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Failing to Prep for ICD-10 Will Cost You

Rene Letourneau, for HealthLeaders Media, October 7, 2013

His organization is also updating some IT systems and rolling out other new technology tools so it can begin dual coding early next year—that is, coding according to both ICD-9 and ICD-10 sets.

"We are in the process of creating job aids and updating EMR templates to enable clinicians to easily document according to ICD-10 requirements," Burke says. "We will begin dual coding in early 2014 in order to identify vulnerable areas where documentation is not yet meeting ICD-10 requirements."

Along with its staffing, training, and IT plans, Burke says NYU Langone is taking a "multifaceted" approach to testing.

"We plan on performing systematic testing to ensure our internal systems are functioning as expected," he says. "[W]e will also start the process of reviewing the ancillary systems' work flows with end users to ensure there are no major changes to the work flows with ICD-10. Then we will start testing with payers to identify any ICD-10 claims transmission issue [and] make any necessary corrections prior to the ICD-10 transition date. We have identified payers with whom we will be testing and will share data from dual coding."

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