The deadline for ICD-10 is looming heavily over the healthcare industry. October 2015 is coming quickly and an estimated 20,000 diagnoses and procedure codes in ICD-9 will expand to more than 155,000 under ICD-10. These codes are used not only for analytic and reporting purposes, but they are also ingrained in most business processes. They factor into pricing, payment, contracting risk prediction, and a variety of other mission-critical business functions.
This change over process is extensive, and preparation and organization is essential.
There are important phases your facility needs to attend to in order to incorporate ICD-10 codes, while maintaining operational control:
- Readiness Assessment and Gap Analysis — Establish current state, ICD code activity and opportunities
- Preparation — Address issues identified during assessment
- Implementation — Train, test and monitor readiness
- Optimization — Mitigate and minimize impact
Most healthcare organizations affected by this change are falling behind on the benchmarks needed to comply with the Oct. 2015 deadline. If you are currently struggling with the transition process or if you haven’t begun – contact Alego Health to find out about their services to assist you in the ICD-10 transition.
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