October 1, 2015. That's when ICD-10 will officially replace ICD-9. While it may seem like you have a long time before that comes, it will be here before you know it. Making this transition isn't going to be an easy feat for your practice, and it's not something you have a choice in, it's required by all covered entities. While it may seem like a lot of work, the change is necessary!
ICD-10 provides more specific data than ICD-9 codes and better reflects current healthcare practices. The codes will better inform healthcare providers of patient history that will help improve the effectiveness of case management and care functions across all specialties. The new code set is going to help refine and improve health reporting analytics, create more detailed information, increase coding flexibility, and operational processes.
Managing Your Time and EHR Workflow for ICD-10
Seek Resources and Create a Plan
On the bright side, because the deadline was pushed back a year you've still got time to go ahead and get your staff, your EHR workflow, and your office prepared for the switch. You can start by creating a project plan. This will help you establish a management structure and allow you to set realistic timelines and goals.