Top 10 New Year’s Resolutions for ICD-10

Recently I was a presenter on ICD-10 Talk Tuesday and reviewed the Top 10 New Year’s Resolution items that should be on your list for 2013.

When we are making new Year’s resolutions, most times we have good intentions but fall short at the end of the year.  ICD-10 is coming quickly and you cannot afford to develop “good intentions” without results.  What New Year’s resolution did you make relative to your ICD-10 Implementation process?

Have you started your implementation of ICD-10?  If not you are far behind and need to jump start the process.  Get your Steering Committee together to begin the planning process.

      1. Conduct your Impact Assessment.  Look at all processes departments, and workflow’s to get a true understanding of the “As Is” state.  Instead of sending a survey, interview department directors, supervisors, etc. to determine how ICD-10 is used in the department or practice currently.

      2. Put together an assessment analysis of the “As Is” state and identify risk.  By identifying risk you can determine what changes need to be made right now and what changes can wait for 2014.

      3. Build your training plan.  Training is a premium right now and if you are responsible for implementation or have a large staff you need to begin training now so everyone can be appropriately trained. Decide what type of training each staff member needs (in-depth, overview, basic, etc.).

      4. Conduct an ICD-10 readiness audit looking at top DRG’s and utilization of diagnosis codes and map current documentation to what documentation needs to be evident with ICD-10.

      5. From the ICD-10 readiness audit you can determine what type of training the practitioner will need for ICD-10.

      6. Begin training the practitioners either one-on-one or as a group by specialty on documentation requirements for ICD-10.

      7. Begin training coding managers, and coders on the ICD-10-CM/PCS code sets. Keep in mind we need to begin dual coding early in 2014 and training resources will be used quickly.

      8. Make certain you keep in contact with your software vendors and business associates and get dates and timelines for testing.  Testing will be key in successful implementation.  If you cannot submit your claims, revenue will be affected in 2014.

      9. Keep the organization on target.  Keep everyone motivated and actively moving forward.

      10. Take your impact assessment to the next level—develop the action plan. What changes need to be made to implement ICD-10 successfully?

By itemizing the tasks at hand and involving numerous staff and department to help with ICD-10 implementation, the chances of success are greater than just sitting back and waiting to see what happens.  You cannot afford to risk your organization’s financial health by waiting for another delay.  CMS keeps telling us ICD-`10 is “closer than it seem” and that statement is so true. So get up, get going and implement your ICD-10 resolutions.

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