Coding Vendor Gives ICD-10 Tips

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.

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Thank you for your quick summary of this session. You hit all the high points. And your advice directly aligns with our experience in the industry. One area where we are seeing activity begin now is with coder assessments and training. In fact, several hospitals have already assessed their current staffs' knowledge and have started anatomy and physiology coursework by body system; both as refresher and pre-cursor to official ICD-10 classes.

We are also supporting the dual coding process that you mention. However, to accommodate this methodology it is essential that coder training begin early in 2013, or even in 2012 if possible. Three final tips to include:

-Start coder training six months prior to implementation of dual coding.

-During this time, your coding staff will be away from their desks -- and productive work -- nearly full time.

-Have trained back-up coders ready.
Posted by Joe Gurrieri -COO, H.I.M ON CALL | Friday, October 14 2011 at 2:49PM ET
OK, knowing that not all payors will be ICD-10 ready by Oct 1, 2013; Medicare obviously will and will not accept any ICD-9 codes. What ramifications will other payors not being I-10 ready have on the provider organization? If the payor is not I-10 ready, payments will still be made based on the I-9 codes submitted,
Posted by Charlotte M | Monday, October 10 2011 at 9:21AM ET
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