ICD-10 implementation is the biggest data change the US healthcare industry has ever experienced, and its reach is pervasive throughout the hospital. That’s the foundation of a presentation that Christian Omba, ICD-10 program manager for Rex/UNC Health Care in Raleigh, NC, and Tom Ormondroyd, MBA, vice president and general manager of Precyse, will deliver at AHIMA’s ICD-10/Computer-Assisted Coding Summit, coming up April 22-24 in Baltimore, MD. Omba and Ormondroyd’s presentation, “Learn How to Prepare Your Documentation and Complete ICD-10 Education Before Time Runs Out,” will take place April 23 at 10:45 a.m.

Rex Healthcare is a 660-bed private, not-for-profit healthcare system with more than 5,400 employees. “ICD-10 isn’t an isolated event,” Omba said in an interview. “Implementation touches everyone in the hospital.”

One of the keys to a successful implementation, which will be covered in the Summit presentation, is to ensure that staff has a strong understanding of ICD-10 and its impact on their job functions. In addition, challenges associated with the transition must be assessed earlier in the process, so they can be addressed more quickly.

“Understand the capabilities of your people and address those as you’re planning and executing your ICD-10 program,” Omba said. “If you understand what everybody’s doing and how everybody’s doing it, you’ll get a better sense of where you need to apply your resources.”

In addition, Omba said that computer-assisted coding will help in the transition, “but it won’t help you much if you don’t understand what those people’s capabilities are currently and apply the technologies to address specific gaps.”

The Summit session will share some of the challenges that Rex Healthcare has addressed, such as getting physician buy-in, as well as documentation, the impact of documentation, improving CDI process, and applying new technologies. The session will also cover what education needs to be completed before the October 1, 2014, implementation deadline and tips for getting it done in time.