ICD-10 – Implementation Date – October 1, 2015
What is ICD-10?
ICD-10 is a diagnostic coding system implemented by the World Health Organization (WHO) in 1993 to replace ICD-9, which was developed by WHO in the 1970s. ICD-10 is currently in use in almost every country. The United States is scheduled to implement ICD-10 on October 1, 2015.
Everyone who is covered by HIPAA must make the transition — not just those who submit Medicare and Medicaid claims — so it is important to prepare.
What must you do to prepare?
PrimeWest Health encourages providers to continue ICD-10 preparations.
- Identify your current systems and work processes that use ICD-9 codes.
- ICD-10 codes will replace the current ICD-9 codes.
- Talk with your practice management system vendors about their preparation for ICD-10.
- What updates are they planning to your system?
- When do they expect to have it ready to be installed?
- Are upgrades included as part of your agreement?
- Is customer support and training provided?
- Identify potential changes to workflows and business processes, such as the following:
- Clinical documentation
- Encounter forms
- Quality and public health reporting
- Assess staff training needs.
- Look into training opportunities available online and through professional associations.
- Coding professionals recommend training for coders take place approximately 6 – 9 months prior to the compliance date.
- Conduct test transactions using ICD-10 codes with payers and clearinghouses.