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Health Information Management and Patient Financial Services Team Receive Recognition

June 6, 2016

Littleton, NH - The Littleton Regional Healthcare Quality Committee recently recognized staff members of the Health Information Management and Patient Financial Services departments for seamlessly moving the organization from ICD-9 coding to ICD-10 coding.

ICD-10 is the 10th revision of the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems (ICD), a medical classification list by the World Health Organization (WHO). For over 100 years, healthcare providers around the world have used this classification list to standardize the way healthcare data is collected. This standardized coding of patient encounters allows many subsequent activities to happen consistently and accurately. These activities include billing medical claims, reviewing quality of care and aiding in public health research and surveillance.

Health Information Management and Patient Financial Services Team Receive Recognition
From left Scarlett Denman, Director, Health Information Management & Privacy Officer, Tom Berry, Jennifer Loud, Diana Jackson, Amy Logue-Bedell, Director, Patient Financial Services

The United States made the upgrade from ICD-9 to ICD-10 on October 1, 2015. The move from the ninth revision list (ICD-9), which had been in place since 1975, was significant. The ICD-10 list has almost twenty times as many procedure codes and five times as many diagnosis codes as the prior revision, reflecting the many changes that technology and discovery have brought to the world of healthcare. According to the federal Department of Health and Human Services, this new list aids in the implementation of electronic health initiatives, captures advances in medicine and medical technology, improves data for quality reporting and improves public health research, reporting and surveillance.

The LRH Quality Committee recognized the accomplishment of the Health Information and Patient Financial Services teams as a truly successful undertaking requiring planning, education and testing before the organization was able to convert the coding of patient encounters to ICD-10 on October 1, 2015. These departments spent many months learning how to use the new list and practicing its application in order to make this transition fluid for the organization. Their dedication to a detailed preparation plan resulted in minimal disruption to LRH operations when the switch became official. The LRH Quality Committee awarded the ICD-10 implementation team with gift certificates and expressions of gratitude for a job well done.

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