The staff at St. Francis Hospital-the Heart Center in Roslyn, NY, recognize that ICD-10 is more than a one-person job, which is why Elizabeth Heller, RHIA, HIM director, and Adelaide M. La Rosa, RN, BSN, CCDS, clinical documentation improvement (CDI) program director, are cochairing efforts.
Coding productivity will decrease at least initially with the switch to ICD-10-CM/PCS. Coders will also need complete, accurate documentation to take advantage of the new code set's increased specificity. So HIM and coding managers need to know how productive their coders are and the extent of their clinical knowledge base, as well as how accurately and completely physicians are documenting.
HIM's management of the patient portion of the Vanderbilt Medical Center's patient portal MyHealthAtVanderbilt (MHaV) may well make it unique, but the approach has paid off, says Anne Dixon, RHIA, manager of medical information services in Vanderbilt's HIM department.
Editor's note: In 2011 we are celebrating MRB's 25th year in a myriad of ways. This month we're excited to release our 2011 HIM Director and Manager Salary Survey Report. Below are a few of the highlights.