AAPC Client Services Releases Results of 20,000-Record ICD-10 Study

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Data Reveals Doctors Are Ill-Prepared for Implementation

Documentation Sufficienct for ICD-10
Only 63% of providers’ current documentation is sufficient to support the more rigorous ICD-10 requirements.

AAPC Client Services (cs.aapc.com), the industry standard in audit, compliance, and practice management services, has worked with a number of organizations over the last six months to evaluate their physicians’ readiness for transitioning to ICD-10. These assessments included conducting more than 20,000 audits of physicians’ clinical documentation practices to determine how well the documentation will support ICD-10 specificity requirements.

According to AAPC Client Services' findings, only 63% of providers’ current documentation is sufficient to support the more rigorous ICD-10 requirements. Table 1 highlights findings associated with documentation deficiencies by medical specialty (view the full table at http://bit.ly/1btGVP6).

To help physicians better prepare for the transition to ICD-10, AAPC Client Services is introducing a new hybrid documentation and coding audit (download a hybrid sample report at http://bit.ly/GAXWcS).

Traditional chart audits focus on correct CPT® and diagnosis coding for medical necessity. In addition to evaluating these areas, AAPC's new hybrid audit also focuses on diagnosis identification by evaluating the clinician's documentation practices to determine how well it will support the necessary ICD-10 specificity requirements.

By conducting a concurrent review, organizations can be more efficient and cost effective in their ICD-10 implementation efforts.

AAPC Client Services' hybrid audit is based on feedback from hundreds of coders and physicians who participated in the six months of assessments. The audit is designed to avoid information overload by conveying results that the provider can easily understand, and it gives them actionable information they can incorporate into their coding and documentation habits.

Organizations participating in the assessments indicated several benefits of the hybrid audit including:

  •     Builds physician awareness related to ICD-10
  •     Helps organizations target high risk areas through early identification of deficiencies
  •     Creates support and physician buy-in for further education and training needs

Contact AAPC Client Services (cs.aapc.com, 866-200-4157) for more information or to find out how you could benefit from an ICD-10 readiness chart review.

About AAPC Client Services:

AAPC Client Services (cs.aapc.com) is the healthcare industry standard for medical chart reviews, ICD-10 readiness evaluations, and compliance risk assessments. U.S. based teams of certified auditors are assigned to each project based on specialty expertise, followed by a second-layer review with senior audit staff. Decades of experience and a streamlined workflow make AAPC Client Services the most cost effective and time efficient option to augment a provider's internal audit team or fill an important skills gap.

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