ICD-10-CM Application’s Approaching Deadline

ICD-10-CM Application’s Approaching Deadline

Mackenzie Thompson

by Mackenzie Thompson

Life Saver, AMC

posted on Nov 1, 2013, at 4:28 am


At AHIMA’s 85th Annual Convention and Exhibit (October 26-30), in Atlanta, experts will discuss implementation difficulties, successes and strategies. The compliance deadline is less than one year away for ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS. At this convention, judgments on the fundamentals of an effective implementation plan will be shared, including payer and vendor collaboration and related revenue cycle system preparation; training and testing; and clinical documentation enhancement.

“At Convention, the American Healthcare Information Management Association (AHIMA) offers attendees the opportunity to hear from experts on implementation processes and receive guidance about best practices for organizations of all sizes,” said AHIMA CEO Lynne Thomas Gordon. “As the industry’s leading authority on ICD-10-CM preparedness, AHIMA is excited to help all healthcare stakeholders with the transition to ICD-10-CM, a more robust coding system that will lead to improved patient care documentation and granular data.”

The first major step for ICD-10-CM application, according to the presenters, is to obtain senior executive and clinical staff buy-in. Recognition and understanding are critical at the executive level, and careful planning is needed for a successful transition. To assure that the right mix of time, staff, and technological/technical resources are available, commitment is necessary.

“This affects not just hospitals and their physicians/staff, it affects payers and the health providers’ billing systems; implementation strategies must address these issues that affect reimbursement,” said Donielle Bailey, RHIA, ICD-10 Project Coordinator, Rex Healthcare, Raleigh, N.C.

Application includes many challenges including preparing system staff and vendors who are part of the credit cycle, setting up the IT infrastructure with payers, determining how claims will be adjudicate, and more.


American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) is celebrating its 85th anniversary this year, and represents more than 67,000 health information management professionals internationally. AHIMA encourages supreme research and effective standards in health information. They strongly contribute to the development and advancement of health information professionals around the world. Quality healthcare through quality information is their lasting and dominant ambition.

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About Mackenzie

Mackenzie is a lover of world travel, photography, design, style and Chinese cooking. She is passionate about working towards a purpose, recently graduated from Indiana University with a degree in Media and Marketing, and is currently residing in Manhattan.

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