Ever had the “unprepared student” dream? You know, the one where you show up late for your most important exam, can’t find the classroom and don’t remember anything you studied? That feeling of fear and stress isn’t something you want to relive – especially not in real life!
The one-year countdown to ICD-10 officially began on October 1, and it’s the ideal time to make sure you’re on track for a worry-free transition. By evaluating key components of the conversion, you can determine what must be accomplished in these final months:
- Education – Coding just scratches the surface of the ideal ICD-10 training plan; be sure to include anatomy, physiology, pharmacology, medical terminology and procedures. Also, remember to develop role-based training, which keeps content relevant for physicians, coders or revenue cycle staff.
- Budget – It’s annual budgeting time for most practices. Consider how much funding you should devote to IT resources, training, staffing and consulting so your practice can have a smooth and successful ICD-10 transition.
- Testing – The government, payers and many larger health systems have made expanded and extended their testing programs. Ideally, now more practices can participate in more rigorous testing. This opportunity wouldn’t have been available with the former 2014 transition date, so be sure to make the most of it and test away.
Also, we invite you to take advantage of Navicure’s extensive ICD-10 resources. The ICD-10 Analyzer™ shows which ICD-10 codes map to your current top 20 ICD-9 codes – helping you focus training efforts where you’ll have the greatest financial impact. Navigating the Road to ICD-10: Eight Actions to Ensure Transition Success can help you develop a documentation review, gap analysis and comprehensive transition plan.
By truly making ICD-10 a priority during this final stretch, you can ensure your team is completely prepared – and free from nightmares about forgetting how to code or showing up late to work in their pajamas!