The implementation of ICD-10 is quickly approaching. After several years of delay, the deadline for the World Health Organization’s 10th revision of the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems is set for October 1, 2015, which is now less than 70 days away.
ICD-10 allows for more detailed coding including more than 14,400 different codes, along with the tracking of new diagnoses. ICD-10 also allows for the expansion to more than 68,000 codes through the use of optional sub-classifications.
It’s important that your ambulatory surgery center (ASC) is not only preparing for the implementation of ICD-10, but testing the coding system as well. Instead of a one-time test, it should be an ongoing process to determine any issues in the claims system with coding and/or documentation.
With now less than 70 days until ICD-10 goes into effect, it’s important to start that testing now if you haven’t done so already. Giving your center time to identify and correct any problem areas will help to ensure a smoother overall implementation.
What’s more, a HIMSS study found that coder productivity may be reduced by 20 to 50 percent during the implementation of ICD-10. To keep this percentage as low as possible, testing the new coding system will make your business office staff more proficient in ICD-10 as well as increase their comfort level with the new codes.