The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) requires healthcare entities in the United States to migrate from ICD-9 to ICD-10 by October 1, 2014. This has been referred to as the biggest change in healthcare since the inception of Medicare.
Failure to properly address ICD-10 in a comprehensive, quality, and timely manner, could result in negative financial impacts, unpredictable clinical outcomes, unexpected operational strain, unwanted legal ramifications, and low patient satisfaction. Preparing for ICD-10 migration includes updates to software, staff training, changes to business operations and workflows, internal and external testing, changes to documentation, and much more. Consequently, a detailed and thorough project management methodology is paramount.
In a new white paper for the PMI Healthcare Community of Practice, WPC’s Nolan Rhem outlines six steps to a project management approach to ICD-10. To view the white paper, click here.