Medical Staff Pulse Newsletter

Recognition for Chugh, Marban, Metz, Sandler

Physician News

Eduardo Marbán, MD, PhD, and Sumeet Chugh, MD, have won awards from the American College of Cardiology; Richard J. Metz, MD, is being honored by the National Hemophilia Foundation; and Howard Sandler, MD, will receive an award from the Honors Program at the University of Connecticut.

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Meetings and Events

Grand Rounds

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Upcoming CME Conferences

Click below to view a complete list of all scheduled Continuing Medical Education conferences.

CME Newsletter - April 2014 (PDF)


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Share Your News

Won any awards or had an article accepted for publication? Share your news about professional achievements and other items of interest.

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Switch to ICD-10 Delayed; Preparation Continues

Cedars-Sinai will continue preparing to switch to ICD-10, although the U.S. government has delayed implementation of the coding system for a year.

A federal law that took effect April 1 pushes the compliance date for ICD-10 to Oct. 1, 2015. The deadline had been Oct. 1 of this year.

The new compliance date for the ICD-10 coding system is Oct. 1, 2015.

The training that Cedars-Sinai physicians and employees have undergone in preparing for ICD-10 is still valid. The education modules already assigned will remain available in HealthStream for completion or review. Any coursework completed will be recorded and will not need to be taken again. No new education modules are anticipated before April 2015.

The medical staff training sessions occurring in April and May 2014 will proceed as scheduled. These sessions will focus on improvement of documentation and will include an overview of enhancements when CS-Link™ is upgraded June 7. All other peer-to-peer sessions will resume after January 2015.

The ICD-10-CM (Clinical Modification) training for physician office coders will proceed as scheduled in August.

Cedars-Sinai is awaiting further guidance from the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services regarding the delay.

The switch to ICD-10 is mandated by the federal Department of Health and Human Services. The change will result in an increase from about 17,000 codes in ICD-9 to more than 140,000 in ICD-10.

For more information and updates regarding ICD-10 activity at Cedars-Sinai, visit the ICD-10 Project page on the Intranet or the ICD-10 Implementation page at CS-Link Central.

Previously in Medical Staff Pulse:

New Intranet Section Gives Healthcare Coding Tips (Dec. 20, 2013)

Physicians and Office Staff — Not Just Coders — Need to Prepare for ICD-10 (Sept. 27, 2013)