As summarized in this article from ICD10monitor about the ICD-10 Pre-Conference Symposium during the recent HIMSS conference, dual coding and end-to-end testing are essential steps in helping ensure ICD-10 transition success. Industry experts believe the sooner everyone starts coding and receiving claims in ICD-10, the better the results will be.
Even though most providers, payers and vendors are still implementing technologies to accommodate end-to-end testing, it’s not too early for practices to consider the benefits of dual coding and how it might better prepare them for the looming transition deadline. Coding claims in both ICD-9 and ICD-10 not only helps coding staff get comfortable with the new code set, but also helps uncover ways to improve clinical documentation.
While it may seem like more work, dual coding is actually a great way to minimize the stress of the ICD-10 transition. By paving the way for external testing, dual coding allows practices to work out some of the kinks in workflow processes and systems well before the implementation date arrives. You can learn more about the benefits of dual coding by checking out this blog post.
Once you’ve had a chance to read, take a well-deserved break and play our ICD-10 game to see why preparations like these are such a critical part of a successful ICD-10 implementation plan for your organization.