Implementation of ICD-10 may seem overwhelming, but practices can achieve compliance by the Oct. 1 deadline by breaking up the to-dos over several months. Note that the following advice should be tailored to the needs of your practice depending on your stage of readiness. Additional practical guidance is available at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) provider resources page.
What is your practice’s current situation? If you have started your implementation plan, congratulations! If not, don’t delay, start today! Because your practice’s readiness effort will likely depend on a number of external factors and stakeholders, it is critical to begin with an assessment of where you currently stand.
If your practice hasn’t started, please begin your ICD-10 readiness assessment and implementation plan.
The approved and revised CMS 1500 version 02/12 is available and will be required for all claim submissions . Obtain a copy to submit your claims (see sample).
How is your implementation coming along? Double check to see if you are on target and/or need to adjust the plan based on your practice needs and external factors. Sign up for the Academy’s May webinar where you will learn the latest on ICD-10 at www.aad.org/webinars.
Learn the latest on ICD-10 by continuing to visit the Academy’s website. There are resources for the entire practice team. Practice coding batches of encounters using ICD-10-CM codes to ensure you are meeting the documentation, coding specificity expected by the coding system.
With the deadline three months away, how is the practice progressing on its ICD-10 readiness? Take advantage of the Summer Academy Meeting in Chicago in early August by registering to attend relevant ICD-10 sessions. Sign up for the Academy’s ICD-10 webinar here.
Consider taking advantage of this relatively slow month by determining if a final round of educational training is needed for the practice team. Set aside some days to start training and identify changes in the workflow process. Apply and share what you learned at the Summer Academy Meeting.
Now is the time final preparations and countdown to Oct. 1! At this point, the practice should be in the final stages of this critical change in its clinical documentation/coding and business operations. Everyone has worked really hard to support this mission-critical effort. One final inspection of the implementation plan is warranted. Make sure all practice team members are fully up to speed and comfortable with their ICD-10 training and proficiency.
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