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Continue ICD-10 preparations

April 10, 2013

ICD-10 doesn’t go into effect until Oct. 1, 2014, which makes 2013 a very good time to become acquainted with the new system and to begin thinking about what you will need to do to ensure all doctors and staff are ready when the deadline arrives.

Testing

  • April 2013: Use a doctor/staff meeting to help everyone become comfortable with ICD-10 codes and systems and how they will change the way doctors and staff choose diagnosis codes in your practice.
  • Use online, free websites to choose ICD-10 codes for 10 to 15 diagnoses your practice sees most often.
  • Contact your claims clearinghouse and (if applicable) your electronic health record representatives to learn what they are doing to assist you in the transition to ICD-10.
  • October 2013: Use another doctor/staff meeting to decide how much extra preparation you will need in the final year before implementation.

Expect to continue testing transactions and fine-tuning your transition until the ICD-10 compliance date of Oct. 1, 2014.

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