In an era when organizational commitment is seemingly at a low point, physician engagement and retention is understandably a hot topic amongst leadership at hospitals large and small. Meanwhile, today's physicians are constantly struggling with new demands on their time. Over the last several years with increased adoption of EHRs and the advent of Meaningful Use, clerical claims on physicians time have increased dramatically, leaving physicians struggling to "find" time by taking it from other tasks or cutting back on patient load. Factor in the new requirements of ICD-10 Documentation Improvement coming down the pike and one is left to wonder how today's physicians can keep up. There is so much chatter about the overwhelming amount of time today's physicians use on non-clinical paperwork, the onus is on healthcare administrators to find a way to minimize it.
Amid ongoing industry chatter about ICD-10 readiness and the new, hopefully final, implementation date in the US, I can’t help but think there are lots of ways hospitals can use their intranet as an asset in ICD-10 preparedness. With the clock ticking and with large percentages of hospitals having purchased or planning to purchase a variety of supporting tools from Computer-Aided Coding to Clinical Documentation Improvement to General Equivalency Mapping, any way you slice it, hospitals need to do some pretty heavy-duty training to implement ICD-10.