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The ISMA can help you prepare for ICD-10, even if you haven’t started
e-Reports, Jan. 27, 2014
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If you are not prepared for the new ICD-10 code set, the ISMA can help you. While implementation was postponed in 2012 until Oct. 1, 2014, further delays are not expected.

Don’t forget these dates!

The ISMA presents these educational offerings to help you with ICD-10-CM:

  • Feb. 26 - Webinars for seven specialties on the ISMA website.
  • March 19 – ISMA Coding Symposium, Renaissance Indianapolis North, Carmel

Beginning in February, the ISMA will offer some in-depth educational sessions that will keep you on track with compliance. Each seminar will review top diagnoses codes in detail, provide a check-up for office transition and help you change your documentation to support the increased specificity.

First, learn the basics of ICD-10 by viewing the free webinar, “Preparing for Transition to ICD-10 Overview.” The session outlines steps you need to take now.

Then beginning Feb. 26, watch for several webinars that will be available on the ISMA website that will be specific to:

  • Primary care
  • Orthopaedics
  • Urology
  • Ob/Gyn
  • Neurology

The cost of each webinar for ISMA members and their staffs is $99 and $149 for non-members.

Also, the ISMA’s Annual Coding Symposium, March 19, will let you devote an entire day to ICD-10 preparation. You will learn to identify current systems and work processes that use ICD-9-CM codes and how to transition those to ICD-10-CM. You will leave with a draft list of the new codes, along with a checklist for implementation.

Find information on all these educational opportunities on the ISMA education page, or call the ISMA at (317) 261-2060 or (800) 257-4762.

Survey shows ICD-10 preparations are lagging
According to a survey from U.S. audit, tax and advisory firm KPMG, many physicians and other providers are significantly behind in several of the steps needed for implementation.

The survey was conducted from October to December 2013 at the conclusion of a series of webcasts. Responses were gathered from health plans, physicians, nurses, hospitals and health systems.

Of the respondents, the survey found:

  • 76 percent had completed ICD-10 impact assessments
  • 74 percent have not yet or are not planning on conducting testing that involves external entities
  • 70 percent have budgeted for ICD-10 implementation

See details about the KPMG survey on their website.

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