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2013-03 CMS Releases ICD-10 Checklists and Timelines

  • CMS Releases ICD-10 Checklists and Timelines
    To help you prepare for ICD-10, CMS has released new checklists and timelines for small and medium provider practices, large provider practices, small hospitals, and payers. These resources are designed to give you a high-level understanding of what the ICD-10 transition requires and how your ICD-10 preparations compare with recommended timeframes.
     Checklists: The checklists offer easy-to-understand lists of tasks that CMS recommends completing before the October 1, 2014, ICD-10 deadline. Each task also includes an estimated timeframe, allowing you to plan based on your current progress. Depending on your organization, you may be able perform some of the tasks on a compressed timeline or at the same time as other tasks.
     Timelines: The timelines are an at-a-glance resource for getting a sense of how your transition is moving forward. The timelines provide a visual guide to key transition activities by phase.
    You can use the checklists and timelines to identify where you need to focus your efforts. Then you can consult the more in-depth ICD-10 resources available on the CMS website.
  • Keep Up to Date on ICD-10
    Visit the CMS ICD-10 website for the latest news and resources to help you prepare for the October 1, 2014, deadline.
  • For practical transition tips:
     Read recent ICD-10 email update messages
     Access the ICD-10 continuing medical education modules developed by CMS in partnership with Medscape
  • Plan to Mitigate Risk for a Smooth ICD-10 Transition
    To make your transition to ICD-10 smooth, consider following these steps:
     Establish a transition plan. Outline the steps your practice intends to follow to comply with ICD-10 requirements. Establish milestones to keep your practice on track. Share your transition plan with your EHR and practice management system vendors and billing services. Talk to them about how you can set up testing before the deadline.
     Communicate with your vendors regularly; encourage them to take action now to avoid reimbursement delays. Talk to your vendors about making sure your practice management systems will be able to handle ICD-10 transactions. Ask them about their schedule for training your practice’s staff on the system changes. Make sure you and your vendors allow ample time for testing ICD-10 systems.
     Identify everywhere that your practice uses ICD-9. Any function where you currently use ICD-9 will be affected by the transition to ICD-10. By taking a look at where you use ICD-9, you will see where you need to be prepared to use ICD-10 codes.
     Plan for staff training. Decide who needs training, what type of training they need, and when they need it. Anyone who will test ICD-10 systems before the transition will need training in advance so they can perform meaningful testing. Others who use ICD codes can be trained 6 to 9 months before the October 1, 2014, transition.
     Network with peers. Talking with your peers in other practices can help you to identify best practices and opportunities for sharing resources.
     Set up an emergency fund to cover potential cash-flow disruptions from claims processing. If you think you might have a serious disruption in getting claims processed after the transition, having a cash reserve on hand could be helpful.
     Process ICD-9 transactions before the deadline. Get claims with ICD-9 transactions processed before the deadline to avoid facing a major backlog after the October 1, 2014, ICD-10 transition.
  • Keep Up to Date on ICD-10
    Visit the CMS ICD-10 website for the latest news and resources to help you prepare for the October 1, 2014, deadline.
    For practical transition tips:
     Read recent ICD-10 email update messages
     Access the ICD-10 continuing medical education modules developed by CMS in partnership with Medscape