Tackling ICD-10 Migration with an Integrated HIM Approach


ICD-10 implementation is one of the top challenges facing HIM professionals today.  Lynne Henderson, Corporate Director of Health Informatics from Spartanburg Regional, says their plan is not to miss a beat. She will share the secrets of ICD-10 training and implementation on Tuesday, October 29th at the McKesson Customer Appreciation Event at AHIMA.

Check out a sneak preview of her presentation below, and then register for the event for best practices from a healthcare organization successfully navigating ICD-10 transition.

ICD-10 Transition: Setting Up for Success

“We understood from the beginning that the scope of this project reached beyond the Coding department and it would be important to have strong buy-in across organization to mitigate risks as much as possible,” said Henderson.

In order to do this, Henderson established a Steering Committee which benefited the organization in three ways by

  1. Establishing a road map
  2. Guiding the implementation process
  3. Gaining acceptance across multiple departments

Although ICD-10 implementation is federally mandated, many won’t see the benefit of the change. Gaining approval from those who are unlikely to see the benefit is critical to the transition and crucial to preventing an initiative from stalling out, she noted.

Henderson also made sure that the healthcare system budgeted for additional coders and consultants as back up during their dual coding and go-live, so their plan would be on track by the 2014 deadline.

ICD-10 Transition: Training

Henderson’s approach to ICD-10 implementation was to focus on in-house advanced training for all coders rather than rely on external consultants. Five certified trainers plus one certified physician will perform all classroom and hand’s-on training, including ICD-coding practice on at least five charts per week.

Training of ancillary staff will continue through the spring and summer of 2014, using both classroom and web-based training.

Creating Efficient e-HIM Environments

As you can see from this McKesson customer experience, healthcare document management software provides the power to transform HIM departments that are drowning in paper. Electronic medical records systems now have the potential to provide improved financial and clinical results. Similarly, AHIMA continues to tackle new healthcare initiatives and regulations.

Join Lynn Henderson and McKesson at the AHIMA Annual Conference October 26-30, 2013 in Atlanta, celebrating 85 years advancing health informatics.

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