It is only two years until the compliance date for the ICD-10 code sets and yet not enough hospitals have yet begun readiness assessments and impact analyses, said Jim Jacobs, general manager of health information management at software vendor QuadraMed Corp., Reston, Va.
And that's a problem because for a typical community hospital, the ICD-10 compliance timetable "is a lot more than a year," he said during with interview at the AHIMA 2011 Convention & Exhibit in Salt Lake City. To get a more precise look at the work ahead, questions to ask in a readiness assessment include: How adapt are your coders to change? How good is your clinical documentation to start with now? How much of your documentation systems are already electronic and how much of the overall documentation is a hybrid record?
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