Yes, there is an ICD-10 code for burnout: Z73.0. Medscape recently conducted a Physicians Lifestyle Survey to collect data about physician burnout. This year, 46% of your colleagues reported feeling burnout. The most common cause for this was “too many bureaucratic tasks”. The ICD-10 deadline may seem like an extremely stressful, burnout causing, bureaucratic task. However, it doesn’t have to be! PSS has some tips to help make the ICD-10 transition smooth and stress free:
Tip 1: Create your own ICD-10 action plan. Now. Create a series of achievable milestones and put them on your calendar. The ICD-10 transition is 56 days away now. Here are some milestones that you need to do now if you haven’t done them already: assess the impact of ICD-10 on your software (and workflow), identify your ICD-10 transition team, prepare a transition budget and arrange training. CMS has a great action plan creation guide.
Our tips will go into more detail about these goals:
Tip 2: Assess the impact, contact PSS to see if your current billing software is ICD-10 ready. The biggest change to your workflow will be in your software. The first step is determining whether you need to upgrade your software. PSS offers affordable software solutions for all practice sizes. Remember that failing to upgrade now will cost you lost payments in the future.
Tip 3: Arrange training to become an expert in the ICD-10 codes specific to your practice and your specialty. You don’t need to learn 69,000 new codes. Arrange training on the subset that applies to your practice. If you start now, you won’t have to play catch up later. After the training, make a new ICD-10 cheat sheet to replace your ICD-9 cheat sheet. The time you spend now will pay dividends in the future. If you can save yourself minutes per patient, that could turn into hours saved per week.
Is one of those pesky bureaucratic tasks sending out bills to patients every day? Do you have a convenient portal to allow them to pay online? Are you paying one of your already overworked employees to stuff envelopes? Is any of this is adding to your potential burnout (and probably taking away from your bottom line)? Consider outsourcing your patient billing to a trusted vendor: Billflash. This is the company we use to send out our statements.
Please don’t hesitate to contact us for more information about Billfash or about your ICD-10 implementation and training needs.
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