Health Information Management

ICD-10 two-year game plan

HIM-HIPAA Insider, August 31, 2012

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Retain. Train. Assess. Investigate. Analyze. 

HIM professionals have undoubtedly come across action verbs like these since HHS announced on January 15, 2009, the final regulation to replace the ICD-9-CM code set with the more advanced ­ICD-10-CM code set currently used in other nations.

Until recently, HHS was calling for an October 1, 2013, compliance date. However, in April it proposed to delay implementation of ICD-10-CM/PCS for one additional year-to October 1, 2014. 

Why the holdup? HHS wanted to address concerns among provider groups about meeting the compliance date and to give them more time to "prepare and fully test their systems to ensure a smooth and ­coordinated transition to these new code sets," according to its April 9 press release.

 Does your HIM department have reason to be concerned about meeting the compliance date? If you have not completed an ICD-10 impact assessment by now, it might, says Mark Jahn, vice president of healthcare practice at Atrilogy Solutions Group in Irvine, Calif.

"You should have finished your impact assessment by now," says Jahn, who started the Minnesota ICD-10 Collaborative, a collection of health plans and healthcare providers focused on producing best practices for ICD-10 preparation, in October 2010. "However, we still see quite a few organizations that have not done that." 

Editor’s note: This was an excerpt from an article in the September 2012 edition of the HCPro, Inc. newsletter Medical Records Briefing. Purchase the full article here.

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