April 2014
Transitioning to ICD-10 continues

Yale New Haven Health is in the midst of system-wide preparations to make the transition from the old ICD-9 coding system to the new, federally mandated ICD-10 codes for patient diagnoses, procedures and surgeries. Hospitals and other healthcare organizations that do not implement the new ICD-10 codes by Oct. 1 will not receive reimbursement for the care they provide from the government, insurance companies and other private payers.

The new ICD-10 codes are more specific and more numerous – the number of codes for diagnoses will increase from around 14,500 to almost 69,000, and the number of codes for procedures will increase from 4,000 to almost 72,000.

Improved documentation, updated software applications and organization-wide educational efforts are under way. Twelve YNHHS subcommittees are supporting this multidisciplinary, system-wide effort, led by Cindy Zak, executive director of HIM and Coding. Ian Schwartz, MD, Yale-New Haven Hospital executive director of Care Management, is leading the provider education subcommittee that will communicate and train medical staff members at YNHH, Bridgeport and Greenwich hospitals and Northeast Medical Group.

Provider training will begin in April with a system go-live scheduled for May 17. This education will consist of online training modules through Healthstream, short tutorials at staff meetings and a variety of specialty-specific webinars. Detailed training information will be communicated within the next few weeks. If you have questions about ICD-10 or upcoming training, contact Dr. Schwartz at ian.schwartz@ynhh.org.<?p>