ICD-10 Preparation: Teamwork Required
Reflecting on our time at the AHIMA Convention & Exhibit in Atlanta, obviously there was a lot of focus on ICD-10. In addition to the usual interest in the upcoming implementation, there was also increased concern regarding the challenges of planning for the transition.
A few of the issues we heard most often included:
- Is my organization moving fast enough to make the transition a smooth one?
- Do we have enough staff and are the coders we have up to the task? What's the best way to train coders?
- What can we do to mitigate the impact on productivity - while training, during the transition and after implementation?
- IT already has a lot on its plate with Stage 2 Meaningful Use and other mandates. Will that negatively affect our ICD-10 transition?
- What really will be our final costs?
- How do we manage revenue cycle effectively early on, while we're just implementing the new coding system?
- How ready are our clearinghouses and payers, particularly Medicare?
While we can help on a number of those fronts, particularly in the area of training, the answers to many of those questions can only come from within. That's why enterprise-wide involvement is needed at the top levels.
No matter the size of the practice or organization, the transition to ICD-10 is a team effort. Now's a good time to get your line-up in place.