The newest version of the International Classification of Diseases, ICD-11, is set to take effect in January 2022, according to Software Advice, a business solutions company.
Software Advice created a timeline to help providers prepare for the transition:
December 2019: Become familiar with the new International Classification of Diseases chapters and codes.
January 2020: Communicate with revenue cycle management and EHR software representatives to ensure the systems are up to date.
March 2020: Designate a point person to lead planning, assessment and training ahead of the transition to ICD-11.
July 2020: Conduct an audit to determine current performance regarding claim denials and coding accuracy.
October 2020: Create an action plan based on the self-assessment results.
January 2021: Train staff on best practices for coding and claim submission.
June 2021: Continue polishing coding and claims processes.
January 2022: Begin reporting health data using ICD-11.