Preparing for ICD-10 may be as simple as taking the first claim of each day and coding it in both ICD-9 and ICD-10. Even though implementation is not until Oct. 1, 2014, now is the time to become familiar with the new code set.
Sandy Miller, ISMA director of Practice Management, noted it’s important to keep information on ICD-10 codes fresh in your mind, and practicing each day helps accomplish that.
“Claims need to be clean the first time they are submitted. Meeting the start date with full knowledge of the new code system will help ensure claims payment in a timely manner.”
She also suggested you work with your staff to identify areas having insufficient documentation to help meet the more specific ICD-10 requirements.
“ICD-10 is more precise, so correct documentation is very important,” Miller explained. “Physicians, even employed physicians, are responsible for claims and information submitted to payers. That’s why physicians should work closely with their coders.”
Also, don’t forget to include your billing service or clearinghouse in your ICD-10 preparations. Make sure they are ready, as well.
For help, find the ICD-10 manual at the CDC.
Read additional information on ICD-10 here.
The ISMA offers ICD-10 training
Plan to attend the ISMA’s seminar, “Preparing for the Transition to ICD-10-CM,” April 25, in Indianapolis. B.J. Hohenstein, R.N., president of Medical Management Resources, will be presenting during this day-long educational activity. Watch future ISMA Reports for details.