While many hospitals have yet to seriously start to tackle their conversion to the ICD-10 code sets, Eastern Maine Health System last fall established an executive steering committee to start the ball rolling.

Now, various task forces are working on such issues as information systems assessments, workflow analysis, staff training, and surveying the preparations of software vendors and insurers.

During Health Data Management's Health IT Summit 2010:Wrestling with the Feds, Nov. 14-16 in Chicago, Mandy Reid, coding manager at 411-bed flagship Eastern Maine Medical Center, will update attendees on the past year's work, the lessons learned and challenges overcome, and remaining tasks. During her tenure at the hospital, Reid has implemented a clinical documentation improvement program, computer-assisted coding for inpatient care and a remote coding program. She is responsible for overseeing all educational efforts during the ICD-10 conversion.

In addition to ICD-10, other issues to be explored at the summit include updates and reality checks on the meaningful use incentive program, getting user acceptance of data security technologies, lessons learned from a massive data breach and clinician use of social media in a secure manner.

More information on the summit is available at healthdatamanagement.com/conferences/hdm/.

--Joseph Goedert


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