by Christine Woolstenhulme, QCC, QMCS, CPC, CMRS
August 3rd, 2015
Let’s put those to work, the transition from ICD-9 to 10 is a bit more than just code changes to say the least. With all the moving parts you need to focus on more than just learning a new code set.
There are several aspects of the transition you need to consider if you have not already. Assess the impact it will have on your office work flow and finances. By now your vendors such as software and clearing house should be prepared, be sure to communicate with them and find out how they are handling the transition.
New Technology is essential! An on-line encoder will save you and your staff hours of searching for codes, documentation and mapping. Find-A-Code starts at $4.95/mo, try a FREE 28 Day trial to start your dual coding. If you still want to use the coding books InstaCode Institute has over 25 ICD-10 specialty coding books, to assist you with provider documentation guides and your most used codes. Visit Instacode.com
Communication will be one of your greatest assets or it can become a great barrier, Schedule meetings! Keep on top of your issues and involve your entire staff, create a team and empower your staff to be their best.
Plan enough training and education your staff is comfortable and understands the concepts if ICD-10. There are tons of resources available, for example InstaCode Institute has recorded webinars you can purchase for a lunch and learn, also check out the FREE webinars we have listed in the INDEX in Find-A-Code.
Dual coding is a must! This will show you where your biggest challenges will be and help be sure to verify your documentation is adequate for the new ICD-10 Codes. Start with your most costly procedures and your most commonly used top 10 codes.