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Ten-step Process Road Map to ICD-10

February 2012
ADVANCE for Health Information Professionals

By Sally Buta

Editor's Note: This article is adapted from presentations delivered Dec. 7, 2011, during a webinar entitled "Practical Ways to Ease the Transition to ICD-10," co-sponsored by PatientKeeper Inc.

Nobody in the healthcare industry can claim to be taken by surprise by ICD-10. I've been working in the healthcare IT space for over 13 years - since PatientKeeper developed its first physician charge capture product in 1998 - and people were talking about ICD-10 back then. By the time it becomes required in the U.S. in October 2013, ICD-10 will have been used worldwide for more than 20 years.

Yet the number of provider organizations that are at least halfway through their ICD-10 compliance preparations is under 10 percent, according to KLAS Research's ICD-10 readiness survey released in October. So clearly there remains a lot of work to be done by many organizations.

Beyond the CMS mandate, there are compelling practical reasons to embrace ICD-10: It offers better classification; it includes better clinical detail; and it allows provider and payer organizations to do comparative analysis of data across wholesale populations.

Accenture's 10-step Process

At a webinar last month co-sponsored by PatientKeeper, David Gaydosh, a senior executive at global consulting firm Accenture, offered a 10-step process road map to help hospitals organize their ICD-10 transition. Gaydosh said that, to stay comfortably on track toward the ICD-10 deadline, hospitals should be at Step 4 today.

Here's a summary of the process Mr. Gaydosh outlined:

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