Practices that have any hope of keeping up with ICD-10 implementation guidelines should heed the many warnings and pursue end-to-end testing to make sure they are ready. But those with little to no experience in testing will find that it is still important to avoid reputation to keep up-to-date, and one healthcare professional suggests that it is even more crucial in the wake of last year's deadline delay.
FierceHealthIT spoke to the ICD-10 project manager for Nash Health Care in North Carolina, Ken Kilmer, about starting the testing process and how it compares to the similarly-minded CMS testing protocol of the past. He also said that the delay last year makes a speedy testing response even more important for reimbursement later on.
Although Kilmer said that the process of ICD-10 testing was difficult, he also said that it was a constructive experience that lay the groundwork for future modernization plans.
"Each time we go through new testing, we find out a little piece that we maybe hadn't identified before that we need better documentation for," Kilmer said. He added that they "found a lot of opportunities to add detail to the plan. There were steps that we thought we knew how to execute that we really didn't know how to complete."
The official CMS website is still urging practices to instigate end-to-end testing if they haven't already. Not only do health plans need to follow these rules, they also have to be able to present documentation of their performance to the authorities and prove that they tested correctly.
To make sure that they are proceeding by the latest standards, medical entities should reach out to healthcare consulting companies and make an effort to improve their current testing protocol.