While every medical practice should consider healthcare coding and consulting services to help them meet the upcoming ICD-10 guidelines, there are other ways to make sure that the process is less difficult for the medical community as a whole. Once you've found the healthcare coding and consulting services necessary to assist in preparation, your practice should consider ways it can transfer what it has learned to other professionals still struggling to cope.
This is what Jennifer Bresnick suggests in a new EHR Intelligence article that cites a recent AHIMA survey. Because a majority of providers still have to work to understand proper testing protocol, the ones that have managed this successfully do everyone a favor by setting a standard.
Bresnick says that reaching out to communicate with peers helps reinforce the basic principles of ICD-10 by making it about the greater healthcare system as a whole.
She calls ICD-10 conversion "an endurance race for the entire industry, not an individual event with a gold medal at the end. Every member of the care continuum, from payers to vendors to patients, stands to be impacted by a failure to make the great leap, so it's in each provider's best interest to ensure that October 1, 2015, isn't a date to be feared."
According to the study that Bresnick cites, many practices won't even be able to start testing until next year. This is just one reason why hospitals that are already undergoing testing or have even completed it should take initiative to see what they can do to inspire others within their network to do the same. With this taken care of, participating practices could notice more adherence to codes generally.