Ask John Glatthorn about the conversion to ICD-10, and you get a simple answer: “You need an executive sponsor.” Or in his case, five of them. Glatthorn is the project manager for the ICD-10 enterprise initiative at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. The ICD-10 conversion there has five executive sponsors, representing major divisions of the hospital, including operations, finance and IT. Why? The overarching nature of ICD-10 demands it, Glatthorn told attendees at the World Congress Leadership Summit on ICD-10 being held this week in Vienna, Va.

According to Glatthorn, hospitals that oversimplify the conversion to ICD-10 by viewing it as an effort that primarily affects coding staff do not understand the full impact of the conversion. ICD-10 will be required to file claims and be reimbursed.

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