Coding Challenge 9
Preparing for ICD-10 barely made the top 10 in the Journal’s July coding challenges poll. That’s largely a reflection of the more immediate challenges coding professionals have on their desks right now. Without an implementation date, preparing for ICD-10 is likely to take a back seat in many organizations.
However, transitioning successfully to the new code set will take a lot of preparation. AHIMA has been preparing ICD-10 materials for several years now. They are available from a special ICD-10 page on the AHIMA Web site and in the FORE Library: HIM Body of Knowledge (accessible through the MyAHIMA member log-in on the home page).
In particular, the practice brief “ICD-10 Preparation Checklist” (members only) outlines a multiyear plan divided into four major phases. The article “Why ICD-10 Is Worth the Trouble” frames the high-level case for healthcare’s need for a contemporary coding system.