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OR Excellence Awards 2015 - September 2015 - Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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3 6 O U T P A T I E N T S U R G E R Y M A G A Z I N E O N L I N E | S E P T E M B E R 2 0 1 5 Your Last-Minute ICD-10 Checklist 13 steps to take before the new coding system kicks in next month. W ith just a month to go until ICD-10 goes live, if you've been hoping for another delay, or lagging behind on your prep work, you should be worried — very wor- ried. The new com- plex coding system is replacing ICD-9 and will be required on all med- ical claims starting Oct. 1. If you haven't made much progress (or have been crossing your fingers that it's all a bad dream), it's time to get serious. With the ICD-10 transition date just around the corner, here are 13 to-do items to help you survive. Identify your champion(s) — or create one If you haven't yet, appoint 1 person — with a backup, if avail- able — as the ICD-10 champion of your facility. This person should be trained and have a good understanding of ICD-10. Your champion can help others troubleshoot problems as they arise and be the point per- son for all questions from staff and surgeons. By having a single per- son ready to tackle any and all things ICD-10, it helps minimize confu- sion and establish a clear line of inquiry and resolution. Identify those likely to need assistance Just as it's important to identify champions, it's also crucial to 1 2 C O D I N G & B I L L I N G 6WHYH6LVNR z CODING CONFUSION ICD-10 is just around the corner … are you ready? Pamela Bevelhymer, RN, BSN

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