The entire medical industry is aflutter with ICD-10 news, tips, dates, codes, documents, and even a funny comment or two about some of the new codes (W56.22xA – Struck by orca, initial encounter?!). But really, the information that you need most is answers to these two questions:
- What are the exact things that I need to do to prepare for the October 1, 2015, cutover date?
- What are the exact things that I need to do in order to bill using the new ICD-10 codes?
If you are using OfficeMate/ExamWRITER and plan to upgrade to version 12.0 so that you can bill ICD-10 codes, we have created a short checklist that will help guide you through the ICD-10 transition. It boils down to this:
Before you upgrade to version 12.0:
- Finalize all of your open exams in ExamWRITER.
After you upgrade to version 12.0:
- Ensure that you have set up your personal ExamWRITER preferences.
- Update any custom templates and clinical decision support templates that you created in ExamWRITER that contain ICD-9 codes.
- Ensure that your office location address is complete (i.e., mailing address and nine-digit ZIP code) in OfficeMate Administration.
- Determine when you want to begin submitting ICD-10 codes, if it’s not going to be on October 1, 2015.
Before the October 1, 2015, Cutover Deadline:
- Record all of your fee slips that are on hold in OfficeMate.
- Process all of your open insurance claims in OfficeMate.
After the October 1, 2015, Cutover Deadline:
- Document exams in ExamWRITER as you have always done, selecting eye lateralities and then diagnoses. Yes – it’s that easy!
- There is no step 2! ExamWRITER will automatically code your exams, based on your exam selections, and transfer the codes to OfficeMate fee slips.
Transitioning to using ICD-10 codes may sound daunting, but if you’re using OfficeMate/ExamWRITER 12.0, you are ready!