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Preparing for the ICD-10 Transition

With a deadline set of October 1, 2014 for the implementation of ICD-10 we must look internally at our own organizations and see what is happening around us.  Will anyone truly be prepared? That’s yet to be seen but here at North Shore-LIJ the gears have been in motion for quite some time to make sure we are doing everything we can to stay compliant.

How We Are Preparing our Employees:

North Shore-LIJ has over 43,000 employees many of whom will be affected by the ICD-10 change, it is vital we ensure proper education to those individuals. For over a year we have been in the works with our internal corporate university to make sure we are offering the best training and education to our current employees affected by this and those who will be moving into coder roles.  North Shore-LIJ undertook the task of starting a class to train new ICD-10 coders who have had no prior experience in this field.  This free class brought in almost 600 internal applicants which has allowed many to move into a career changing opportunity.

Success Story:

One of the many success stories coming out of North Shore-LIJ is from one of our newer coders, Corinne W.  Corinne took part in our ICD-9 training program for internal employees and has now secured a full-time role as a coder.  I was able to speak with Corinne and find out what made this opportunity so unique and beneficial.

Q:  What prompted you to apply for the ICD-9 training program?
A:  To be honest I never thought of becoming a medical record coder, I would always see the commercials for them but never thought that it would be something I would be interested in. Then one day I was walking down the hallway and saw a flyer, it stated that CDI was giving a full medical record coding class. That’s when I thought to myself this is an opportunity that I can’t pass up.

Q: How has the transition been to a coder? Is it everything that u thought it would be?
A: The transition into becoming a coder was a scary, but yet an exciting experience at the same time. It took me a while to get this fear out of my head and the moment that I stepped into the medical coding department at LIJ Hospital all that fear disappeared. I am so excited each day to go into work and use the knowledge that I learned from North Shore-LIJ’s coding classes and my co- workers. I feel very lucky and honored to be in the position I am today. I am thankful everyday that I am able to work for a company that was able to teach me a job that I can finally say is a career choice.

Q: Where do you see yourself in the future?
A: After coding for a couple of years and learning everything I need to know, the next step I would like to achieve is becoming a DRG coordinator. I want to be able to help and guide a first time coder the way the DRG coordinators at LIJ helped me. There are so many different opportunities within North Shore-LIJ and I couldn’t have done it without the help and dedication of the staff guiding me down the right career path.

Recap:

With clear career ladders set in place as well a support system I am excited to watch as Corinne and the others who take part in this opportunity move throughout the ranks of the North Shore-LIJ and become integral parts of the health system.

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