How productive are your coders? Do your current business processes aid, or impede, their productivity? These are just two of the questions hospital managers may want to investigate now—before it’s time to implement the new ICD-10 coding system.

“Look at the percentage of time coders spend actually coding and dropping bills versus performing other chart activities and tweak your work flow processes to get your coders coding correctly and dropping the bill quickly too,” advises Karen Youmans, MPA, RHIA, CCS, president of YES HIM Consulting, Inc., Largo, Florida.

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