ADP AdvancedMD has introduced a new Website, called MyICD-10, to guide health care organizations through the transition to ICD-10, the 10th revision of the International Classification of Diseases code set.
To prepare for ICD-10, software used by health care providers, billing companies and insurers will need to support more than 120,000 new codes compared with about 13,600 codes in ICD-9. The new codes could aid data analysis for medical research as well as international health information exchanges, ADP reported.
Announced on May 28, My ICD-10 provides a "trail map" that outlines phases of ICD-10 preparation, including assembling and training an ICD-10 team; identifying, planning and approving new workflows for ICD-10 and the budget required to implement them; and testing new ICD-10 processes.
"We researched implementation information across the industry before we put our guide together, with the goal of boiling it down to actionable tasks that could be completed by most any smaller private practice," said Michael Bearnson, product analyst and leader of the ADP AdvancedMD ICD-10 Initiative, which educates private practices on how to navigate a successful ICD-10 transition. ADP offers cloud-based electronic health record (EHR), practice management and medical scheduling software.
In addition, ADP will post Webinars and news on ICD-10 preparation. The company will also link to resources such as the American Academy of Professional Coders' Online Code Translator tool, which allows providers to compare ICD-9 and ICD-10 codes.
Health care providers and third-party billing services must change over to software that supports the new codes so they can provide more data about patients' conditions and procedures, according to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
In August 2012, HHS announced an extension of the deadline to 2014 to implement the new codes for medical diagnoses and inpatient procedures.
The health care industry has been slow to prepare for the ICD-10 transition, according to a survey of 260 health care providers by the marketing and consulting firm Aloft Group, released in February. About 75 percent of providers were 25 percent or less complete in their ICD-10 preparation, and one-third of respondents have yet to begin their implementation process.
By launching My ICD-10, ADP wanted to help providers avoid disruptions in patient care or the cash flow for their practice, Steve ZoBell, CTO and vice president of product development at ADP AdvancedMD, said in a statement.
Health IT companies such as GE Healthcare have introduced new versions of their EHR software to support ICD-10. GE launched Centricity Practice 11 on Jan. 24 to add a dynamic search engine and online-click data entry to simplify medical billing using ICD-10.
In addition to upgrading their software, health care organizations must also adjust their workflows and processes, according to ADP.
"As we continue toward the October 2014 deadline, this Website will give us the ability to illustrate the changes and enhancements to our software so our clients can consider these changes in their planning efforts and adjustments to their office workflows," Bearnson told eWEEK in an email.
Any health care practice—an ADP client or not—can use My ICD-10 as a "one-stop shop" on preparation for the ICD-10 code set, Bearnson noted.