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Tuesday July 16, 2019
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May 2014 - Volume 10 - Issue 11

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Using the ICD-10 Delay to Your Advantage

Is the ICD-10 delay leaving you feeling frustrated? Do you feel like you’ve wasted your time and money on preparation and training? Trying to figure out what to do next? Guess what… you are not alone! The entire healthcare industry is trying to figure out what to do next to create a smooth and effective ICD-10 transition.
 
Currently, many organizations and clinical practices have begun the transition from ICD-9 to ICD-10 by implementing workflow changes, training and data submission. These efforts are not in vain. At this point, no one is behind and the delay can work to your advantage by:
1. Allowing time to step back and do a quick ICD-10 status assessment, review of the current ICD-10 transition work plan and refocus efforts on lessons learned
2. Refocusing provider ICD-10 training on clinical documentation strategies instead of ICD-10 code application.
3. Reinforcing ICD-10 documentation strategies by reinvigorating current clinical documentation programs and begin the process of generating ICD-10 specific documentation queries.
4. Reinforcing ICD-10 dual coding efforts in order to shorten the coder learning curve and increase productivity.
5. Continuing ICD-10 claims and other data testing submissions to streamline and fine tune processes.
6. Working with vendors to produce test environments to allow your organization to analyze reimbursement impacts and resolve billing edit issues
 
The wide ranging impact of the delay offers a unique opportunity for hospital and physician practice leadership to “hit the reset button” and create more efficient scheduling, coding, billing and denials processes. Why? Unlike other revenue cycle initiatives, physicians have a vested financial interest in learning about ICD-10 documentation requirements. Committee members will have to break out of their silos and learn more about how their processes interact and impact other departments. This type of project can provide holistic solutions to common coding and revenue cycle problems.
 
The CodeSmart™ Group offers a web based affordable clinician education solution that focuses on ICD-10 documentation strategies and offers a user friendly environment. It also addresses Clinical Documentation strategies for ICD-9, so you can receive an immediate ROI on your training investment, even before the ICD-10 transition. Our current clinician clients (Physicians, CDS staff and other clinical providers) are enthusiastic about the specialty-based learning modules and appreciate our customization to their specific needs. Our holistic Clinical Documentation Integrity (CDI) products are designed to support the ICD-9 to ICD-10 transition, quality, value based Purchasing and Outpatient Documentation programs.
 
To assist our past, current and future students in all our programs, we will extend curriculum access to the new implementation date, so they can continue to learn and refresh their skills.
 
So don’t get mad, get even - by utilizing the delay to improve your revenue cycle processes, ICD-10 Clinical Documentation and Medicare revenue.
Dr. Harvey Bair is Vice President of Quality and Analytics for The CodeSmart Group. Marion Kruse is an AHIMA Approved ICD-10-CM/PCS Trainer. For more information, contact The CodeSmart™ Group at (800) 806-0763 or visit www.codesmartgroup.com.
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