Long-Term Care

Post-acute care: Have you created your ICD-10 implementation plan?

MDS 3.0 Insider, July 11, 2011

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With 2013 seemingly so far away, many post-acute care organizations, including long-term care facilities, homecare agencies, and hospices, have not started their ICD-10 coding training. Many want to make sure the codes are in final form before training and others feel as though they don’t have the time to begin training, but it is important to start planning how you will tackle this daunting new change.

In a recent survey of our homecare and long-term care customers, we asked them where they were in the process of creating an ICD-10 implementation plan for their agency or facility. The numbers show:

  • Long-term care:
    • Out of 153 responses, only 7% have completed a framework for an implementation plan, while 16% are in the process of developing their plan.
    • The remaining 77% of those surveyed either don’t know if they have developed a plan or have not created one at this time.
  • Homecare:
    • Out of 254 responses, only 3% have completed a framework for an implementation plan, while 17% are in the process of developing their plan.
    • The remaining 80% of those surveyed either don’t know if they have developed a plan or have not created one at this time.

As 2013 approaches slowly but steadily, it is important to begin your work on this implementation plan. Although it may feel far away, it will be here before you know it and understanding what your agency or facility will have to do to prepare, even if it is sometime in the future, is crucial.

For more information about planning for ICD-10 implementation, visit HCPro’s ICD-10 Trainer blog.
 



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