Is ICD-10 Too Much, Too Soon?
"The need to prepare for ICD-10 and the Affordable Care Act and to achieve so-called meaningful use of electronic health records all at once could overwhelm computer staffs throughout the healthcare industry."
This quote from a recent New York Times article ("Roughed Up by an Orca? There's a Code for That") should get the attention of those who (1) still believe the transition to the new coding system will be a breeze or (2) still pray for a delay in the Oct. 1 start date.
Looking past the frightening predictions, what we drew from the article was substantiation of the need for organizations to have a transition team in place, with representation from a broad spectrum of departments.
The point is that nothing as huge as ICD-10 can be done in isolation - especially when it is only one mountain in the range that must be scaled. And, given the sheer volume of the regulatory landslide, it's extremely difficult for one person or one department to see the full, clear picture of potential impact.
Like the delivery of healthcare itself, the ICD-10 transition should be a team effort. Do you have your line-up in place?