Live at HIMSS 13: How to Prepare for ICD-10

ICD-10According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the need for medical coders will increase by 21 percent from 2010 to 2020. Despite this increase, healthcare organizations face handling the ICD-10 transition with a fewer number of coders.

This shortage is only one of the challenges coming with the transition to ICD-10. With many more codes in the new standard, correctly assigning codes and getting the reimbursements your healthcare organization deserves will be an incredibly important part of keeping the revenue cycle healthy and thriving.

As “big data” becomes a more and more important part of healthcare IT, ICD-10 will make it easier to collect and analyze data on correctly assigned codes. In order to ensure coding is the driver for identifying trends and improving patient care, healthcare organizations must rely on new and existing technologies. Computer-assisted coding (CAC), for example, will be a critical part of the transition for healthcare organizations. These applications will automate the coding process, improving the accuracy of code assignments as well as data trending and reimbursement.

Healthcare organizations will also need to connect CAC to other applications and information. Creating 360-degree secure access to information, from paper files to forms to clinical images, will allow coders to make quicker, more informed assignments.

With this in mind, what are you doing to prepare for ICD-10? How are you going to utilize technology to prepare for this transition?

 

Susan deCathelineau

Susan deCathelineau

With more than 20 years of healthcare technology and operations leadership experience, Susan deCathelineau is a leader in providing management and consultant services for Health Information Management, Revenue Cycle and Electronic Medical Record strategies. Most notably, she was responsible for the successful enterprise-wide OnBase implementation at Allina Health, which included the integration with the Epic electronic medical record (EMR) initiative. In her current role at Hyland, deCathelineau is responsible for developing and implementing a global strategic vision, to ensure that OnBase Healthcare solutions and services earn customer loyalty and deliver operational excellence. Prior to joining Hyland in 2006, deCathelineau was director of corporate information services at Allina Health System and vice president of product management at QuadraMed. She holds a bachelor’s degree in health information management from the College of St. Scholastica, and completed her master’s degree in health services administration at the College of St. Francis. She is currently Hyland’s vice president for global healthcare sales and services.

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