The transition to ICD-10 will affect nearly every part of your practice. You can let an impact assessment guide you down the path to ICD-10 by first identifying where you currently use ICD-9.
An impact assessment represents nothing more than a survey. Ask each employee in your practice IF and HOW they use ICD-9. Don’t stop with obvious staff like coders and billers. Your front desk person may enter charges, and your medical assistant or nurse is likely documenting in the medical record.
As you continue through the transition, your assessment will become your ICD-10 “to-do list.”
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has a downloadable tool, the Process and System Inventory Template, to get you started. Find it on the ISMA website. This tool is a Microsoft Word® document you can tailor to your own needs.
For more information on ICD-10, see the education tab on the ISMA website. Visit this page often for specialty education and all the ICD-10 news.
To ensure you don’t miss a thing, remember: To get to 10, start with 9.