ICD 10 — 3 Productivity Tips for Medical Coders

A month away from now, ICD-10 implementation will become official and all indications suggest that October 1 will be the day that finally matters for the code set conversion. It has been a long time coming and now that the deadline is closing in quickly, the persistent question remains: Exactly how ready are providers for ICD-10?

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The following is an excerpt from Tom Sullivan, Editor-in-Chief of Healthcare IT News.

Among the concerns that the mandated transition to ICD-10 brings is a widespread expectation that medical coders will essentially drop off a cliff, productivity-wise, once the compliance deadline arrives. ICD-10’s greater specificity and more numerous codes, the thinking goes, will make it trickier and more time consuming for physicians and clinicians to find exactly what they need.

To that end, the American Health Information Management Association, in a Journal of AHIMA article, offered three tactics for maintaining productive coding after Oct. 1, 2015, and while these may seem obvious they are nonetheless worth considering if you’ve not already.

1. Training. “This is not just a one-day or week intensive education session,” AHIMA explained. Instead, healthcare entities should provide coders continuous opportunities to practice ICD-10; dual-coding is one option. “It may not be practice to dual-code every chart but even just a couple charts per day is better than nothing at all.”

2. Hire more coders. No one said ICD-10 was going to be easy – or inexpensive. Maintaining the same level of coding productivity you had with ICD-9 might demand more manpower. AHIMA recommends two places to look for new hires: contract coding companies and community college programs accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education.

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