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TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE DELAY
Facilities are wondering what positive moves they can make with the delay of implementation of ICD-10.

Now is the time to charge forward rather than turning back. To be able to get physicians familiar with terminology and specificity they will hear about for the rest of their professional careers, the earlier without pressure, the better.

The modifications the docs will encounter over the next year and a half can be easy. With the conversion spread over a longer period of time, it will hardly be noticeable and will not be a distraction. And the sooner it gets started, the less difficult it will be in the long run, when it really counts for billing.

This additional year will enable hospitals to get existing CDI staff trained to use ICD-10, specialty by specialty, disease by disease. This will permit them to learn, assimilate, become familiar and work with this system painlessly with the medical staff and with live charts. It’s no longer for the hospital alone – it’s no longer for the Medicare patient alone. It’s all docs, all patients, all payers, all arenas of medical practice. And the new words are still billable! The worst thing with starting this all now is that you’ll have better information in the charts regarding the patients. And, in my mind, that’s “meaningful use.”

For those facilities that don’t have a CDI initiative, NOW is the time to get it going. Use this 18 months to get the training, to get the support, to become familiar with the processes. And a program that creates true communication between the physicians, the midlevels, the nurses, case managers, pharmacologists, discharge planners seamlessly will lead to best patient outcomes. And that’s how you will be reimbursed for the future – rewarded for best patient outcomes.

We at DCBA can help the seasoned or new CDI teams and, especially, can engage the members of your Medical Staff of all specialties in the importance of being cognizant about any version of ICD diagnosis codes and words for the medical records that can lead to proper code assignment. You have time now. Take advantage of that time.

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