A reprieve appears increasingly unlikely. Administrator Marilyn Tavenner, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), earlier this summer reaffirmed the Oct. 1, 2014, deadline for the transition to ICD-10-CM.
By all accounts, practices are moving slowly to prepare, but there’s much to do and plenty of assistance available. According to a CMS readiness timeline, testing should be underway with vendors and clearinghouses.
If you haven’t heard from those you work with, now is the time to call and ask if they have begun testing their systems.
Discuss what technology changes you may need to make in your practice. Also, examine how the transition process may affect patient volume and, subsequently, your practice’s cash flow and budget.
Help is available
Turn first to the CMS website for a host of resources like timelines, checklists, fact sheets and more; see the CMS website.
The Indiana Health Coverage Programs (Medicaid) is ready to test ICD-10 system changes with vendors. Please have your software and clearinghouse vendors contact the testing team before starting any testing to ensure that files are routed to the ICD-10 test environment.
If you and members of your staff have not already attended the ISMA seminar “Preparing for the Transition to ICD-10-CM,” register today for the final session on Sept. 25 in Columbus/Edinburgh. Everyone in the office – appointment schedulers, physicians, nurses and midlevel providers, coders and biller – needs to be acquainted with ICD-10.
For registration for the ISMA session, go here.