ICD-10 demo offers a glimpse of the future
As part of Yale New Haven Health's conversion to ICD-10 codes, Anna Cierpisz (right), Epic implementation manager, ITS, shows Cindy Zak, executive director, Health Information Management and Coding, an online demonstration of the ICD-10 build in an Epic test environment. ICD-10 codes, used to indicate diseases, signs and symptoms and procedures, are much more specific than existing ICD-9 codes. The demo was also shown to members of ICD-10 subcommittees working on implementation of the new ICD-10 code set for Oct. 1 at all YNHHS delivery networks.
Gerri Terrill goes the distance for patient who lost ID
Gerri Terrill, linen outsourced coordinator in Materials Management, learned that a patient had lost his identification cards — including his Veterans Administration ID — as he was being discharged. Could she find it before the IDs left for the hospital's laundry? After some digging, she discovered his cards had actually left the building, tangled in his sheets on their way to an industrial laundry. She knew the only way to ensure their safe return was to drive to the vendor in Hartford and bring them back herself. Terrill — a 47-year veteran of YNHH — did not think much of her successful trip until she was called to a meeting where the story of her efforts drew the attention of the Patient Experience Committee, which presented the surprised Terrill with an "Above and Beyond" award. Shown at the presentation are, from left, Kathy Kenyon, RN, nursing director, Medicine and Geriatrics; Lisa Rioux, RN, patient service manager, General Medicine (10-7); Terrill; Michael Bennick, MD, medical director, Patient Experience; and Carlos Lourenco, director, Materials Management/Logistics.