Action Steps for Providers
The nation is transitioning from ICD-9 to ICD-10 medical coding. All health care providers covered by HIPAA must make the switch by the October 1, 2014, compliance deadline. ICD-10 will affect every aspect of how your organization provides care—from registration and referrals, to new code sets, software upgrades and clinical documentation—so it’s important to start planning now.
A critical step to help with ICD-10 planning is conducting an impact assessment. Your impact assessment should evaluate how ICD-10 will affect:
• Business practices
• Documentation changes
• Reimbursement structures
• Systems and vendor contracts
Want to learn more? Read a more detailed review of action steps or find timelines and checklists customized for small, medium and large practices and hospitals in this ICD-10 Resource Guide.
Also, sign up for the February 12th webinar from athenahealth and look out for an ICD-10 overview webinar in the coming months.