ICD-1O Informational Series, Part V: Provider Preparation/Helpful Hints
February 18, 2014
As a result of feedback from MaineCare’s Provider Readiness survey participants, we have developed an ICD-10 Informational Series for providers in order to share information and to direct you towards preparing for transitioning from ICD-9 to ICD-10.
The informational series will include the following parts or topics:
Part I: Overview of Provider Survey Results
Part II: MaineCare’s Provider Outreach Plan
Part III: ICD-10 Provider Impact
Part IV: Example of Coding Changes
Part V: Provider Preparation/Helpful Hints
Provider Readiness Survey results indicated that providers would benefit from information about how to prepare for the ICD-10 transition. As a result, MaineCare would like to share the information below, which provides some helpful hints about ICD-10 preparations. For more detailed information, please see the resources listed at the bottom of this message.
How can your organization prepare for ICD-10?
ICD-10 is a significant revision of the ICD code set. It is important that providers take the necessary steps to be ready to use ICD-10 by October 1st, 2014.
Some key steps to prepare may include:
Awareness and Assessment
Obtain ICD-10 code books for code look-up
Determine which code changes will most affect your practice
Assess whether any business processes or systems will need to be updated for the ICD-10 code structure
Assess whether any paper and electronic forms need to be updated
Assess whether your staff will need training
Requirements and Design
Identify what changes need to be made to business processes, systems, and paper and electronic forms
Consider opportunities to make coding more efficient
Identify who will need what type of training (e.g., coding certification, clinical documentation, etc.)
Define a timeline to implement changes
Discuss readiness with vendors, particularly software vendors
Implementation and Testing
Update business processes, policies, systems, and forms
Schedule and conduct training for clinicians, office managers, billers, coders, and other key staff
Confirm vendor readiness
Test with payers and other business partners