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Preparing a Successful ICD-10 Transition

Beginning at the Beginning

Published July 2, 2013 11:05 AM by Elsevier

When something is as potentially overwhelming as ICD-10 implementation, it can feel like a flood roaring past, with no obvious place for you to jump in or way to take control. The good news is that, if it's done correctly, there will be no flood in the first place, and the occasional eddies can be navigated safely.
It begins with finding out what you don't know, with an assessment that takes the guesswork out of where to start and allows you to develop focused, prescriptive training.

A good evaluation program will allow you to:

➢ Identify those affected and why (stakeholders and unique needs)
➢ Pinpoint gaps in skills and knowledge
➢ Gain support for allocation of resources
➢ Gather baseline data to develop transitional plans 

Activities involved with evaluation include:

➢ Assessment of readiness 
➢ Securing executive sponsorship to help with allocation of resources
➢ Identifying an overall project owner
➢ Assembling an implementation team and assigning project managers
➢ Identifying stakeholders and determination of unique stakeholder needs
➢ Performance of GAP analyses of staff and systems, including data flow, work flow and workforce knowledge
➢ Assessment of payer, business associate and vendor readiness

With such a readiness assessment in hand, you'll have more than mere information. You'll have a navigational chart to help you avoid rough waters and sail safely through ICD-10 implementation.

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posted by Elsevier


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