To help you prepare for ICD-10, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has released new checklists and timelines for small and medium provider practices, large provider practices, small hospitals, and payers. These resources are designed to give you a high-level understanding of what the ICD-10 transition requires and how your ICD-10 preparations compare with recommended timeframes.
Checklists: The checklists offer easy-to-understand lists of tasks that CMS recommends completing before the October 1, 2014, ICD-10 deadline. Each task also includes an estimated timeframe, allowing you to plan based on your current progress. Depending on your organization, you may be able perform some of the tasks on a compressed timeline or at the same time as other tasks.
Timelines: The timelines are an at-a-glance resource for getting a sense of how your transition is moving forward. The timelines provide a visual guide to key transition activities by phase.
You can use the checklists and timelines to identify where you need to focus your efforts. Then you can consult the more in-depth ICD-10 resources available on the CMS website.
Keep Up to Date on ICD-10
Visit the CMS ICD-10 website for the latest news and resources to help you prepare for the October 1, 2014 deadline. Additionally, HCAF will present The Art of ICD-10 Coding: Prepping the Canvas for a New Landscape on May 3 in Fort Lauderdale with Sparkle Sparks. HCAF is also offering monthly continuing education workshops to help your agency prepare for ICD-10 by focusing on 1-2 specific chapters in each session to learn the organization of the ICD-10 chapter(s), unique features of ICD-10 utilized in that chapter, chapter specific guidelines, major changes from ICD-9 coding seen in that topical area, and highlight diagnoses more likely to be used in home health.
For additional practical transition tips:
- Read recent ICD-10 email update messages
- Access the ICD-10 continuing medical education modules developed by CMS in partnership with Medscape