2) How To Start ICD-10 Testing
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ICD-10 Preparation for Mental & Behavioral Health and Substance Usage Providers
"While ICD-10 is less than 75 days away, you still have time to get ready. But you must get ready now.
Verify that you can use your ICD-10-ready systems to:
- Generate a claim
- Schedule an outpatient procedure
- Perform eligibility and benefits verification
- Prepare to submit quality data
- Schedule an office visit
- Update a patient’s history and problems
- Code a patient encounter
To get started:
- Map out your workflows to help you decide what to test.
- Test any system that stores, processes, sends, receives, or reports diagnosis code information.
- Test your systems and workflow processes using ICD-10 diagnosis codes. You can test:
- Inside your practice
- With vendors, clearinghouses, billing services, and health plans
- Focus on your highest-risk scenarios. For example, claims processing and the diagnoses you see most often.
- Involve financial and administrative staff
- Allow time to address any issues you uncover
If you are participating in Medicare Fee-for-Service end-to-end testing this week, you can find additional information in these resources:
- MLN Matters SE1435 - End-to-End Testing FAQs
- MLN Matters SE1501 - Acknowledgement Testing and End-to-End Testing FAQs
To learn more about getting ready, visit the cms.gov/ICD10 for free resources including the Road to 10 tool designed especially for small and rural practices, but useful for all health care professionals.
Keep Up to Date on ICD-10
Leigh-Ann Renz is the Marketing & Business Development Director of PIMSY EHR and is very passionate about helping practices prepare for the upcoming ICD-10 transition. For more ICD-10 resources, especially geared towards mental / behavioral health, see our ICD-10 Resource Center. For information about electronic solutions for your practice, check out Mental Health EHR.