By: Ross Lippincott Vice President Provider and Network Service Operations United Healthcare Group
An effective training strategy takes some work. Add over 150,000 ICD-10 diagnosis and procedures codes to the mix, and you have quite a challenge on your hands. The scope of ICD-10 is reason enough to stay on course with current implementation plans, regardless of the change in the mandated implementation date from Oct. 1, 2013, to Oct. 1, 2014. This delay in the implementation date should be taken as an opportunity better prepare for the code transition including efforts to maximize your training strategy.
An effective training strategy should contain a training plan that encompasses:
- training content,
- targeted audiences,
- associated costs, and
- the vision for outcomes measurement.
A detailed assessment of all training considerations should be conducted, including:
- human resources,
- business processes,
- budget, and
Take advantage of the extra time the delay offers to complete your training strategy planning and to conduct effective and comprehensive training to ensure a smooth and successful transition from ICD-9 to ICD-10.
So what do you think the top 3 things provider practices should be doing now to be ready for ICD-10?
How do you think ICD-10 will affect current dictation practices and the coder/provider relationship?
What do you think the benefits are of ICD-10 to the claims process?