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Tip: Departments need to work together for successful ICD-10 implementation

APCs Insider, June 19, 2015

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One of the largest challenges with ICD-10 may be overcoming the perception that transitioning is merely a coding or IT issue. ICD-10 is a business issue that touches a hospital's revenue cycle, clinical areas, payer integration/contracts, and systems, and it will require widespread preparedness.
 
Clinicians will need to provide detailed documentation for coders to code in ICD-10. In addition, organizations need to develop a thorough, well-thought-out, full translation and mapping strategy to create both native and mapped applications. This may span any process or application that uses ICD-9 codes today, such as superbills, charge tickets, contracts, medical necessity, and utilization review, in conjunction with provider, vendor, and payer integration.
 
This tip is adapted from “ICD-10 implementation requires organizationwide education and awareness" in the June issue of Briefings on APCs.



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