Now that “2014” is staring us in the face every time we look at a calendar or an incoming e-mail, there’s a stark immediacy to ICD-10. Suddenly, the cut-over date is this year. With less than nine months to go, are your physicians and billing professionals comfortable with your organization’s preparations to enter charges using ICD-10 codes? Or are they anticipating “charge-ageddon”?
If the latter, there’s still time to do something about it. Most PatientKeeper customers already have scheduled their upgrades to our ICD-10 version (8.x) so their organizations will be equipped to charge and document appropriately under the new coding regime. We have plenty of bandwidth to accommodate additional provider organizations that want to give their physicians an easy way to submit charges and a tool that helps them determine, using familiar clinical terminology, the correct diagnosis code to associate with each charge.
While dire predictions abound about what lies ahead for providers (and the U.S. healthcare system generally) as Oct. 1 approaches, we remain optimistic – and fully committed to helping our customers avoid any semblance of “charge-ageddon”.