On July 31, 2014, CMS announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a rule finalizing Oct. 1, 2015 as the new compliance date for health care providers, health plans, and health care clearinghouses to transition to ICD-10. According to CMS:
"This deadline allows providers, insurance companies and others in the health care industry time to ramp up their operations to ensure their systems and business processes are ready to go on Oct. 1, 2015."
What does that mean for your organization?
I'm hearing from a lot of clients that it means training, dual coding, system testing and data analysis. I'd like to share with you the resources we can have that help organizations Know. Right. Now. what they need to be ready (finally) by 2015.
- Coding simplified: Don't allow encoder dependence! Take a look at online electronic ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS CodeBooks! The MediRegs E-CodeBooks speed coding efficiency and accuracy with 7th character specificity, clear instructions, easy searching, and an on-line experience that combines the best of the paper book layout with the ease of use of an electronic tool.
- Tools for understanding the transition: Demystify the relationship between ICD-9 and ICD-10. Our ICD-10 Explorer tool let's you dual coding and GEMs map instantly, and our MS-DRG Grouper & Calculator makes it easy for you to see the expected Medicare MS-DRG payment shifts under ICD-10.
- Training resources: Don't reinvent the wheel! I recommend you start with the great information CMS has published (but sometimes made tricky to find), then move on to our robust library of white papers, study guides and webinar archives. After that, if you still need training, we are happy to recommend the best training programs in the country.
- Data-driven decisions: Use your own data to get stake holders on board! We can offer you a claims data analysis that translates sample historical ICD-9 claims to ICD-10 to show exactly which service lines will be impacted by the transition. The turn-around time on this is less than a week, and the elegantly simple reports take the guess work out of where you should focus!