ICD-10 Implementation Strategies: Final Measures

ICD-10 Implementation Strategies: Final Measures

As mentioned in the Feature article, now is the time for final preparations. Make sure everything that is critical for the practice to function has been tested, thought through, and assessed before we go live in less than 30 days.
Make sure you have all hands on deck for the October 1 implementation date because unforeseen issues may pop up. Now is the time for all staff and physicians to pull together and work as a team, as the next phase in health care finally moves forward.
Try to have a “plan B” for big issues that may arise in case your best laid plans do not come to fruition. For example, if there is a glitch with the clearinghouse, what is your “plan B?” You can’t have a backup for everything, but for major things that would stop the practice from submission of claims or delay payment that comes in, try to have an idea of what the practice may do if something does not go as planned.


Rhonda Buckholtz

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Rhonda Buckholtz, CPC, CPMA, CRC, CDEO, CMPE, CHC, COPC, AAPC Approved Instructor, is owner of Coding and Reimbursement Experts. She spends her time helping physician practices achieve operational excellence, compliance, education, and Lean Six Sigma through her consulting. Buckholtz has more than 30 years of experience in healthcare management, compliance, and reimbursement/coding sectors. She was responsible for all ICD-10 training and curriculum at AAPC during the transition from ICD-9. Buckholtz has authored numerous articles for healthcare publications and she has spoken at numerous national conferences for AAPC and others. She is past co-chair for the WEDI ICD-10 Implementation Workgroup, Advanced Payment Models Workgroup, and she provided testimony for ICD-10 and standardization of data for National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics. Buckholtz is on AAPC’s National Advisory Board.

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