As we continue our ICD-10 Implementation Is Less Than A Year Away: What You Need To Do To Be Ready series, we’ll take a look at other steps providers can take in the months leading up to implementation.
After you implement changes like educating your staff and assessing the potential reimbursement effect of transition, begin developing strategies to minimize problems and maximize opportunities. In order to do this, assess the impact of decreased coding productivity on your organization’s accounts receivable status. Coding productivity can be affected by a number of factors, including the amount and level of preparation, extent of education, coding experience, extent of ICD-10 training, quality of medical record documentation, and your organization’s size.
Also, assess how long the decline in coding productivity will last and what steps can be taken to reduce the effect of decreased coding productivity. We recommend a few things to assist you in this process. Suggestions include eliminating coding backlogs and prioritizing medical records that need to be coded.
We also recommend monitoring coding accuracy during the initial implementation period and identifying any other problems you may have. Try to implement strategies that reduce any potential negative effect and develop a contingency plan for continuing operations if problems occur when implementation goes live. Additionally, develop a communications plan that outlines steps for how to report an issue when the system goes live, who the points of contacts will be, and how to disseminate information and/or updates to vendors, payers and other business associates.
Stay tuned to our blog for more tips on a smooth ICD-10 transition!