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ICD-10 in 2013: Will you and your staff be ready?

HIM Briefings, March 1, 2009

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The news is out: October 1, 2013, is the deadline by which HIM directors must diligently spearhead the ICD-10 implementation processes at their hospitals, according to a final rule released by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) January 15.

The transition to ICD-10 may be the most sweeping change that some HIM professionals have experienced, and the timing couldn’t be better, says Gloryanne Bryant, BS, RHIA, RHIT, CCS, senior director of coding and HIM compliance at Catholic Healthcare West in San Francisco.

“This is a great moment in HIM history,” she says. “It’s a turning point. As we move toward more electronic medical records and use the computer to help us with decision-making and even computer-assisted coding, the move to ICD-10 is ideal, and this is the right time to move forward,” Bryant says.

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