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New options available for ICD-10 implementation

August 21, 2012
Uncategorized By LW Consulting Inc.

Medical providers should be aware that the sooner they meet ICD-10 compliance, the better off their facilities will be. Procrastinating the transition to new medical coding sets will only make it more difficult when the deadline comes closer.

The American Health Information Association is providing assistance with ICD-10 implementation, as the organization is offering online training coursework for healthcare workers to learn the new system, according to Becker's Hospital Review.

Offered are two courses that are meant to successfully train medical employees in ICD-10 implementation and provide these professionals with the appropriate tools for this transition. In the first course, there is an overview for deciphering the medical codes as well as 22 chapters discussing the specifics of this new coding set.

The second course focuses on medical coding in the acute care setting as well as information on medical and surgical processes. The deadline for registration is November 10 and the materials will be available to those that register through 2014.

As for meeting the ICD-10 compliance deadline, HealthEdge, a software provider for healthcare insurance companies, surveyed insurers on whether they will meet all requirements by the October 1, 2014 cut-off date.

Out of all 110 insurers, 61 percent said that they will definitely meet ICD-10 implementation goals while 30 percent responded that it is "likely" for them to meet the deadline. The rest were unsure of whether they are able to achieve all requirements.

"As a key part of preparation for ICD-10, organizations must ensure that they will have health information and other supporting systems in place to handle the new codes," the news source stated in a separate piece. "All systems currently using ICD-9 codes will need to be inventoried. Then, the software for these systems will have to be either updated or replaced in order to become ICD-10-ready."