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

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4 2 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 & physical forms, HIPAA disclosure/restriction forms and anesthesia records are in compliance with ICD-10. If this task seems overwhelming for your current staffing levels, consider a freelancer to help update all forms. Get some help We know that ICD-10 will likely slow down productivity. If you have any doubt whether your staff can sufficiently handle expected ICD-10 workloads, start looking for external help now. That can be hiring an extra hand to work in-house during the transition, adding a consultant to help out during the transition or moving some of your cases to third-party coders. Don't wait until it's too late to ask for a lit- tle help. This too shall pass ICD-10 is coming, whether you're prepared or not. If you start now by following the above advice, I can't guarantee that you'll make it to November without a few bumps and bruises — but at least you won't be run over. OSM 13 C O D I N G & B I L L I N G Mr. Sisko (shimcode@gmail.com) has worked in the healthcare space for more than 20 years. He's cur- rently a project manager working for a large healthcare payer in the Pacific Northwest. Steve blogs regularly about healthcare and information technology topics at shimcode.com. He's also active on Twitter as @ShimCode.

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