Healthcare organizations seeking help with ICD-10 preparation, can find the necessary expertise with HFS Consultants' (HFS) highly regarded AHIMA Approved ICD-10 CM/PCS trainers.
HFS, a management, financial, operational, regulatory, and strategic planning healthcare consulting company, offers extensive ICD-10 industry knowledge and has participated in the development of ICD-10-CM/PCS implementation plans for several providers.
HFS's AHIMA Approved ICD-10 CM/PCS trainers with the firm's Revenue Cycle Management practice area are Judith Holloway, Leslie Hunt, Amanda Varanasi, and John Folger. They have been providing on-site ICD-10 training with several hospital and healthcare organizations, providing education to physicians, coders and HIM personnel.
"We develop ICD-10 in-depth training and education programs," says HFS Principal, Gwynn Smith. "We assess organizational needs by conducting gap analyses, analyzing the financial impact of the conversion to the new coding system, and training providers and coders on the proper use and applications of ICD-10-CM/PCS, including the required level of specificity for clinical documentation to meet the ICD-10 implementation October 15, 2015 deadline."
HFS advises physicians to take time now to plan ahead with educational sessions that address the broad documentation concepts new in ICD-10-CM. Coders should currently be completing their background education. The amount of practice coding required is dictated largely by the complexity of the cases dealt with.
The following ICD-10 to-do list provides a guide to assist healthcare organizations with meeting the October 2015 deadline:
- Familiarize staff with ICD-10 code set
- Ensure adequate policies and procedures exist for maintaining and updating patient problem lists
- Practice coding scenarios
- Transition forms and processes
- Prepare referral partners for transition
- Ensure proficiency of coders
- Code sample claims
- Identify re-training needs