Hospital threatens to cut EHR access for providers not prepared for ICD-10

For employees at Charleston (W. Va.) Area Medical Center, preparing for the Oct. 1 ICD-10 transition isn't just a matter of preparedness; it's a matter of being able to do their job.

According to a Charleston Gazette-Mail report, employees who had not completed ICD-10 training by July 27 would be cut off from accessing the hospital's EHR record.

"There is a 'go-live' date for these changes…for everyone across the country, including us, so we felt it was very important that all medical providers be trained," Shawn Groves, MD, CAMC chief of staff, told the Gazette-Mail.

There are more than 1,200 providers at CAMC, and 25 have to still finish the training, according to Dr. Groves.

The hospital is also in the process of adopting Cerner's EHR platform, according to the report. CAMC currently uses Siemens' Soarian software, but is switching platforms following Cerner's acquisition of Siemens this past February. The hospital plans to be live on Cerner's EHR by July 26, 2016.

CAMC could not be immediately reached for a comment.

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