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20
NOV
2015

Tools for ICD-10 Success

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fountain-pen-writing-successGood news for providers looking for a way to gauge the success of their ICD-10 transition or health-care professionals in need of quick-and-easy ICD-10 diagnostic coding resources: As is true nowadays for every sector of our digitally driven lives, “There’s an app for that.”

The several years of stop-and-go progress on implementing the ICD-10 library gave eager health-focused technology vendors ample opportunity to develop tools related to the transition. Here are two of the latest products worth checking out.

ICD10Central.com

Customers of RelayHealth, the software brand owned by McKesson that provides a variety of financial, management and clinical connectivity solutions to physicians, patients and hospitals, can take advantage of ICD10Central.com, a web-based tool that tracks how well providers are managing their ICD-10 claims.

The site tracks key performance indicators (KPIs) such as denial and reimbursement rates and how many days to final bill and to payment; then this data can be used by physicians, practice managers and health system directors to assess their progress and see how they compare with providers across the country.

The site was designed to allow for tracking trends nationally and regionally as well as by specialty, which is extremely useful since revenue cycles vary greatly. In fact, RelayHealth says it targeted cardiology, OB/GYN, radiology and orthopedics specifically because those clinical areas historically experience the most problems with reimbursement delays and denials due to their complicated code sets. The site even helps providers avoid some of the most common mistakes, flagging potentially generic codes and providing more detailed suggestions.

ICD-10 Charts

This free resource, created by an emerging non-profit medical start-up, is the perfect conversion aide for small to midsize health-care practices trying to manage their ICD-10 transition on a budget. The ICD-10 Charts software walks providers through the conversion in four steps (convert, organize, integrate, train), including a new Training Academy section with 25 practice modules.

Providers can first use the ICD-10 Charts Bulk Converter to migrate as many as 10,000 codes from ICD-9 data to the ICD-10 language. Then the software organizes the information through its Chart Builder application, allowing providers to search, edit, and sort the new codes; during this stage, providers can fine-tune their conversion mechanisms, for instance combining several related ICD-9 codes into a single ICD-10 match.

Once the conversion and sorting steps are under way, providers can integrate the ICD-10 Chart tool, which allows them to print, save, or export charts into Excel files or an EHR.