As worrisome as the final deadlines for use of ICD-10 codes are, it's time to devote significant resources to getting ready for them.
Belittled in some quarters as a make-work, vendor-enriching government regulation, ICD-10 actually gets right to the heart of improving the quality of care.
Don't take my word for it, even if you read my recent story in HealthLeaders magazine. Listen to Sharon Korzdorfer, director of information management at St. Luke's Hospital of Kansas City.
St. Luke's is a not-for-profit, acute-care, tertiary academic teaching institution with more than 600 beds. It is one hospital out of an 11-hospital health system. Eight of the facilities run McKesson EMRs, and the three critical-access hospitals use CPSI, a platform designed specifically for critical access hospitals, with a completely different billing process to McKesson's.