Health Information Management

Hold your vendors accountable to ensure a seamless transition to ICD-10

HIM-HIPAA Insider, March 10, 2009

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October 1, 2013, is the deadline by which HIM directors must implement ICD-10 at their hospitals. Coordinating a smooth transition means holding your vendors accountable by asking them these questions:

  • Will your system be ready for ICD-10 implementation by October 1, 2013?
  • Do you have any programs or products that demonstrate how you plan to address the transition?
  • Will your system be able to accommodate both ICD-9 and ICD-10 codes during the transition?
  • Will you help educate users and make the transition easier for them?
  • Can you assist with the data translation and conversion?

Editor’s note: This tip was adapted from the March issue of Medical Records Briefing.



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