Groups Offer ICD-10 Transition Tools, Urge Continued Preparation

April 23, 2015 in News

Several resources are available to health care providers as they prepare for the ICD-10 transition, EHR Intelligence reports.

U.S. health care organizations are working to transition from ICD-9 to ICD-10 code sets by Oct. 1 to accommodate codes for new diseases and procedures.

Transition Preparedness Tools

According to EHR Intelligence, providers should be beyond basic ICD-10 transition preparation and onto systems testing and problem solving.

Former Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange Chair Jim Daley said, “As time compresses, you have to cut back on the things you’re doing.” He added, “The first thing you’d better be doing is making sure your own shop is ready.”

Several groups offer tools to help providers with the transition process. For example:

  • Advancing the Business of Healthcare offers an online training program that includes tests, case studies and other processes to meet certification requirements;
  • CMS’ ICD-10 Implementation Guide details information about planning, analysis, design, development, testing and implementation of ICD-10 coding-compliant systems;
  • Emblem Health offers similar tools for training, assessment and resource guides;
  • The Massachusetts Medical Society offers an “ICD-10 Toolkit,” which provides users with checklists, tutorials, podcasts, vendor fact sheets and other resource guides; and
  • Navicure offers an eight-step guide to the ICD-10 transition, with steps including creating budgets, updating technology and training relevant personnel (Gruessner [1], EHR Intelligence, 4/22).

Task Force Highlights Steps To Take After Transition Deadline

Meanwhile, an ICD-10 task force at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society’s annual conference last week emphasized the need for providers to continue transition preparation efforts beyond the Oct. 1 deadline, EHR Intelligence reports.

For example, the task force recommended that providers after the Oct. 1 deadline:

  • Spend three to six months assessing any operational, clinical or financial problems; and
  • Maintain regular quality and safety reporting practices (Gruessner [2], EHR Intelligence, 4/22).

Members of the HIMSS ICD-10 Task Force include:

  • Janet Ellingson, meaningful use coordinator for INEGRIS Health;
  • Edward Marx, senior vice president and CIO of Texas Health Resources; and
  • Michelle McGuire, senior project manager at the Kansas Health Information Network (HIMSS website, April 2015).
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