Cheryl Robbins Appointed Expert Panelist to AHRQ ICD-10 Workgroup

Wayne, PA and Alpharetta, GA Aug 30, 2012 — Precyse, a leader in Health Information Management (HIM) technology and services, announces that Cheryl Robbins, RHIT,CCS, Precyse director of remote coding operations, will participate as an expert panelist in the Neonatal/Pediatric workgroup on the ICD-10-CM/PCS conversion of Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Quality Indicators(QI)™. The research team at University of California Davis, under a federal contract with AHRQ, has the lead role for the conversion process.
These workgroups are being formed as part of a structured approach for converting the existing QI specifications from ICD-9-CM to ICD-10-CM/PCS, incorporating coding expertise, clinical expertise and health services research/quality measurement expertise. The workgroups will evaluate the results of automated “code mapping” from ICD-9-CM to ICD-10-CM/PCS, providing input and advice regarding similarities and differences between ICD-9-CM and ICD-10-CM/PCS codes that are mapped to each other. This workgroup process will lead to recommendations regarding how the existing AHRQ QIs should be re-specified using ICD-10-CM/PCS codes, retaining the original clinical intent of each indicator while taking advantage of the greater specificity of ICD-10-CM/PCS to improve the indicator’s validity.
“I am so honored to participate as a panelist on this ICD-10 workgroup,” said Robbins. “I am excited and ready to contribute my expertise on behalf of the Precyse team, and I am looking forward to making a difference in this thought-leading group.”
Robbins was selected due to her knowledge of health care quality measurement using administrative data in specific, relevant clinical domains, as well as her expertise in ICD-9-CM and ICD-10-CM/PCS coding; hospital quality improvement, patient safety and clinical documentation improvement; and her familiarity with the AHRQ Quality Indicators and their application.