ICD-10 education now available
On March 5, Providence Health Care Medical Staff received an email from The Commons with invitation to take two online education modules that will help prepare for the International Classification of Diseases, 10th edition (ICD-10). ICD-10 education is available at not cost to every member of the Providence Health Care Medical Staff in Spokane and Stevens counties. Whether you work in the ambulatory or acute setting the videos and demonstrations will help you use proper ICD-10 terminology.
Accounts have been set up for all providers on the PHC Medical Staff to receive training during the month of March in preparation for an April 1 dual coding (ICD-9 and ICD-10) go-live.
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Cracking the Code: why ICD-10 matters to physicians
ICD-10 is more than a new coding system. It will touch nearly every area of a physician’s practice, including patient encounters, workflows, clinical documentation, and compensation and reimbursement.
The biggest impact for physicians: The way you currently document care will not work with ICD-10. You will have to be more specific, or risk claims denials and reimbursement delays.
ICD-9 Sufficient Documentation (Current)
ICD-10 Sufficient Documentation (Coming)
- Fracture, neck of femur
- Chronic renal failure
- Closed fx, neck of R femur, initial visit
- Chronic renal failure, stage 2
- Mild pre-eclampsia, 3rd trimester
We understand that your day is already stretched, and taking the time to learn how to accurately document care for ICD-10 compliance stretches it even further. But becoming knowledgeable now will reduce frustrations and help save you time once CMS flips the switch to ICD-10 on October 1, 2014.
How is ICD-10 a good thing for physicians?
- Determine severity of illness and prove medical necessity: ICD-10 codes will be more specific, and this will help better describe the complexity of a patient’s condition. Better determining severity of illness will help validate services and procedures.
- Grow compensation and reimbursement: Physicians using accurate documentation that supports the increased specificity of ICD-10 will receive proper payment.
- Accurately measure care and outcomes: Being more specific when documenting care will improve data, and that will help us better measure care delivery and outcomes, and where improvements may be needed.
How can you prepare for ICD-10?
Education modules will be available to physicians and providers to complete at your convenience in The Commons, an online learning tool, during the month of March. The Commons, accessible from any computer, will provide modules for Epic ICD-10 education and 52 specialties.
On March 3 you will receive an email from The Commons providing registration and password information. You should be able to complete the education in less than an hour.