Columbia University Medical Center

Physician-Led ICD-10 Kick-Off Set for March

capitolhillThe Quality Division is seeking physician leaders from each department to participate in training and optimization efforts for the physician-led ICD-10 kick-off in March. The division is scheduling meetings with all department chairs to identify the most frequently billed ICD-9 codes where there is ambiguity in the expanded ICD-10 lexicon. With input from each department, the Quality Division has begun to create customized ICD-10 toolkits for chairs. Department chairs are asked to identify departmental champions for ICD-10; contact ColumbiaDoctors’ chief operating officer Rosalie Long.

According to Aren Laljie, the faculty practice’s chief financial officer, much progress has been made in the key areas of ICD-10 planning, such as education, information technology, system upgrades, and testing, but there are “still some gaps and areas of concern that require further dialogue and decision-making.”

The ICD-10 implementation date of Oct. 1, 2015, is expected to hold firm. The House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee’s subcommittee on health held a hearing on the transition to ICD-10, and most panelists supported maintaining the deadline, which has been delayed several times.The most recent project dashboard for ICD-10 depicts the areas where gaps still exist, including coding, auditing, and documentation.