Although the compliance date is not until October 1, 2014, it is time to begin planning and preparing for the transition. The following are the questions, along with our response, that you can use in your planning process when speaking with your vendors regarding their ICD-10 readiness.
No. With ZH OpenEMR, your monthly subscription fee covers the cost of the upgrade to ICD-10. With our ZH OpenEMR cloud-based system, you will experience no downtime or interruption to your practice. We will take are of any needed upgrades to accommodate ICD-10.
Currently we do not have plans to have a mapping or crosswalk between ICD-9 and ICD-10. However we are continually looking for ways to ease the transition and where possible provide support to help you ensure quality coding and documentation.
If you have a subscription to ZH OpenEMR there are no hardware requirements due to having a cloud-based system. Any new storage space needed is a part of your subscription and will be handled by ZH Healthcare.
If you are running an on premise OpenEMR system, although OpenEMR has no special hardware requirements for ICD-10, you will need to verify you have enough disk space to handle the additional codes. Diagnosis codes will increase from 15,000 codes in ICD-9 to 68,000 in ICD-10. Both sets will need to be stored.
The ZH OpenEMR will be ready to test transactions for ICD-10 by July 15, 2013
Yes, we will offer training on any of the changes that are made to the system for ICD-10. Please watch for future notices regarding webinars.