Experts are describing the upcoming conversion to ICD-10 as chaotic, but suggest providers can avoid this by making sure they prepare ahead of time. CMS administrators have already stated that they will not postpone the October 1, 2014 start date for the conversion. This past week, CMS authorized contractors processing Medicare claims to perform one-way testing with certain providers submitting ICD-10 coded claims; CMS officials have also stated that they plan on conducting more robust end-to-end testing during the summer. As of now, providers should invest in physician training on documentation “with the more complex and granular ICD-10 codes” as a “key mitigation strategy.” In addition, improving external and internal organizational communication between technology systems vendors, internal IT departments, health information management staff and physicians is key to a smooth transition.
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