When it comes to ICD-10, Children's Hospital Colorado is about as well-positioned as any major health system can be in transitioning to the International Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems - 10th revision, set to take effect by federal fiat on Oct.1, 2014.
Faced with a major challenge to both its clinical documentation and its revenue cycle, Children's Hospital's ICD-10 transition team-led by a group of four senior level executives at the top of the organization-has been hard at work for over two years. The Aurora-based pediatric hospital has hit important milestones such as completing its information systems impact assessment and establishing the remediation timeframe among key software vendors. It's now tackling clinical documentation improvements among physicians, implementing computer-assisted coding staff, training its coding staff, and discussing testing scenarios with some of its commercial payers, says Melinda Patten, director of health information management and one of the effort's executive sponsors. (The others include the CEO, CIO and CMO.)
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