Keeping on Track with ICD-10 Implementation

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has indicated that there will be no further delays in ICD-10 CM/PCS Implementation.   The implementation date remains October 1, 2014.

With the implementation date only being 15 months away, practices and hospital systems should be completed with their planning and assessment phase.   During this phase, a project leader and team should have been established.   An assessment of all areas that will be affected by ICD-10 should have been performed and a project plan and budget plan created.

Additionally, the ICD-10 implementation plan should have been communicated to all providers and staff involved in the process. Vendors and payers are to be contacted to see where they are in the implementation process as well.

The remaining stages are Implementation, Testing and Transition. High-level training needs to be provided for the IT team regarding templates, reporting, code-sets and internal/external training prior to the Implementation phase.
Completion of all phases on a timely basis helps to ensure that you will have minimal reimbursement delays and/or denials once ICD-10 implementation goes into effect.

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