Consider Your Processes
Your current workflow may need to be adjusted once ICD-10 is implemented. Beyond conforming to a new code set, this is an ideal opportunity to address inefficiencies in the way your facility conducts business. For example, this might be an ideal time to consider moving to en Electronic Health Record system or adopt Clinical Documentation Improvement software. Consider the entire process of patient care, from making an appointment through billing, and take this chance to improve business practices wherever you see potential. You may find that you will save time, reduce risks and provide improved care to your patients.
Regardless of whether or not the ICD-10 implementation date is postponed (and there is no guarantee it will be, despite current sentiments) now is the time for every healthcare organization to look at its preparation level. Whether in 2013 or later, ICD-10 will change the way you do business, and you should take this opportunity to review your documentation procedures and create an action plan to ensure that you are ready for this fundamental change. Healthcare providers are well aware that prevention is the best medicine, and ICD-10 is a prime opportunity to enjoy the benefits of being proactive.
Deborah Grider is a Senior Manager with Blue and Company, LLC in Indianapolis, Indiana with over 30 years of experience in coding, reimbursement, practice management, billing compliance, accounts receivable, revenue cycle management, and compliance across many specialties. Her specific areas of expertise include medical documentation reviews, accounts receivable analysis and coding and billing education. She holds the following certifications: CPC, CPC-I, CPC-H, CPC-P, CPMA, CEMC, COBGC, CPCD, and CCS-P.
She has provided testimony for the National Committee on Health Care Vital Statistics on ICD-10 implementation and is considered an ICD-10 expert in the country. She developed the education and training for ICD-10 Implementation for Physicians and Payers for the American Academy of Professional Coders, and the ICD-10 Implementation Training for the Indiana Hospital Association. She served in 2009-2012 on the ICD-10 Stakeholders Committee in Washington, DC advising CMS and HHS of the challenges with ICD-10 Implementation.
Ms. Grider is the author of many coding publications for the American Medical Association including Principles of ICD-9-CM Coding, Coding with Modifiers and Medical Record Chart Auditor. She is also the author of the ICD-10-CM Implementation Guide, Making the Transition Manageable, Principles of ICD-10-CM and the Principles of ICD-10-CM Workbook. She holds multiple certifications with the American Academy of Professional Coders as well as the CCS-P credential with the American Health Information Management Association. Her professional affiliations include: the American Academy of Professional Coders, the Indianapolis Chapter of the American Academy of Professional Coders of which she was the founder and President from 1996-2003; past President of the American Academy Professional Coders National Advisory Board; member of the American Health Information Management Association, Healthcare Finance Management Association, and the Workforce for Electronic Data Interchange. Ms. Grider was named one of the Top 10 Health Information Management Professionals in 2009.