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OR Excellence Awards 2015 - September 2015 - Subscribe to Outpatient Surgery Magazine

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3 8 O U T P AT 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 know who'll need extra help after the transition. Rank the physicians and any other employees involved with ICD-10 according to their knowledge and willingness to help others. To help you determine how well a physician will pick up on the new system, look to the quality of the doctor's current operative documentation. Ranking staff and physicians in this way helps you know ahead of time who'll need extra training and who those people can turn to for help. Focus, focus & focus some more ICD-10 will not affect every facility in the same way. While sur- gery as a whole will be greatly impacted by the switch, orthopedics will face more significant ICD-10 challenges than some other special- ties. If you know that one of your specialties will be greatly impacted — or that your bread-and-butter procedures will require major coding changes — consider focused training in these areas to reduce the risk to your revenue cycle. If you haven't started training, look to other options If your coders aren't trained in ICD-10 by now, it's probably time to turn to outside resources. Outsourcing your coding can make sure your current cases are coded while your internal staff catches up. Start researching and contacting companies ASAP — more will become unavailable as we get closer to implementation. Take advantage of online tools Spend some time researching ICD-10 this month. There's a plethora of advice, services and tools available to assist you with ICD- 10 readiness. A quick web search can reveal hundreds of free web- sites, books and articles focused on ICD-10. There's no excuse not to have a good understanding of best practices, coding guidance, metrics 3 4 5 C O D I N G & B I L L I N G

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