Coordinating Your ICD-10 and EHR Software Needs
As you begin planning for 2013, set up a budget and timeline for upcoming ICD-10 transition activities. You will want to be sure you continue to plan to ensure a smooth transition to meet the October 1, 2014, deadline.
If you are already talking to software vendors about installing a certified electronic health record (EHR) system to qualify for the EHR Incentive Programs, make sure your system will accommodate ICD-10 codes, too. If you have not yet selected an EHR system, be sure to discuss the ICD-10 transition with your vendor.
Here are some questions to ask your vendor:
- Will the system be able to accommodate ICD-10-CM and/or ICD-10-PCS code sets?
- What customer support and training for ICD-10 will be offered, and will it be included in the contract?
- Will the software application be able to accommodate both ICD-9 and ICD-10 codes?
If you already have a certified EHR system, check your contract to find out if the ICD-10 upgrade is covered. If your contract does not cover the upgrade, talk to your vendor about options and pricing.
You may want to ask:
- Will there be additional costs to accommodate ICD-10 codes?
- Will my contract need to be modified to include ICD-10 codes? If so, what are the terms?
- Will my system be ICD-10 ready by 2013 so I can begin ICD-10 testing?
- What level of customer support and training is offered? Are those costs included in the contract?
Keep Up to Date on ICD-10
Visit the CMS ICD-10 website for the latest news and resources to help you prepare.
Source: CMS Newsletter