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the change,” said Bryant. “Through the
survey, our staff can give us feedback,
such as, ‘Here are the subjects where
Role-Based Model for
ICD- 10 Implementation
Are you an inpatient coding professional at a healthcare provider
organization? Are you a current
student wondering what this all
means to you? Are you working on
5010 compliance at a health plan?
The transition to ICD- 10 is a
significant undertaking that involves
organizing and planning across
multiple departments and teams.
AHIMA has developed an online
role-based model (available at
model.html) to help guide people at
healthcare provider organizations,
academic institutions, and health
plans through ICD- 10 implementation. The model is organized first by
healthcare entity, and then by roles.
Follow the links to find your timetable of milestones and action items.
The model identifies what you need
to do, when you need to do it, and
links to suggested resources to help
you accomplish these steps.
I feel I’m weak.’ That’s better than us
coming in and saying, ‘Here’s what you
need to learn.’”
5. Assess readiness for 5010 transaction standards. January 1, 2012, is
the deadline for all organizations that
exchange coding and billing information to update electronic data transaction standards (Version 5010). Assess organizational readiness for this
milestone. That includes affected staff,
information systems (affected systems,
applications, and databases), documentation process and work flow, data
availability and use, and organizational
capacity (including budget) and other
key projects that will occur during this
6. Inventory processes and systems that
will be impacted. The impact of ICD-
10 will be seen in systems that contain
ICD-9-CM codes. Those include the
DRG groupers, encoding software,
abstracting systems, and compliance
software. The impact to billing systems
will need to be considered, such as the
size of the data fields. The current payment system will need to be converted
to ICD- 10 codes. How will new codes
that did not exist in ICD-9-CM be
All current systems and reports that
contain ICD-9-CM codes will need to
be reprogrammed. How will the legacy
data from each system be managed?
For those systems that transmit the
data to external sources, you’ll have
to verify that the external system will
be able to handle ICD- 10 codes. What
length of time will both legacy and new
coding systems need to be supported?
Will current system storage capacity
need to be increased?