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Practices Must Engage Vendors for ICD-10 Updates Now

Article offers a list of suggested questions to ensure readiness for the Oct. 1 ICD-10 deadline

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 29, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Practice owners need to communicate with system vendors to coordinate International Classification of Diseases, 10th Revision (ICD-10) updates, according to an article published Dec. 25 in Medical Economics.

Renee Stantz, a billing and coding consultant with VEI Consulting Services in Indianapolis, offers advice on how practices can work with their vendors to be ready for the ICD-10 deadline of Oct. 1, 2014.

Stantz suggests that prior to contacting their vendors, practices must assess all of the software systems that need to be updated, including practice management systems, electronic health records, disease management registries, e-prescribing modules, and code selection software. Key questions include: Is my system still supported? When will you be installing the updates? Is there a charge for the updates? How long will the system be down during the updating process? and Will you test the system following installation of the updates? Additional questions pertinent for Medicare and to ask new vendors are also suggested.

"It can't be stressed enough: Practice owners need to work with their vendors now to make sure that your system updates are done in plenty of time for you to be prepared for the Oct. 1, 2014 deadline," Stantz writes.

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