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The Sin of Not Paying Attention To ICD-10


sin of ICD-10Not complying with the new ICD-10 updates may not land you in a version of Hades, but when your claims start bouncing back, that’s how it will feel. Don’t ruin the cash flow of your business by ignoring an essential part of good healthcare administration. Get your ICD-10 coding book now and get to work updating your practice before the newly revised October 1, 2015 start date. Here are a few key items to consider:

Buying the Book

The ICD-10 book is currently published as a draft, so some offices may be waiting to make a final-copy purchase. Don’t wait — the World Health Organization has frozen both ICD-9 and ICD-10 updates. Outside of urgent additions, no changes will be made, so you’re safe with the draft copy. If you use electronic claims or health record software, you can also purchase ICD-10 software packages with a subscription for updates, which removes worries about out-of-date copies.

Training Your Office

Start with a few key individuals such as physicians, managers and coding experts. Individuals that work with codes on a daily basis should have an in-depth understanding of ICD-10 changes. Let those employees put together training for everyone else. Physicians, who are busy treating patients, are going to be the hardest to pin down in most settings. Make training easier for clinical staff by only including the codes that are relevant to your office’s work and niche.

Train office staff now. Train physicians and others in early spring to avoid scheduling conflicts with summer vacations. Do a review for everyone in September just before the deadline for the ICD-10 conversion to ensure your office is ready to code correctly and avoid troubles with claims denials and rejections.

Start now. You’re already behind. Here’s how you can make a smooth transition.

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