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According to an article yesterday on the popular health technology site PhysBizTech.com, CMS is recommending that if practices dont currently use a medical billing service, they should consider enlisting one to help them with the ICD-10 transition.

This is a surprising departure for the government site, but a sensible one. As we have noted, the ICD-10 transition may be very challenging for staff who are struggling to keep up with their day-to-day responsibilities in a busy practice, and finding qualified staff is expected to be difficult as the implementation date draws closer.

Specifically, the article stated that ǣCMS noted that if you do not currently use a clearinghouse or billing service, you should consider enlisting one to help you with your transition. Ask other providers in your area if they have established relationships or contacts that they would recommend. Be sure to allow yourself enough time to select the service that best meets your needs and budget.

Another leading website, EHRscope.com, also recommended considering outsourcing medical billing as a transition strategy.

We strongly recommend that you take the time now to plan your ICD-10 transition, developing a timeline for training various staff members, testing, and evaluating whether a medical billing service should be part of your transition plan.

As youre developing this plan, take note of the following set of questions provided by CMS that you may want to pose to clearinghouses or billing services:

  • Are you prepared to meet the ICD-10 deadline of Oct. 1, 2014? Where is your organization in the transition process?
  • What are your plans for testing claims containing ICD-10 codes? How will you involve your clients, such as my practice, in that process?
  • Can my practice send test claims with ICD-10 codes to see if they are accepted? If so, when will you begin accepting test claims?
  • Can you provide guidance or training on how my clinical documentation will have to change to support ICD-10 coding?
  • Do you anticipate any pricing changes for your services due to the switch to ICD-10?
  • Can you verify that you have updated your system to Version 5010 standards for electronic transactions? (Only systems with Version 5010 can accept ICD-10 codes; systems with the older Version 4010 standards cannot accommodate ICD-10.)
  • Who will be my primary contact at your organization for the ICD-10 transition?
  • Can we set up regular check-in meetings to keep progress on track?

If you find that youd like to talk to an expert team that can handle your medical billing during the ICD-10 transition, and also improve your bottom line, contact Medical-Billing.com now.

With over 50 years of combined revenue cycle management experience and multiple locations around the US, we are proud to deliver excellent results for more than 500 healthcare practices through a relentless focus on efficiency, technology, training and measurement of metrics.

Call Medical-Billing.com today at 1-800-966-9270 or email us: pr@medical-billing.com to learn how we can help you.

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