June 22 marked less than 100 days until the ICD-10 implementation deadline. Are you ready?
According to a new survey conducted by AHIMA and the eHealth Initiative, almost 20 percent of participating practices don’t plan to conduct end-to-end testing. In addition, 38 percent expect revenue to decrease, with one of the key challenges being reduced coding productivity and output.
This 100-day mark passing is a good “check-in” point to question assumptions about your readiness. Does everyone on the team feel confident about these changes? Do you have testing planned? Do you have ample training and resources available for staff members? Now is the time to conduct your own surveys and evaluations so you can make needed changes.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has recently release some helpful, free tools you can use as part of this process that we wanted to highlight for you:
- A quick start guide, which will walk you through a 5-step readiness plan and includes different agency resources for obtaining ICD-10 codes, free training resources, and more.
- Interactive case studies, which present you with a sample case and ask you how to document it according to ICD-10. New cases are released each week, so check back every few days to test your knowledge.
Did we miss any other free resources? Tell us in the comments.