Gearing up for the Big Change to ICD-10?

Healthcare leaders breathed a sigh of relief when the federal government delayed the start of ICD-10 from October of 2013 to October of 2014.  The deadline, however, is quickly approaching and organizational leaders now are realizing that they have just 18 months left before they have to adopt the new coding system. 

ICD-10-CM consists of more than 68,000 codes, compared to approximately 13,000 ICD-9-CM codes. ICD-10-CM codes have the potential to reveal more about quality of care, so that data can be used in a more meaningful way to better understand complications, better design clinically robust algorithms, and better track the outcomes of care. In addition, ICD-10-CM incorporates greater specificity and clinical detail to provide information for clinical decision making and outcomes research.

Changing over to the more robust set of codes is likely to require substantial effort.  The big question: Will your organization be ready? The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is stepping up to the plate with some help. CMS will host the “Begin Transitioning to ICD-10 in 2013 National Provider Call” on Thursday April 18, 2013, 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. EST.

During the call, CMS subject matter experts will review basic information on the transition to ICD-10 and discuss implementation planning and preparation. 

The session will cover topics such as:

* Planning for the transition to ICD-10
* Claims processing
* National implementation issues
* National coverage decisions
* Outreach

A question and answer session will take place following the presentation.

The target audience for this educational session, according to CMS, includes coders, physicians and other practitioners, office staff, medical records personnel, vendors, educators, information system professionals, laboratories and all Medicare fee-for-service providers.

For more information and to register for the call, go to: http://www.eventsvc.com/blhtechnologies.