The American Academy of Neurology is dedicated to preparing its membership for the implementation of ICD–10 which is mandated by the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Regardless of what stage you are at in your preparation and what your role will be, the AAN can assist with this transition.
Track your progress to ensure you are prepared when the implementation date arrives.
Economic Impact Consideration
- Perform an internal assessment of all processes and staff that utilize ICD–9 code sets that will be impacted by the transition. This will identify to what extent forms, technologies and procedures need to be revised.
- One should also develop a financial contingency plan, e.g., secure a line of credit, budget for decreased cash–flow to cover payroll and overhead costs due to possible delays in reimbursement during implementation
- Be prepared for potential delays; as was the case with the HIPPA 5010 compliance date. Maintain the ability to be flexibility with claims submissions.
Budget for training and other associated costs
- This includes physician and billing staff education and compliance
- Internally updating payer coverage policies for test ordering and pre–authorization
- Educate physicians and coders on the differences between ICD–9 and ICD–10
- Familiarize yourself with documentation details to maximize the ICD–10 system and fully utilize the code set
Planning / Implementation
- Ensure the readiness of your Electronic Health Record system for ICD–10:
- Verify all involved parties (including your vendor, payers and clearinghouse) are contractually required to ensure compatibility at the implementation date
- Routinely check for updates from each of the aboce regarding their implementation and readiness for the ICD–10 conversion
The following resources provide information including the basics of ICD–10, guides and updates specific to each payer’s respective implementation. During this transition it is important to keep in mind that payers must also be compliant and incorporate ICD–10 into their policies.
In order to provide neurology specific tools to aid in the transition to ICD–10, the American Academy of Neurology has contacted its membership to find out firsthand how neurology professionals prefer to learn and what tools will help with the transition. Bookmark this page and check back often for updates and new tools as they become available.