Minimize ICD-10’s Impact
By Deborah Grider, CPC, CPC-I, CPC-H, CPC-P, CPMA, CEMC, COBGC, CPCD, CCS-P
Recently, I testified in front of the National Committee for Health Care Vital Statistics (NCHVS) about the impact of ICD-10-CM on medical practices, outpatient hospital facilities, health plans, etc. During the meeting, the NCHVS heard from various organizations involved in ICD-10 implementation. One thing everyone agreed on was that health care organizations, providers, and health plans must begin the implementation process now, or the impact of ICD-10 will be devastating in 2013. How do you protect your practice, department, and business processes from this ill-fated premonition? Before all else, conduct an impact analysis.
An impact analysis allows you to think about all the ways you currently use ICD-9-CM—in your practice management systems, electronic medical records (EMRs), coding and submission of claims, quality reporting, clinical reporting, claims adjudication, and so on—and determine which business and clinical areas will be impacted most by the transition from ICD-9 to ICD-10. It’s also a good tool for auditing your current systems for ICD-10 compatibility.
Minimize ICD-10’s Impact – Coding Edge February 2010