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What to do Now in Preparation for ICD-10 Implementation?

If you have not already done so, here are the steps you need to consider to implement ICD-10:

• Learn about the structure, organization, and unique features of ICD-10-CM - all provider types.

• Learn about the structure, organization, and unique features of ICD-10-PCS - inpatient hospital claims.

• Learn about system impact and 5010.

• Use assessment tools to identify areas of strength/weakness in medical terminology and medical record documentation.

• Review and refresh knowledge of medical terminology as needed based on the assessment results.

• Provide additional training to refresh or expand knowledge in the biomedical sciences (anatomy, physiology, pathophysiology, pharmacology, and medical terminology).

• Plan to provide intensive coder training approximately 6 -9 months prior to implementation.

• Allocating 16 hours of ICD-10-CM training will likely be adequate for most coders, and very proficient ICD-9-CM coders may not need that much.

Source: http://www.cms.gov/Outreach-and-Education/Medicare-Learning-Network-MLN/MLNMattersArticles/downloads/SE1239.pdf

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