The Big Day is Finally Here
It’s finally here – the day the healthcare industry has been anticipating, dreading and delaying for years: ICD-10 day. Welcome to the new world of more precise, detailed medical coding.
But for some healthcare providers, it’s not really new. For example, Ob Hospitalist Group (OBHG) – the largest dedicated OB/GYN hospitalist provider in the nation – has been having physicians enter ICD-10 codes into its PatientKeeper Charge Capture system for the past nine months, as “practice” for today’s cut-over. (Through yesterday, the ICD-10 codes were translated back into ICD-9 for billing.)
“Our doctors have been pleasantly surprised at how easy it is to find and enter ICD-10 codes in PatientKeeper,” Tama LeBlanc, Vice President of Information & Technology at OBHG, told us. “Physicians appreciate features like the ability to pull clinical terms from picker categories within the diagnosis section, and the ability to type in ICD-9 codes that automatically suggest comparable ICD-10 codes. Physicians also like that they now have a HIPAA-compliant way to communicate with their coders.”
Of course there’s a lot more to managing your revenue cycle in an ICD-10 world than just capturing professional charges using the new codes. But it’s a critical starting point – and, for organizations that planned ahead, something they’re not just starting now.