Is Your Home Health Agency Ready for ICD-10?

ICD-10 Coding for Home Health & Hospice.

It could be a challenge for home care and hospice organizations working to achieve compliance by the October 1, 2013 deadline. On that date the ICD-9 code sets used to report medical diagnoses and inpatient procedures will be replaced by ICD-10 code sets.

To accommodate the ICD-10 code structure, the transaction standards used for electronic health care claims, Version 4010/4010A, must be upgraded to Version 5010 by January 1, 2012. Unlike Version 4010, Version 5010 accommodates the ICD-10 code structure. This change occurs before the ICD-10 implementation date to allow adequate testing and implementation time.

While the transition to ICD-10 may seem like it’s far off in the distance, we have already assessed all products for development changes that will be needed to meet this requirement.

While we are committed to providing our customers a smooth and successful transition to ICD-10, your agency should also begin to prepare for this transition. Here are some tips to get you started:

  • Educate your staff. Your staff will need to be experts in ICD-10 come October 1, 2013. Arrange for training and education for all staff that will use the new codes.
  • Review current workflow process; uncover any potential changes that maybe needed.
  • Review all systems currently using ICD-9 codes. This will give you an idea as to the number of areas within your organization that maybe affected by this change.

A successful implementation plan will facilitate compliance across your organization and allow you to immediately realize benefits from the improved data collection provided by ICD-10.

For information regarding ICD-10’s impact on specific HEALTHCAREfirst products and ICD-10 compliance, just call 1-888-563-7016.