ICD-10 Project Planning: How to get started

Carl Natale
by Carl Natale

If you haven't started planning your ICD-10 implementation by now, it's unlikely you're worried about the ICD-10 compliance deadline.

Because who thinks this one will stick?

But just in case you see this as an opportunity to get started, you're going to need some project management skills.

[See also: ICD-10 Transition: It's time to hone your project management skills]

Tyler Wallace introduces the ICD-10 project planning concept gently with these three must-have elements:

  1. Task list
  2. Due date
  3. Person responsible

Let's focus on the task list — what needs to get done.  The nine basic steps needed to achieve ICD-10 implementation are:

  1. "Identify Current Systems and Work Processes"
  2. "Communicate with Practice Management System Vendor"
  3. "Communicate with Your Billing Service, Clearinghouse and Payers"
  4. "Communicate with Your Payers about Your Contracts"
  5. "Identify Changes to Practice Work Flow and Business Processes"
  6. "Identify Staff Training Needs"
  7. "Test - Test - Test"
  8. "Budget for Implementation Costs"
  9. "Start Now"

[See also: Herding Nerds: 5 project management tips for ICD-10 implementation]