ICD-10 Implications for Home Health

ICD-10’s Impact on Clinical Documentation.

Recently, there has been a lot of discussion about the implications of ICD-10 on home health, particularly on clinical documentation.  Complete clinical documentation is essential to patient care and accurate selection of ICD-10 codes is an important part of it.

Following are some tips from CMS to ensure that your documentation is ready for ICD-10 before the October 1, 2014 transition date.

  • While your documentation processes should not have to change, you should understand the scope of the ICD-10 transition.  This will help you focus on areas that may need updates for ICD-10.
  • Test ICD-10 from documentation through billing, to ensure that you have all of the kinks worked out.
  • Review your documentation for the most commonly used ICD-9 codes and work with staff to select the corresponding ICD-10 codes.  This helps to reinforce the information to highlight when documenting patient diagnoses for ICD-10.

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