ICD-10-CM/PCS: Implementation year begins with dual coding
According to a December 2013 poll on the ACDIS website (http://tinyurl.com/okwba9a), 45% of respondents expected their facility to begin dual coding in January, and another 17% indicated they expect to begin in April.
“If you have one New Year’s resolution, make it dual coding,” says Mary H. Stanfill, MBI, RHIA, CCS, CCS-P, FAHIMA, vice president of HIM consulting services for United Audit Systems, Inc., in Cincinnati, an AHIMA approved ICD-10-CM/PCS trainer.
Why? Because you cannot improve on an unknown, says Paul Weygandt, MD, JD, MPH, MBA, CPE, vice president of physician services at J.A. Thomas and Associates, Inc., a Nuance company.
“You need to do an assessment today. If you don’t, then you are not going to have any idea how you will perform under ICD-10.”
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