June 8, 2011

Exclusive: ICD-10 Transition: More Intimidating That Expected Warns Sornberger


EDITOR’S NOTE: ICD-10monitor caught up with Lyman Sornberger, MHA, the executive director of Revenue Cycle Management for the Cleveland Clinic Health System, while he was in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates. Sornberger will present a Webinar on lessons learned in going through the transition.

June 9, 2011---The transition to ICD-10 is more intimating than it was originally perceived to be said Lyman Sornberger, MHA, the executive director of Revenue Cycle Management for the Cleveland Clinic Health System (CCHS).

Sornberger, speaking to ICD-10monitor while in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates, said it was “naïve to think it would not be as intimidating” as it is now in referring to the transition from ICD-9 to ICD-10. He said one of the major challenges they’ve faced was physician and clinical training, noting that it was significant.

He said CCHS is proactively driving the international adoption and locally (in the United States) is encouraging “early adoption” to look at ICD-10 not so much as a mandate but as something that is necessary for cost containment, to improve outcomes and to understand exposure to risk.

Sornberger, who will be conducting a Webinar for ICD-10monitor on Wednesday, June 15, 2011, said the transition to I-10 is “evolving daily and is very dynamic.” He said the Webinar as been designed to express the value added to adopt ICD-10 with a cost benefit analysis. He said the Webinar will also discuss implementation strategy and will stress the provider’s potential exposure.

“We’ve made a lot of progress in terms of strategy approaches and challenges,” Sornberger said. “The transition is significant and costly and it is pretty alarming that many believe (the implementation to I-10) it will be delayed.

“We have taken 1,800 Cleveland physicians through CPOE and EHR and now we are discovering that that they still need more training,” Sornberger said. “The current format around I-9 to I-10 goes from 14,000 codes 69,000. It’s enormous.”

Sornberger who returns to the U.S. on Monday, has been assisting the government’s 600-bed hospital in Abu Dhabi while supervising the construction of the Cleveland hospital in that city scheduled to open in 2012.

Lyman Sornberger will appear on Talk Ten Tuesday, June 14, 2011, 10 AM ET.


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