Category Archives: IT

Preparations Under Way for ICD-10 Diagnostic Coding to Begin October 1

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ICD10At midnight, October 1, 2015 federal law mandates that ICD-10 codes must be used on all HIPAA transactions. This includes diagnosis codes on inpatient and outpatient claims with dates of service or discharge on or after October 1.

The implementation of ICD-10 codes demands greater documentation detail from providers and will impact every care provider who documents in the patient record, as well as patient access, medical records coding and billing staff. Training has been ongoing with key personnel at UM Shore Regional Health. Resources, helpful links and updates for the ICD-10 conversion can be found on Wavelength.

UM Shore Regional Health’s Clinical Information Management Team has been at work in partnership with University of Maryland Medical System to assure a smooth transition.

For any questions about the transition to ICD-10, please contact Kathy Gootee, regional director, Clinical Information Management, at 410-822-1000, ext. 5586 or email kgootee@umm.edu.

 

New ‘umm.edu’ Email Addresses Begin August 1

Team-StrengthOn Saturday, August 1, most UM Shore Regional Health team members are scheduled to begin receiving and sending their email via a new address ending with @umm.edu.

Unless informed otherwise, any team member will have the same username for an @umm.edu address as with a @shorehealth.org or @chesterriverhealth.org address – for example, jdoe@shorehealth.org will be jdoe@umm.edu, and sjones@chesterriverhealth.org will be sjones@umm.edu.

Some team members who still require a new username can expect to be contacted by IT during the week of August 3 to set up a new name. In the meantime, those users will continue to receive and send email using their existing email addresses.

IT will  redirect emails that come to your current email address for a period of time in order to not disrupt important communication.

Because email addresses are used for many purposes, team members should take the following steps as soon as possible:

  • Make sure subscriptions and access to work-related online publications or websites are updated.
  • Inform key vendors, practices and other third-party or partner organizations you work with of your new contact information.
  • Hold off ordering new business cards or other materials until your new email address is confirmed functional.
  • Inform Corporate Communications of any brochures, website pages or other public communications where your email address is published and necessary.
  • Look to Wavelength for any additional updates
  • Review UM Shore Regional Health email standards and practices, which you can view here.

Questions or concerns should be directed to Information Technology, which can be reached at ext. 4357 from any facility.

New Email Addresses to Take Effect August 1

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Beginning August 1, UM Shore Regional Health team members will be assigned a new email address ending with @umm.edu.

Unless informed otherwise, any team member will have the same username for an @umm.edu address as with a @shorehealth.org or @chesterriverhealth.org address – for example, jdoe@shorehealth.org will be jdoe@umm.edu, and sjones@chesterriverhealth.org will be sjones@umm.edu.

Because email addresses are used for many purposes, team members should take the following steps as soon as possible:

  • Make sure subscriptions and access to work-related online publications or websites are updated.
  • Inform key vendors, practices and other third-party or partner organizations you work with of your new contact information.
  • Hold off ordering new business cards or other materials until your new email address is confirmed functional.
  • Inform Corporate Communications of any brochures, website pages or other public communications where your email address is published and necessary.

The new email branding is part of a plan by University of Maryland Medical System to coordinate directories and email technology among all facilities in the system. This will make it much easier for communication to take place across the entire system.

Questions or concerns should be directed to Information Technology, which can be reached at ext. 4357 from any facility.

IT Corner: Bits and Bytes

 

 

A MEDITECH upgrade is scheduled for October 2nd from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM.  The upgrade will bring us up to the Meaningful Use 2014 certified version of MEDITECH.  This upgrade will be followed by implementation of Computerized Provider Order Entry (CPOE), which will enable providers to enter orders electronically into MEDITECH, and the Patient Portal, which will facilitate direct patient access to their medical records, lab results, and other service-related information.

Further information on these implementations will be forthcoming.