4 Tips for Success – ICD-10 Conversion and Implementation
From Cedars Sinai presentation at the AHIMA conference, the following lessons learned are keys to success in your ICD10 conversaion and implementation! With ICD-10 being implemented this week, are you ready? Here we go!
- Provide ongoing education and re-education for coders. ICD-10 has 68,000 diagnostic codes compared with 13,000 for ICD-9. Even coders with decades of experience are in many ways ‘beginners’ with ICD-10. Initial training will give them the knowledge to start coding in ICD-10, but only hands-on experience and educational feedback will give them the expertise to reach pre-implementation levels of productivity and accuracy.”
- Conduct proactive coding audits and assessments. Don’t wait until you start to get coding denials before you audit your coders. It’s important to proactively identify errors and take steps to correct them as they occur.
- Increase hiring of inexperienced coders. Traditionally, we’ve been hesitant to hire coders who have completed their education but have no previous experience. Take advantage of the training programs already in place for ICD-10 to recruit coders without real world experience, train them and move them along a career ladder that will build loyalty and reduce turnover.
- Evaluate procedures for professional fee coding. With ICD-9, physicians and other professionals at Cedars-Sinai were responsible for entering the diagnostic codes for the services they rendered. We are looking at the commitment required of physicians to learn the new ICD-10 coding system to decide whether that’s the best use of their resources. First and foremost, we want our physicians to be focused on providing patient care. The medical center is exploring the possibility of using coders to do pro-fee coding and training physicians and other professionals in how best to document patient care so as to facilitate accurate coding.
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