Nothing will prepare you better than familiarizing yourself with the actual ICD-10 coding scheme and the way it differs (read: granularity) from ICD-9. Make the most of your opportunities to get in, see what the codes look like and get a feel for how they will affect an organization.
How many times have you observed an internal process that was inherently wrong? Now is your opportunity to put changes into effect. Embracing change will allow you to credibly present operational improvements. Start at the beginning and scrutinize how data flows through the organization, how it is accessed and where it is used outside the organization (ie, payments and reporting). Voicing opportunities to improve the process will make you a thought leader and therefore much more valuable to your client.
Spend a few moments each day reading news about the transition to ICD-10. Set-up a Google Alert so the latest articles, blog posts and resources from around the web are delivered to your inbox daily. Share articles with your colleagues and connections so they in-turn can share content with you.
- Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
- ICD-10 Watch
- American Health Information Management Association
The bottom line for our clients is that an inability to accurately and efficiently operate in an ICD-10 world will delay or prevent reimbursement. No organization will be able to survive by being non-compliant.