It provides a free 12-step action plan to help physicians get their ICD-10 transition started.
The plan is one of three free educational resources. You can also find:
- “What you need to know for the upcoming transition to ICD-10-CM”
- “Achieving the benefits promised by administrative simplification, ICD-10 and EHRs”
The AMA's 12-step program involves:
- "Organize the implementation effort" (Estimated time to complete: 2–4 weeks)
- "Analyze the impact of ICD-10 implementation" (2–3 months)
- "Contact your systems vendors (1–2 months and ongoing)
- Budget for implementation costs (2–4 weeks and ongoing)
- Contact your trading partners (1–2 months and ongoing)
- Implement system and/or software upgrades (3–6 months)
- Conduct internal testing (1–2 months)
- Update internal processes (1–2 months)
- Conduct staff training (1–2 months and ongoing)
- Conduct external testing of transactions with ICD-10 codes (1–2 months)
- Implement ICD-10 (Implementation date: Oct. 1, 2014)
- Monitor use of ICD-10 (3–6 months)
Note the last step is meant for after Oct. 1.
But the first step, organizing your efforts needs to be started right away. The AMA plan includes:
- Become familiar with the ICD-10 requirements
- Identify a project manager (See also: How to become an ICD-10 champion)
Identify key personnel involved in the project
Select team members from key areas of your organization, including:
- Senior management - Health information management
- Revenue cycle management
- Information systems and technology
- Medical staff
- Select team members from key areas of your organization, including:
- Set a schedule for project meetings
- Set a preliminary budget for the work
From other sources
Here are some more preliminary tips:
- Involve executive level leaders to help get buy-in from the top.
- Make sure medical staff are represented.
- Maintain a regular schedule.
- The project manager should be the ultimate decision maker in all ICD-10 matters.
- Rely on department representatives to craft communications to their colleagues.
Don't disband Oct. 1, 2014.
- Set goals bigger than ICD-10 implementation
- Monitor productivity
Stay on top of reimbursements
- Remember HIPAA 5010 issues
- Are you getting paid what is due?
The AMA plan makes the ICD-10 transition look doable this year. I will follow up with more posts breaking down the 12 steps into tips. Soon, you will have a good understanding of how to achieve ICD-10 compliance by Oct. 1.