ICD-10 Update

Posted on Mar 3, 2014 in ICD-10 | 0 comments

The launch of the International Classification of Diseases Version Ten, commonly known as ICD-10 is just around the corner. Oct. 1, 2014, is the date when CMS will require providers to submit claims using this upgraded system. Because nearly everyone in the health care delivery system will have to adjust, ICD-10 has garnered a lot of interest and in many quarters a fair amount of anxiety. To address some of these concerns from a physician’s perspective, Sutter has provided a number of resources to help smooth this transition.

If you are in the hospital, you can access these through the MySutter Intranet by clicking on RESOURCES, then clicking on the ICD-10 RESOURCES and then the PHYSICIAN EDUCATION link. Recently you should have received an email that includes screenshots that walk you through this process. Once you have followed these links, you will have access to video demonstrations that discuss ICD-10 generally and also allow for specialty specific training. Each of these is about 15 minutes long and is well worth spending time to review. Although as of this writing, these are only available from the Sutter network, they should be available by the end of February through Healthstream.

Healthstream is another source for good information about ICD-10. This site has a number of PowerPoint formatted training pieces that are specialty specific and can be reviewed at your own pace. These can be accessed from any online computer by following the URL: http://www.healthstream.com/hlc/sutterhealth. Your login user ID should be the same as your EHR login. The password is typically your last name in lowercase letters. Many of you may have used Healthstream during our Go-Live. If you changed your password and now don’t remember it, there is a “Forgot Password” link on the site. You can also call the Help Desk at 888-888-6044. If you let them know that you are a physician and not an employee they will be better able to help you. Alternatively, you can send an email to elearning@sutterhealth.org for assistance.

There is no question that ICD-10 will be getting a lot of attention this year. However, for physicians working in the hospital setting, the primary emphasis is on making sure that the documentation in the hospital record supports the increased granularity that the new ICD-10 billing codes represent. ICD-10 is constructed on three axes. These are (1) anatomy, (2) etiology and (3) severity. If these are kept in mind as physicians write notes, much of the more detailed documentation requirements of ICD-10 will be met. Over the next few months, our ICD-10 team will be reaching out to physicians to provide information and tools that can be used now to help in making this transition. The team at Summit includes Drs. Michael Kim, Steve Stanten, Janice Manjuck, Alex Ramirez and George Pugh. More to come.

By William R. DeWolf, M.D.



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