With all the demands on your busy office, the last thing you want to worry about is your clearinghouse or practice management system’s readiness for ICD-10. But because the readiness of your business partners can affect your practice’s revenue stream — and many providers still need to update or replace software to achieve compliance — it’s important to know where Availity stands.

We are well-prepared

Availity is prepared to meet the Oct. 1, 2014 compliance deadline for ICD-10. Our goal is to help you process claims without disruption, so you can maintain a healthy, thriving organization. We have completed all the necessary system upgrades, and we’re aggressive advocates for our provider clients when interacting with our vendor partners and health plans. But we won’t stop there. We’ve formed a dedicated ICD-10 leadership team to ensure your success through the transition. We’re also participating in industry workgroups and initiatives so we can pass that expertise on to you. And through the Availity Learning Center, you can get best-in-class ICD-10 training and education from industry leaders.

Getting your planning started

It is important that you also begin preparing, if you haven’t already. While the Oct. 1, 2014 mandate may seem far off, time has a way of slipping by, and several of the changes will take a lot of time to implement. Consider how much effort is required to establish a transition plan, develop an implementation budget and schedule, conduct transaction testing and train your staff in coding and documentation changes, among other things.

Contacting your practice management system is one task Availity recommends you do now, if you haven’t already. Your practice management system vendor can tell you whether its software supports ICD-10 claims, or when an update will be available that will allow you to submit ICD-10 claims. If your current practice management system isn’t going to be ready to meet the mandate deadline, Availity Revenue Cycle Management is able to offer you discounted pricing with one that will be ready. Just contact us for more information.

Where to go for help

If you are a customer of Availity Revenue Cycle Management, your client account manager is your primary point of contact for ICD-10 information and support. You can expect that we will keep you informed of important industry updates, testing availability and guidelines, and educational opportunities.

Whether you’re a customer or not, our ICD-10 Webinar Series is open to the public through the Availity Learning Center. Recorded presentations of past sessions are available on-demand and live webinars are being added regularly. Be sure to check out our upcoming webinar “Five Things to Jump Start Your ICD-10 Transition.” This webinar is free, and is being offered on June 27, July 9 and July 25.