ICD-10: Ready or not …

At the recent HIMSS conference in Las Vegas I attended the symposium on ICD-10. Even though the deadline has been extended and the jury is still out on whether a delay is a good thing or not, it still looms as a very expensive, all-facility encompassing project that hospitals and all healthcare facilities must address.

NEMT CEO Linda Sullivan


Sue Bowman, RHIA, CCS, Director of Coding Policy and Compliance for AHIMA, said (and I paraphrase) that ICD-10 is an opportunity to synchronize multiple initiatives to improve patient care. Those multiple initiatives include but are not limited to hospital-acquired conditions, payment reform, fraud prevention and detection, quality reporting and research.

A comparison was made between the recent transition to HIPAA Version 5010 and transitioning to ICD-10. The general consensus seemed to be that 5010 affected perhaps 20 percent of the workflow of the hospital, being a revenue cycle project only. It is believed that ICD-10 will impact something in the vicinity of 80 percent of departments in hospitals.

Beyond the fact that proper planning and preparation are critical, as they are with any major undertaking, one of my biggest take-aways from the symposium is that a huge piece of the transition will be about training and clearly it’s training at many different levels, beginning with the physicians.

ICD-10 is going to be a huge leap for US healthcare facilities. It will not be an easy transition – it will be accomplished with more success in some facilities than others – planning, training, implementation and follow-up all being key – but it will come and it will have an enormously positive impact on patient care as we move into the next decade.

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2 Responses to ICD-10: Ready or not …

  1. Jill says:

    I am interested in learning more..Please fill me in on some more sites I may research.

  2. Jill:

    I think the best place to start is at AHIMA.org. Beyond that I’m in the process of preparing a White Paper which you may find helpful around this. I’d be happy to address any specific questions you have to the best of my ability.

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