icd-10 delay This is a guest blog by Valerie Granuzzo, Associate Marketing Manager of the HealthcareSource eLearning Library Group at HealthcareSource. Valerie is responsible for the development of our educational webinars and marketing programs pertaining to courseware. Connect with Valerie on LinkedIn

Recently, we were fortunate enough to host an educational webinar about ICD-10 with two of the HIM industry’s biggest thought leaders – Angie Comfort and Brigid Flood, both from American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). With more than 25 years of experience between them, it’s safe to say that they know a thing or two about ICD-10. 

Here are a three strategies they recommended for how healthcare organizations can make the most of this extra year to manage the ICD-10 delay:

  1. Embed organization-wide education in your annual education cycle.  It’s important that everyone at your organization, especially the executive team, has an understanding of ICD-10 and the financial impact of not effectively preparing.
  2. Double down on clinical documentation improvement.  It’s crucial that your clinicians understand why and how they need to change their documentation. It can be challenging, but reach out to clinical leaders to get their buy-in. Try to think of ways to incentivize your employees for participating in educational sessions.  
  3. Use the time for coder education maintenance. Assess your coders, look for gaps, and provide additional training. There’s always room for improvement, especially with a change of this scale. Have your coders practice, practice, practice with online case studies, eLearning training modules and by dual coding to ensure they’re up to speed.

Want to hear more of what Angie and Brigid had to say? Watch the webinar replay to learn more suggested educational strategies and tactics, and how the HealthcareSource eLearning Library℠ can help manage ICD-10 education for physicians, CDI specialists, and nurses.
Here are more 30-minute virtual events planned that will provide HIM managers and organizational development staff with information about targeted ICD-10 education options and strategies. Register here:

Valerie Keays

About Valerie Keays

Valerie Keays is the Marketing Programs Manager at HealthcareSource. Valerie is responsible for the development of our educational webinars and marketing programs pertaining to our L&D solutions.