Christiana Care Health SysytemICD-10

JUNE 22, 2015

100 Days to
ICD-10 Compliance Date


Dear Colleague:

On October 1, 2015, the International Classification of Diseases (ICD) will be moving from version 9 (ICD-9) to version 10 (ICD-10). The federally mandated ICD-10 compliance day is only 100 days away. This transition includes the classification of both ICD-10 Procedures and ICD-10 Diagnoses. Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) is not included in this conversion.

The ICD-10 mandate has been delayed in previous years, but all indicators point to a 2015 implementation. Through teamwork and cooperation, we can successfully prepare for and manage the impact of this federally mandated change. In line with our commitment to organizational vitality, efforts to identify the people, processes, systems, reports, etc. impacted by this change have been underway for the past several months. Here are some examples of the type of questions we are asking:

  • Are all of the applications that store, send or receive these codes ready to accommodate the increased length of the ICD-10 codes?
  • What level of training do various groups throughout the organization need? (i.e. physician, coders, schedulers, etc.)
  • What will we do if a patient arrives at our facility on or after October 1, 2015 with an order or script that does not have an ICD-10 code listed?
  • What proactive steps can we take now to minimize any operational or financial impact of the ICD-10 conversion?
  • How do we make sure that the data we use every day to trend and make business decisions continues to be available and function as anticipated?

These questions are complex. In many instances we will need your help to develop and implement solutions.

Additional communication will be forthcoming through existing group meetings and targeted interactions. If you have specific questions or concerns, please reach out to me or Greta Ehrhart, the ICD-10 Program Manager, at 302-327-7628 or Thank you for all you do to move Christiana Care forward in the ever-changing landscape of healthcare.

Your Colleague,

Sharon Anderson
Senior Vice President, Quality, Patient Safety & Population Health Management

Feedback? Questions? Send us an email or call 302-327-7628