Obviously preparation for the pending healthcare reforms in the US will be a massive undertaking. In addition to caring for a larger patient base, we’ll all be scrambling to find more doctors, nurses, therapists, and all kinds of other allied medical professionals. It’s going to be interesting to say the least, and just like you, we’re preparing for that side of things at the Clear Medical Agency.
However, before that fun officially begins, there will be a fundamental change in how we code and bill for our services. For those of us involved with healthcare finance, we know that the money to run the hospital or clinic goes through coding (and obviously billing), so when we see that deadline steadily approaching, there’s plenty to be nervous about.
- Coders (and everyone else in your organization that uses codes) will need to learn a new and larger code set
- Coders will now need to go to school and study anatomy
- Your billing software will need to be updated and tested to accomodate 5010
- Coding productivity will suffer just as we need it most
We’ll continue to keep you updated on new developments, so feel free to subscribe to our blog emails on the upper right side of the home page. In the meantime, it’s time to educate your board and all team members that may not be aware of what ICD-10 is, and what the transition may involve.
Here’s a short guide to start with, courtesy of our HIM Circle team:
If you are curious about what our HIM Circle team is doing to prepare for ICD-10, feel free to join their forum on Linkedin at http://www.LinkedHIM.com, subscribe to their blog at http://www.ClearHIMMatters.com, or follow their quickly growing facebook forum at http://www.HIMfacebook.com.