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Are You Making Sure You Are Good Enough Now Before ICD 11 Comes At You Like A Ton Of Bricks? Streamline Your ICD 10 Coding So You Are Prepared.

Coding AccuracyRemember when ICD 10 coding hit?  Wow, what a huge change for clinical as well as coding staff.  Since the industry is not far away from ICD 11, make sure your ducks are in a row now.  Functioning well in ICD 10 coding will make everything easier for the transition.

What? ICD 11?:

ICD 11 is the next update from the World Health Organization in diagnosis coding.  It has been years in the making.  The timeline for implementation is January, 2022.  This may seem like forever away, but the industry is almost a year into the new COP’s.  It is just around the corner.  It is important to look ahead to what is coming with the changes in the coding system to know how it will impact your agency.

Are You Good With ICD 10 Coding?:

We have spent a significant amount of time writing about the importance of doing ICD 10 coding right. Coding and documentation are important from a regulatory standpoint, but the financial is just important.  Your agency should never leave money on the table for the care you provide.  You earn those dollars.  If your documentation is there and you don’t code properly, you can easily lose hundreds of dollars per episode.  Claim the money your agency is entitled to receive.  Now, if you don’t know whether or not you are on target this way, you need to find out.

How To Evaluate:

There are many ways to keep your agency up-to-date on in-house coding practices and here are just a few:

  • Provide ongoing education including resources to your coding staff
  • Do a side-by-side comparison with staff coders with an outside source
  • Certify your coding staff
  • Tighten your documentation guidelines with clinical staff; make sure all clinical data is there
  • Educate clinical staff on coding where coding guidelines and clinical documentation meet; Connect those dots in a clear way

What If You Currently Outsource?

The guidelines on being up-to-date don’t change regardless of whether or not coding is done by your staff.  Your outsourced coding provider should be able to communicate what resources are used to keep coders functioning at a top-notch level.  Side-by-side comparisons are still a good thing.  It is not uncommon to see that one type of service is not equivalent to another.  You may think your provider is doing well only to see you are not getting your money’s worth.  Your documentation guidelines to staff still need to be clear and the dots connected.  If you do not see clinical documentation improve with coding and Oasis review, then internal education is needed.

Kenyon HomeCare Consulting Can Be Your Help!:

At Kenyon Homecare Consulting, we can be your side-by-side comparison or your full coding and billing provider.  You may just want additional teaching online to staff from the coders that connect the dots between clinicians on a daily basis.  Call us at 206-721-5091 or contact us online today to see how we can help make sure your ICD 10 coding is ready to move forward when it is time for ICD-11!

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