Session Preview: Payers, Providers, and Vendors Reflect on ICD-10

ICD-10 will impact all sectors of the healthcare industry from providers to payers to vendors. HIM professionals can have a role in helping each of these groups navigate the challenges and opportunities represented in the transition to the ICD-10-CM/PCS coding systems.

On Monday, April 16, the AHIMA ICD-10 Summit plenary session “Three Roads, One Destination: Providers, Payers and Vendors Speak Out” will offer important ICD-10 insights from HIM professionals in provider, vendor, and payer settings.

The panel, moderated by Dianne Haas, PhD, RN, from TrustHCS, will explore the impact of the ICD-10 conversion process as well as offer valuable lessons on breaking down silos, improving communication, using technology to address coder productivity, and making faster progress toward ICD-10 goals in the year ahead.

We asked the three panelists—Keith Olenik, RHIA, CHP, from the Cook County Medical Center; Joanne Romasko, RHIA, CHDA, CPC, from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Montana; and Roy Foster, from Cerner—to share what they thought attendees would learn from the session.

Keith Olenik, RHIA, CHP, will share a provider viewpoint.
“Maintaining coder productivity and keeping positions filled with qualified personnel may be a concern,” Olenik said. “Technology such as computer-assisted coding, remote coding, and EHR-supported coding will help.”

Joanne Romasko, RHIA, CHDA, CPC, is providing a payer perspective and emphasized that payer-provider collaboration is critical for ICD-10 implementation to run smoothly.
“We need our providers to be ready ahead of time for end-to-end testing,” she said. “There is a big concern about provider readiness.”

And Roy Foster’s vendor outlook will include a reminder that “some vendors will not be ready and their systems may need to be replaced. Find out their plans now.”

Don’t forget to share your thoughts about this year’s ICD-10 Summit in real time via Twitter. Use the hashtag #ICD10Summit.

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