Software upgrades to implement. Training classes to administer. Although your medical revenue cycle management faces several ICD-10 challenges that require tackling prior to the Oct. 1, 2014 “go live,” the biggest challenge may just be keeping the lights on in the months after the deadline. That’s because there’s also the worry about reduced productivity as clinical and clerical staff deploy a vastly different code set for filing claims.

This can result from physician medical billing and coding errors, insufficient documentation and increased payer scrutiny of claims. Denial rates also may increase along with a corresponding increase in accounts receivable days.

“The impact on reimbursement is a great unknown,” said Robert Tennant, senior policy advisor for the Medical Group Management Association, noting smaller practices will feel the effects disproportionately because their business structures typically require that they divest all profit annually through disbursements to physician owners. Thus, their cash reserves are more limited than hospitals or healthcare networks. “They don’t have $1 million sitting in the bank,” said Tennant.

It’s a very real possibility…unless you have the measures in place for assured return starting now.

While ICD-10 presents a clear and present risk to your revenue cycle, however, there are steps you can take now to stay solvent if reimbursement suddenly falters.


Analyze your claims history to determine how many dollars are likely to be at risk.
Look specifically for high-volume (those you use most often) and high-dollar codes that will be put under the microscope.
Understand how ICD-10 will impact your revenue
Claims history report as part of internal audit


What upgrades will they need and how much will they cost?
When can pre-testing begin?


In the next few months, assign dual codes (ICD-9 and ICD-10) to give ICD-10 a test drive to provide practice filing a compliant claim and highlight any weaknesses in clinical documentation. That will help to minimize delays and denials post implementation


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