HIMSS Introduces ICD-10 PlayBook and G7 Advisory Report

May 25, 2011--With ICD-10, healthcare providers will be using more than 68,000 medical billing codes compared to 14,000 in the ICD-9 system 

Working with more than 20 contributing  participating organizations, HIMSS introduces theICD-10 PlayBook, a web-based resource with updated and interactive information to help healthcare providers understand, and follow, the necessary steps to meet ICD-10 deadlines.  Twenty-one participants from the nation's largest associations, healthcare providers, health plans and others met in April at the HIMSS G7 Roundtable to discuss and design this new initiative as an online resource that will help educate healthcare providers on ICD-10 transformation. The Vanderbilt Center for Better Health facilitated the meeting in Nashville, Tenn., resulting in the G7 Advisory Report - ICD-10 PlayBook

Collaboration for ICD-10 PlayBook: The range of cross-industry groups that developed the ICD-10 PlayBook includes HIMSS task forces, leading associations across providers and health plans, commercial banks, work force solutions, health information technology IT vendors and others, making it a robust, information-rich and unique high value offering that is freely accessible. The ICD-10 PlayBook will primarily assist healthcare providers; however, other audiences will greatly benefit, such as health plans and banks.

"The ICD-10 PlayBook is comprehensive and has some degree of relevance to every healthcare setting. It can be used to supplement existing plans or to help jumpstart ICD-10 planning for those whose efforts may be a little delayed," said Dwan Thomas Flowers, MBA, RHIA, CCS, member of the HIMSS ICD-10 Task Force and Senior Special Project Manager, and AHIMA-approved ICD-10-CM/PCS Trainer, with the Mayo Clinic's Revenue Cycle Services in Jacksonville, Fla.  "Generated from the valuable input of multiple industry leaders, the tool is intended to be dynamic. HIMSS anticipates feedback from the ICD-10 PlayBook community so content grows and changes commensurate with the industry's needs."
 Table of Contents: The Playbook is organized by topic; current topic areas include:   

  • Initiation  
  • Planning  
  • Implementation
  • Go-Live  
  • Post Go Live Monitor, and
  • Control and Closure. 

The PlayBook also includes ICD-10 project plan templates, handouts from ICD-10 sessions at HIMSS11 and links to industry webinars and events focused on preparing for ICD-10. In addition, a Frequently Asked Questions section offers details on ICD-10 information and resources available on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services website.

"We work with clients every day on the change from ICD-9 to ICD-10 and it's clearly not just a technology issue. This change impacts staff, processes and systems across an organization," says Kenn Beckwith, Director of Strategic Accounts for Experis' Healthcare Practice. "That's why the PlayBook is so important. It provides a multi-faceted view of a complex issue, helping organizations optimize their processes and mitigate the risks inherent in the transition."

With ongoing updates on relevant information and announcements, the ICD-10 PlayBook can help simplify the process, better prepare for systems testing, and thus, be ready to meet the ICD-10 deadline.

"Now is the time to begin the ICD-10 transition process to meet Oct 1, 2013, deadline for conversion to this new coding system," said Juliet A. Santos, MSN, CCRN, FNP-BC, Senior Director, Business Centered Systems, HIMSS. Santos explained the PlayBook, which contains a list of all contributors, will continuously be updated with relevant information. "Understanding what's involved to make this transition and testing the system before the go-live date are crucial to success.  It's imperative to identify possible financial risks and mitigation strategies as well as addressing work force issues early.  In order to meet the deadline and have time to fix the wrinkles in your systems, HIMSS and our participating organizations have a unified message to healthcare providers:  start the planning process now."
Access the ICD-10 PlayBook on the HIMSS website.

Read Ms. Santos' post on the HIMSS Blog.

HIMSS is a cause-based, not-for-profit organization exclusively focused on providing global leadership for the optimal use of information technology (IT) and management systems for the betterment of healthcare. Founded 50 years ago, HIMSS and its related organizations have offices in Chicago, Washington, DC, Brussels, Singapore, Leipzig, and other locations across the United States. HIMSS represents more than 35,000 individual members, of which more than two thirds work in healthcare provider, governmental and not-for-profit organizations. HIMSS also includes over 520 corporate members and more than 120 not-for-profit organizations that share our mission of transforming healthcare through the effective use of information technology and management systems. HIMSS frames and leads healthcare practices and public policy through its content expertise, professional development, and research initiatives designed to promote information and management systems' contributions to improving the quality, safety, access, and cost-effectiveness of patient care. To learn more about HIMSS and to find out how to join us and our members in advancing our cause, please visit our website at www.himss.org.  

Joyce Lofstrom
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