Voices from the Community: ICD-10-CM and You

The Community invited our colleagues in the nonprofit home health care and hospice field to share their experiences and opinions with our readers. First up is Susan Carmichael, MS, RN, CHCQM, ICM, COS-C, FAIHQ. Susan is the executive vice president, chief compliance officer and chief clinical officer for SelectData. She willl present at VNAA's Southeast Regional Meeting in December on the subject of ICD-10-CM implementation. Below Susan shares her perspective on how agencies can best prepare for coming changes.

ICD-10-CM implementation is looming. It is less than a year until go live. More than code learning is on the line. CMS expects at least 10% of all claims to be rejected for lack of coding specificity or for being incorrect. Are you ready?

Many agency leaders have not considered the magnitude of this transition as it impacts  every department of an agency.  Learning is needed for every department. We will be discussing an overview of ICD-10 and also the potential impact on your agency as well as who should be included on the ICD-10-CM planning team and who should be the project manager. We will discuss training needs for your billers. They need to know code structure format. We will discuss why.
Let's have fun discussing ICD-10. It's needed. It's coming. It really is a good thing; just a bit of an onerous learning curve.  That, too can be managed. Planning is everything. Lots of good information for you including a planning timeline handout. See you in North Carolina in December.


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