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Sentara Healthcare Joins the Coalition for ICD-10

Sentara Healthcare, one of the nation’s top integrated healthcare systems, is the latest organization to join the Coalition for ICD-10 and advocate for U.S. adoption of the ICD-10 coding standard in 2015. The Coalition for ICD-10 promotes the critical importance of ICD-10 to improving quality measurement, public health surveillance, clinical research, and healthcare payment through research, education, and advocacy.

Serving communities in Virginia and North Carolina, Sentara Healthcare is a diverse not-for-profit family of 12 hospitals and an array of integrated services, including advanced imaging centers, nursing and assisted-living centers, outpatient campuses, physical therapy and rehabilitation services, and a home health and hospice agency. The health system’s team of 28,000 employees includes a 3,800-provider medical staff and five medical groups. Sentara also provides health insurance to 450,000 people through its Optima Health plan.

“Sentara has been preparing for the ICD-10 implementation for nearly four years addressing technology, training and end-to-end processes in order to be fully prepared for this transition,” said Robert Broermann, chief financial officer for Sentara Healthcare. “Moving to ICD-10 will enable the U.S. to play a more significant role in public health reporting and enable our providers to better capture patient acuity, which could lead to better care coordination. Additional delays will put the U.S. further behind other countries. As long as appropriate transition safeguards are included, ICD-10 implementation should occur as presently scheduled.”

Read more about the Coalition for ICD-10 and its members here.

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