ICD-10 required actions
The complexity of the transition to ICD-10 requires immediate action to address the business and clinical issues associated with the transition. The ICD-10 transition will affect nearly all provider systems and business processes.
To prepare for the transition, physician practices and facilities can start creating an implementation plan that includes an awareness campaign and education strategy. For example:
- Develop a budget and project timeline for your organization.
- Identify your organization's current systems and processes that use ICD-9 codes.
- Contact your current vendor about accommodations and readiness for ICD-10.
- Identify potential impact to staff, billing services, work flow, and business processes. Identify personnel training needs.
- It is critical not to delay planning and preparation. It is important that providers contact their billing or software vendor to understand their plans for conversion and testing.
Link to free resources from CMS, featuring 5 steps health care professionals should take to prepare for ICD-10.
- Make a plan
- Obtain access to ICD-10 codes
- Understand the roles of your clearinghouses
- Train your staff
- ICD-10 website
- Road to ICD-10
- How to identify top codes
- Update your processes
- Update hard-copy and electronic forms
- Talk to your vendors and health plans
- Test your systems and processes
- Verify you can use your ICD-10-ready systems