While some providers and payers may feel that a collaborative relationship with their peers and competitors might put them at a competitive disadvantage or expose weaknesses, I believe there are some opportunities for organizations that take a collaborative approach to their ICD-10 implementation.
The following are some areas of opportunity where a collaborative association of two or more organizations working on the ICD-10 mandate may well benefit:
- Identify tools that could be built or purchased and made available to group
- Identify services for which the group might negotiate pricing for their common benefit
- Share Lessons Learned
- Discuss provider outreach strategies
- Collaborate on and share education and training plans/ materials
- Share staff training strategies
- Develop a list of vendors each participant is using or may use and discuss strategies for vendor interaction, negotiation and compliance
- Share general remediation approaches for databases, logic/processes and reporting
- Identify criteria for validating GEMs, reimbursement maps and development of purpose-built maps
- Share testing strategies
Keep in mind that collaboration does not have to be time-consuming or create risks for participants – nor does it have to be a permanent arrangement. Try it, you may like it.