North Shore-LIJ forms unit to help providers with ICD-10

Modern Healthcare - - REGIONAL NEWS - —Bob Her­man

North Shore-Long Is­land Jewish Health Sys­tem, Great Neck, N.Y., has cre­ated a new di­vi­sion called HealthForce to help other providers im­prove their cod­ing in the runup to the ICD-10 roll­out next year.

Of­fi­cials with North Shore-LIJ said they cre­ated the unit to help fel­low providers that may be strug­gling with cur­rent cod­ing guide­lines. As of Oct. 1, 2015, all providers and pay­ers will have to use the ICD-10 cod­ing sys­tem to bill claims. HealthForce will em­ploy more than 100 cer­ti­fied coders.

Many hos­pi­tal of­fi­cials, physi­cians and coders have be­moaned the switch to ICD-10, ar­gu­ing that chang­ing the cod­ing sys­tem re­quires ma­jor cap­i­tal and man­power in­vest­ment at a time when providers al­ready are work­ing on other tech­nol­ogy projects such as meet­ing mean­ing­ful-use stan­dards.

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