ICD-10 transition kick-off

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) have mandated that the health care industry update its diagnosis and procedure code standards to version ICD-10 by Oct. 1, 2013.

While it may seem early to start such a process, the differences between the current version, ICD-9, and ICD-10 are significant and will impact the vast majority of UNC Health Care’s processes, be they manual or via any one of our 140 information systems utilized by our clinicians and administrative staff across all service lines, outpatient and inpatient. The new set of codes includes over 155,000 codes (diagnoses and procedures) as compared to the approximate 16,000 currently in use.

To prepare for this transition, UNC Health Care has developed a Governance Structure inclusive of four Program Sponsors, six Task Forces, as well as a consulting and project management engagement with Siemens e4 Services.  We are currently in a pre-analysis phase, and Siemens e4 consultants are conducting interviews to help us determine the impact of ICD-10 on our organization. The formal analysis phase will kick-off Nov. 28, 2011.  The analysis will allow us to prepare a detailed project plan, budget and associated roadmap with milestones to guide us through the transition. Thank you all, in advance, for your efforts and support in making this a successful change for UNC Health Care.

ICD-10 Program Sponsors include:

  • Allen Daugird, MD, President, P&A and TPN
  • Chris Ellington, Executive Vice President, CFO, UNC Hospitals
  • Brian Goldstein, MD, Executive Vice President, COO, UNC Hospitals
  • Rose Ann Laureto, CIO, UNC Health Care
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