In just under a year we are scheduled to Implement ICD-10 for all HIPAA covered transactions. This is a significant change in how healthcare business is conducted – but it is not an insurmountable change. With a bit of forethought, planning and education we can make the transition to ICD-10 less painful. In the coming months you’ll find tips and tasks to keep you focused on the transition. After all, you can only eat an elephant one bite at a time!
Learning a New Language
On October 1, 2015 the language of healthcare is changing. This new “language” allows providers, payers and others to get a better picture of the patient and far more detail regarding the reason(s) for their visit.
Learning a new language takes time. Communication between doctor and patient isn’t impacted by the change. You’ll still take care of your patients with the same processes, procedures and care that you do today. The change comes in communicating with third-party payors. ICD-10 allows providers to paint a more thorough picture of the patient, allowing the insurance companies to “see” things that they can’t with ICD-9. This change in communication impacts the inside of healthcare; insurance companies, software vendors, hospitals and doctors. These new codes provide a more accurate description of the conditions encountered.
Over the next 11 months we’ll work to keep the information we provide simple, clear and useful. We’ll work to walk you thru how to prepare for the transition, how to speak this new language and how to find the information you need to keep your practice strong.
Your task this month is to purchase an ICD-10 book and read the introduction. It’s important that you have access to this information. We’ll explore the transition together over the coming months.