With almost a year left until we transition to ICD-10, CMS has launched a full ICD-10 Implementation Guide!
The guide provides various resources, downloads and best practices for making the transition successful. For example, the following are a few upcoming steps suggested on the Small Hospital ICD-10 Transition Checklist found on the site.
- October 1, 2013: Begin testing claims and other transactions using ICD-10 codes with business trading partners such as payers, clearinghouses, and billing services (10 months minimum)
- January 1, 2014 – April 1, 2014: Review coder and clinician preparation; begin detailed ICD-10 coding training (6-9 months)
It is well worth the time exploring the site at https://implementicd10.noblis.org/