BC Advantage - 2013 Issue 10

ICD-10 Timeline: Meeting the Compliance Date

By: Crystal Zuzek The timeline's nine critical steps take at least 22 months to complete. Ideally, medical practices should now be working on step four to ensure that employees, office technology, and internal operations are ready to make the switch on Oct. 1, 2014.The nine steps, with expected minimum completion times in parenthesis, are:1. Conduct an impact analysis on business practices and systems to determine how the switch will affect operations. Next, inventory all systems, both electronic and manual, that use ICD-9 codes. By conducting this review as early as possible, physicians fully understand the scope of work...

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