Though CMS has indicated it’s planning to push back the October 2013 deadline for the industry’s transition to ICD-10 coding, there’s still numerous training, technology and workflow issues that should be analyzed now to prepare for the inevitable, says Christine Armstrong, the national leader for ICD-10 transformation service at Deloitte.
During an interview at HIMSS12, Armstrong noted that many providers still don’t understand just how deep coding runs through their organizations and how many aspects of operations will depend on staff trained in ICD-10. Staff who negotiate managed care contracts, for example, need to understand how new code sets affect changes in reimbursement and claims flow. Credentialing and marketing also will need to be versed in how the change in coding will impact their work.
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