It’s February 2014, and orthopaedic practices must implement the International Classification of Diseases, 10th edition (ICD–10) on Oct. 1—just 8 months away. By now, your practice should have accomplished the following actions:
- Begun physician and staff training in the new coding system nomenclature and codes
- Identified all practice processes and systems that require conversion from ICD–9 to ICD–10
- Contacted your claims clearinghouse regarding ICD–10 readiness
- Contacted payers regarding ICD–10 readiness
- Determine how you might handle revenue payment shortfalls to sustain your practice
During February, your practice needs to undertake the following actions:
- Completely install any new or updated software required to implement ICD–10.
- Begin testing new or updated software.
- Continue physician and staff training.