This week, CMS is highlighting different steps to help providers get ready for the ICD-10 compliance date of October 1, 2015. While ICD-10 is almost here, you still have time to get ready. But you must get ready now.
How to get started:
- Verify that you can use your ICD-10-ready systems to:
- Generate a claim
- Schedule an outpatient procedure
- Perform eligibility and benefits verification
- Prepare to submit quality data
- Schedule an office visit
- Update a patient’s history and problems
- Code a patient encounter
- To get started, map out your workflows to help you decide what to test. Test any system that stores, processes, sends, receives, or reports diagnosis code information.
- Test your systems and workflow processes using ICD-10 diagnosis codes. You can test:
- Inside your practice
- With vendors, clearinghouses, billing services, and health plans
- Focus on your highest-risk scenarios. For example, claims processing and the diagnoses you see most often.
- Involve financial and administrative staff
- Allow time to address any issues you uncover