chair for the WEDI ICD-10 Implementation Workgroup and has provided testimony ongoing for ICD-10 and standardization of data for NCVHS. She also sits on the Provider Outreach and Education committee for Novitas Solutions (formerly Highmark Medicare Services).
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