ICD 10 Deadline Success FactorsAre you getting started with preparation for the transition to ICD-10 coding, and worried about how to make the transition in time for the ICD 10 deadline? Concerned that just the cost of training will blow your budget?

If so, good news: There are a lot of free resources available to help you plan and make sure your practice is ICD-10 ready.

Here are a few we recommend:

1.  The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) offers a variety of resources including videos and planning tools for both small and larger practices.

CMS offers the Road to 10, an online resource on ICD-10 built with input from providers in small practices.  “Road to 10” includes specialty references and will help providers build ICD-10 action plans tailored for their practice needs, says CMS.

Understanding the Basics
These CMS fact sheets introduce you to ICD-10 codes, explain why the transition is necessary, and give you the information you’ll need to get started.

Communicating About ICD-10

As CMS points out, communication between health care providers, software vendors, clearinghouses, and billing services is an important part of the transition process. They provide tips on how to get the conversation started.

CMS’ Educational ICD-10 Videos

CMS has also developed videos on a variety of topics to help you prepare for the ICD-10 transition:

• Road to 10: The Small Physician Practice’s Route to ICD-10
• Medicare’s Testing Plan for ICD-10 Success
• Converting the Home Health Prospective Payment System Grouper to ICD-10-CM

Finally, you can sign up for CMS ICD-10 Industry Email Updates to receive regular updates on ICD-10 requirements and planning.

2. The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) offers a number of resources including their HIM Body of Knowledge, which provides a variety of articles, forms and other resources.

Among the resources AHIMA offers are:

  • ICD-10 Implementation Toolkit – a full overview of ICD-10 with discussion of implementation strategy, impact assessment, communication, etc.

AHIMA offers a library of CDI ICD-10 documentation tips that focus on the language and/or wording that will provide greater details and specificity of the coded data for a given diagnosis, condition, disease and/or surgical procedure.

3. The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) provides a full range of resources from project initiation through implementation planning, budget development, risk assessment and mitigation and more. One of their more interesting tools is the ICD-10 Cost Prediction Model, which will help providers plan and budget the critical activities required by this transition.

HIMSS ICD-10 PlayBookan overview of what’s required to be ready for the ICD-10 deadline

ICD-10 Initiation & Planning —  Tools for planning, assessment, budget planning and more

ICD-10 Cost Prediction Model ToolThis model is designed to help healthcare providers predict the financial impact of the transition to, and use of, ICD-10 codes. Users can see and change assumptions in the model to reflect their organization’s circumstances.

4. HealthFusion offers several useful resources as well:

With our ICD-10 Daily Quiz, you and your staff can test your ICD-10 coding skills every day in less than a minute. Also, you can use our ICD-9 to ICD-10 code conversion tool to find the right code for any diagnosis you choose.

Finally, be sure to register for our upcoming free webinar, ICD-10 Success: How to Get There from Here. Expert coding consultant Betsy Nicoletti will provide an overview of ICD-10 coding structure, planning, training and more.

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