We have talked before about the deadline most healthcare providers are counting down to – October 1, 2013. This is the day that ICD-10 will be the new standard for coding and billing. Providers must be compliant or else. Else equals a dramatic impact on their cash flow and bottom line.

Professionals warn that if healthcare providers don’t already have a project plan in place, they better start now. There are several project plan templates available, such as the AHIMA model. Some of these steps include forming a steering committee, educating
stakeholders, establishing a budget and instituting a change management program to help everyone adapt to this large-scale change. ”

Becker’s Hospital Review brought this topic to our attention in their article, “ICD-10: Insight on Project Planning and Financial Implications.” Part of that plan should be training and choosing a partner in technology that deals with training. Access Innovations provides training to a client’s staff and then offers quality assurance and validation services that can:

  • Minimize the risk of a coding error
  • Identify inappropriate or inadvertently applied tags
  • Display a “map” of coding distributions to allow management to get a bird’s-eye view of the coding assignment flow.

Melody K. Smith

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