Health Information Management

Q&A: ICD-10 implementation timeline

HIM-HIPAA Insider, June 1, 2010

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Q: Where should our hospital be in terms of the ICD-10 implementation process in 2010?

A: If you aren’t sure whether your hospital is on track, or if you know you aren’t where you need to be, consider taking advantage of a customizable timeline is courtesy of the Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI)/North Carolina Healthcare Information and Communications Alliance (NCHICA)Timeline Initiative.
 
The ICD-10 timeline was carefully constructed after taking industrywide input into account, according to Stanley Nachimson, principal of Nachimson Advisors in Reisterstown, MD, and the WEDI project director for the WEDI/NCHICA Timeline Initiative Steering Committee. 
 
The timeline outlines various tasks necessary for ICD-10 implementation and the predicted times required to complete them in time for appropriate testing and to meet the final compliance date. 
Individual HIM directors can download the timeline to help form an ICD-10 implementation project plan if they have not created one already. Providers can (and should) customize the timeline, Nachimson says. For example, they can add tasks and change dates. 
 
The timeline emphasizes many of the dependencies various vendors, providers, and health plans have on each other throughout the implementation process, Nachimson says. Not only can HIM directors use the timeline in-house to keep various hospital departments on track, but they can also verify whether their vendors and other partners or health plans are on schedule to meet upcoming deadlines.
 
To download the chart (available in several file types), visit www.nchica.org/HIPAAResources/timeline.htm. 
 
Editor’s note: Read more about the suggested timeline for ICD-10 implementation in the May 2010 issue of Medical Records Briefing.



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