The following excerpt was originally posted on EHRIntelligence.com, on March 2nd, 2015, about ICD-10 testing tips:
"Small physician practices of one to five doctors may find ICD-10 testing more challenging than bigger medical facilities. Luckily, the Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI) released a white paper last week that offers a comprehensive plan for small physician practices looking to begin ICD-10 testing.
The publication targets external testing with payers. Starting in October, payers will incorporate ICD-10 codes in payment decisions and coverage. By performing ICD-10 testing, medical offices will be ensuring that their claims will be appropriately processed once the new coding system is in place across the country.
The white paper goes into detail about some of the risks that ICD-10 testing will minimize. The risks include:
- Claim denials and claim delays associated with ICD-10 coding errors
- Cash flow disruption
- EHR and other software applications’ inability to produce ICD-10 claims
Small physician practices may be experiencing a number of challenges with regard to ICD-10 testing such as few testing opportunities with payers or clearinghouses due to limited number of testing spots, inadequate ICD-10 training available for staff, and scarce provider resources available on ICD-10 testing."