Only four months ago, a law was passed that postponed ICD-10 for at least a year. Since that time, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has been working to finalize and confirm the new deadline. On July 31, the department announced that it was finally official: October 1, 2015, is the new date.
Since May 2014, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has been communicating the date to the public. Now that it is official, many organizations across the nation are asking themselves where and how they start or re-start preparing for the transition. And more importantly, how do they get staff motivated?
CMS has stated that ICD-10 is “a significant change that impacts the entire healthcare community.” With only 14 months left, all healthcare organizations need to start working on the transition today. This new deadline can act as a “restart” button for many organizations. As a first step, we recommend that every practice quickly review the steps for transition and evaluate your own preparedness.
After you have assessed where your team is in the transition process, we recommend building a timeline to help you manage the next year. Some of the things to consider for this timeline are:
- Working with technology vendors to make sure software is tested and ready.
- Reviewing your revenue cycle to make sure that is operating at optimal efficiency today so it can withstand the major change of ICD-10.
- Training staff and clinicians on new workflows and procedures, while also allowing for testing periods.
There is no indication that ICD-10 will be delayed again, so you have limited time that is already ticking away. Download the ICD-10: Eight Steps for Transition Success resource guide to make sure your practice is ready for a smooth and successful transition.
How have you started or re-started preparing for ICD-10? Let us know below.