The deadline for converting from legacy ICD-9 coding to the updated ICD-10 system is October 1, 2014. According to a study published in December 2013 by the Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange, around 80 percent of providers have yet to begin testing. Some offices are waiting for software updates; others haven’t even begun the conversion process. There are some things providers can do to get ahead of the challenge and ensure ICD-10 compliance by October.
Ask for Demos and Assistance
Request indepth assistance from coding and billing software vendors. From demo and onsite training to planned mapping that ensure codes convert correctly, early planning will make a big difference later this year. Providers should be confident of code mapping before the lever is pulled–fixing mistakes in live billing processes are much more costly than troubleshooting problems in test environments.
Think Smart When it Comes to Mapping
Remove or archive unused ICD-9 codes from current software. No practice will use 100 percent of the available codes, and removing codes you will never use reduces the work involved in mapping to new ICD-10 codes. It also reduces the chance of error in the process.
Upgrades to your billing or coding procedures are not things you want staff cramming the night before the big test. Start training now for the go-live date so coders are able to make the change without stress or hassle. Investigate vendor training opportunities and industry seminars regarding ICD-10 in addition to creating your own office and software-specific training.
Last Updated on January 17, 2014