December 19, 2012

Twas Two Years Before ICD-10

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EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is the script from Denny Flint’s appearance on Talk Ten Tuesday on Tuesday of this week.

I just got back from visiting six cities in 12 days. While the view from the road is laps ahead of where we were this time last year when it comes to understanding ICD-10 isn’t going away, there still exist organizations that think ICD-10 is just an IT issue and that their EHR is going to be the magic ICD-10 potion.

For those who are still watching from the sidelines, 2013 is the year to finally get ready to get ready, stand by to stand by, and prepare to prepare. In my last segment of the year, I wanted to issue a cautionary note as one last attempt at motivating the remaining naysayers. In keeping with this Tuesday’s theme, we need more levity as we head into the last of the holiday season. My apologies in advance to Clement Clark Moore who wrote a great poem way back in 1822.

 

Twas two years before ICD-10, when all through the towns

Not a practice was preparing, apathy knew no bounds

Resolve was hung up by the “We who don’t care”

In hopes that more delays, soon would be there

 

The providers were nestled all snug in their beds

While visions of sugar-coated denial danced in their heads

Mamma manager in her kerchief, coders and billers in their caps

Had just settled their brains, that this would all be dumped in their laps

 

When out of the blue, there arose such a clatter.

The staff exclaimed, “Hey Doc, this stuff really matters!

Embrace the awareness. Fly like a flash.

Tear open those code books and stop documenting like trash!”

 

The moon on the breast of the newly steadfast

Gave the luster of mid-day to ICD-10’s cold blast.

When, what to their wondering eyes should appear,

But an organized team, with 8 pros near and dear.

 

With a little old consultant, so lively and quick

They knew in a moment, it must be St. Slick.

More rapid than eagles, his coursers they came

And he whistled, and shouted, and called them by name

 

“Now Charter, now Gap, now Payer and Documentation

On Budget, on Training, on IT and Communication

To the top of the hospital, to the top of the hall

Now bill away, bill away, bill away all”

 

As dry leaves that before the wild hurricane fly

When they meet with an obstacle mount to the sky

So up to the task the team they flew

Armed with chart audits and reporting, St. Slick too

 

And then in the tinkling, I wrote this poem as a goof

Despite rap songs and jokes, the docs were still a little ICD-10 aloof

RAC audits, Meaningful Use, all these changes are tough

Now the government is saying, “Turn your head and cough”

 

St. Slick was dressed all in pinstripes, from his head to his foot

That his tie was coordinated, really is moot

Ok…it’s a stretch, to carry that rhyme

But like ICD-10, this poem was procrastinated and there wasn’t much time

 

A bundle of plans for the ICD-10 attack

St. Slick worked hard for the practice, he had the doctors back

His eyes how they twinkled, his dimples how merry

The doctors finally were listening. ICD-10’s tune they would carry

 

They wrote the right words, they went straight to work

And filled their charts completely, a special coder’s perk

The transition went smoothly, the staff trained and steady

As October 2014 drew near, everybody was ready

 

St. Slick sprang to his rental car, to his team gave a whistle

And away they all flew like the down of a thistle

And to all the Talk Ten Tuesday listeners he exclaimed, ere he drove out of sight,

“Happy Holidays to all, keep up the good ICD-10 fight.”

 

About the Author

Denny is the president of Complete Practice Resources, a healthcare education, consulting, and software company headquartered in Slidell, Louisiana. He formerly served as the CEO of a large, multi-specialty physician group, full service MSO. Denny has authored or co-authored numerous “common sense” practice management books and implementation manuals. He is an award winning, nationally known consultant, speaker, and educator bringing his expertise to making the complex “simple.” He currently serves on the editorial board of ICD10 Monitor.

Educated at the United States Air Force Academy, Denny had a distinguished career as an Air Force pilot and has a long history of commitment to excellence and dedication to his clients’ success.

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Denny Flint

Denny is the chief executive officer of Complete Practice Resources, a healthcare education, consulting, and software company headquartered in Slidell, Louisiana. He formerly served as the CEO of a large, multi-specialty physician group, full service MSO. Denny has authored or co-authored numerous “common sense” practice management books and implementation manuals. He is an award winning, nationally known consultant, speaker, and educator bringing his expertise to making the complex “simple.” He currently serves on the editorial board of ICD10 Monitor. Educated at the United States Air Force Academy, Denny had a distinguished career as an Air Force pilot and has a long history of commitment to excellence and dedication to his clients’ success.