Preparing for ICD-10 changes

ICD-10 will have a major impact on billing, reporting and many other related processes in your organization. As recommended by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) and the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA), your ICD-10 conversion project should have four overall phases identified.

Whether you are part of a large provider organization or a small independent clinic, we suggest you start by organizing your plan around these four phases:

1. Develop an implementation plan
2. Implementation preparation
3. "Go Live" preparation
4. Post-implementation follow-up

For more information, refer to The Winding Road to ICD-10 Codesets (PDF) presentation, hosted by the Minnesota ICD-10 Collaborative (originally aired October 9, 2012).

November 6 webinar: "Payer and Provider Testing Strategies"  Minnesota ICD-10 Collaborative is pleased to present a 90-minute free webinar on the testing strategies from payers and providers. Learn more (PDF)

The webinar is free.

Health Plan Sponsored ICD-10 Webinar
What are the dates?

  • Tuesday, October 22nd, 12:00 pm ET
  • Tuesday, October 29th, 3:00 pm ET

What is the title?
Getting specific in ICD-10: Why it’s important and what does it take to get there
What’s it about?
ICD-10 represents one of the biggest changes in health information in decades.  ICD-10 is the only national standard that defines the patient’s health state in data that crosses all health care enterprises.  It represents the “why” of health care as well as “what” was done on the inpatient side to help maintain or improve that health state.  
This webinar will discuss the opportunities ICD-10 brings to define, in standard data, the key parameters of the patient health condition related to severity, risk, complexity, co-morbidities, complications, sequela, causation, and a host of other important concepts.  ICD-10 will not make this happen by default however. Data is only as good as the underlying source documentation and coding practices that support it. This webinar will address a number of questions about ICD-10 documentation and coding that are critical to laying the groundwork for better documentation, better coding, and better data.
You’ll learn answers to:

  • Why is coding specificity important?
  • What does “unspecified” mean?
  • Does the use of the word “unspecified” mean that the code is not detailed?
  • Do the number of characters in the codes have any direct relationship to the level of specificity?
  • When are “unspecified” codes appropriate?
  • Which “unspecified” codes should rarely, if ever, be used?
  • Does the use of codes that are defined as “other” or “not elsewhere classified” make them more specific?
  • Does the level of specificity of coding vary by condition category?
  • Won’t this level of detail be a burden for clinicians?
  • Are there ways of lessening the documentation burden?
  • How can clinicians be engaged to participate in better data for better patient care?

Registration information will be sent in the early part of October.  There will be no cost to attend this webinar.   Please plan to attend.