The Urgency in ICD-10 Implementation

Experts have recommended that care providers will be better off if they start the ICD-10 implementation process at least 6 months to a year before the deadline.

This is instrumental in understanding potential impacts on the practice related to finances, operations and the technical side of things.

Furthermore, it will take time for everybody at the practice to fully comprehend and understand the new set of codes and to properly use them in claims.

The second step requires patience, support and effort. Traditional phases of testing include system integration, user acceptance, clinical collaboration and an overall testing. It is imperative to create the most realistic scenarios to demonstrate testing so that it is as close to reality as possible.

The importance of urgent ICD-10 implementation cannot be undermined.

With all the hype surrounding ICD-10, providers want to phase to the new set of codes as soon as possible and with as little trouble. This is why; they are looking for vendors who can help them in making the conversion as smooth as possible

Experts have recommended that care providers will be better off if they start the ICD-10 implementation process at least 6 months to a year before the deadline.

This is instrumental in understanding potential impacts on the practice related to finances, operations and the technical side of things.

Furthermore, it will take time for everybody at the practice to fully comprehend and understand the new set of codes and to properly use them in claims.

The following is a list of steps that care providers need to take, to secure their ICD-10 transition:

1.   Initial Planning

With the help of your ICD-10 experts, it is recommended that you devise and establish a regulatory framework, establish risk & project management structure and communicate with external partners.

2.   Communication and Collaboration

Establish a training plan based on staff training needs. Create awareness among the staff regarding the effects of ICD-10 and its implementation. Develop a plan of communication with and between the staff.

3.   Evaluation & Assessment

Now is the right time for a formal assessment of your business and the impact your implemented policies have on it. Furthermore, at this stage, it is crucial to evaluate your vendor and assess the technological impact the usage of new technologies is having at your practice.

4.Testing

Determine and test system migration strategies, deliver operational training and train the staff on how to effectively use the system. Test the technical modifications and see if they work seamlessly with your system.

5.   Making the Transition

Establish the environment for a go-live scenario. Make sure everyone is ready and well trained for the updates to take place, so that the daily work load is not hampered in any way.

 

 

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