HIMSS 'Playbook' helps providers jump-start ICD-10 transition

HIMSS just released an interactive, web-based resource--the ICD-10 Playbook--to help healthcare providers make the difficult transition from the ICD-9 to the ICD-10 diagnostic code set. The in-depth compendium of papers and instructional materials is designed to supplement providers' existing programs and to help jump-start ICD-10 initiatives for those that have fallen behind.

HIMSS convened 21 organizations to work on the ICD-10 Playbook, including associations, providers, and health plans. The latter include Aetna, Kaiser Permanente, United, and Health Care Service Corp., which operates Blues plans in four states. By law, providers will have to send ICD-10-coded claims to health plans, starting Oct. 1, 2013.

The playbook offers information that is relevant to hospitals, ambulatory centers, physicians, and practice managers. It advises these providers on ICD-10 strategy development, implementation, best practices, remediation, human resource planning, financial risk identification, and risk mitigation.

Specifically, the playbook contains 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.

To learn more:
- read the HIMSS press release
- check out the ICD-10 Playbook 

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