"Start Your Engines"- ICD-10 is Back on Track!
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Tuesday, October 14, 2014 10:24 AM

On Aug. 4, 2014, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a rule confirming Oct. 1, 2015 as the new compliance date for healthcare providers, insurance plans, and clearinghouses to transition to ICD-10, the tenth revision of the International Classification of Diseases. In light of this new implementation date, it is vital that clinics take the time to consider the Implementation Timeline.

ACA has developed a variety of resources to assist providers through all stages of ICD-10 implementation.  For example, if your staff is completely unfamiliar with ICD-10, start with ACA's Online Training - ICD-10 Implementation for the Chiropractic Clinic . Schedule a "lunch and learn" session for your staff to take this informative webinar that addresses the transition to ICD-10, from setting a budget to analyzing current ICD-9 use. Billers will especially benefit from hearing about dual billing, end-to-end testing and checking with software vendors. Your staff will gain a solid understanding of the ICD-10 structure, its impact on patients, clinics, the healthcare system and population health. 

If your staff is already familiar with the basics of ICD-10 but still not sure about whether your current implementation efforts are adequate, take a moment to review the "Test your Readiness" questions found in ACA's In Touch article Where Are You on the ICD-10 Preparation Timeline? The answers to these questions are vital to your clinic's success in the transition to ICD-10.

Another valuable resource designed to assist you in staying on track is ACA's In Touch article, The ICD-10 "Game Changer"- What to do now?  This article directs attention to three main areas of the ICD-10 implementation process:  clinical documentation, claim tracking and financial performance.  

Finally, as the clock is reset and your clinic begins to focus on a new target date, ACA has new ICD-10 resources soon to be released. We encourage you watch for announcements of new resources and check our ICD-10 webpage regularly at www.ACAtoday.org/ICD10.

Source:  ACA: In Touch, September 2014