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(Houston) – The Board of Trustees for Texas County Memorial Hospital held their monthly meeting on Tuesday, October 22.

Wes Murray, chief executive officer at TCMH shared with the board that himself, Linda Pamperien, chief financial officer; Doretta Todd-Willis, chief nursing officer, and members of the TCMH board of trustees met recently with most members of the hospital’s active medical staff to discuss strategic planning for the hospital.

A new healthcare coding system known as ICD-10 will soon be required of all healthcare providers. Dr. Jim Perry, OD, TCMH board member explained that what used to be 1,000 codes is going to over 100,000 codes. According to Perry billing for healthcare services will become much more complex with ICD-10.

ICD-10 is much more complicated according to Perry, and healthcare providers can’t afford to leave money on the table, or afford to over code.

Murray stated that the TCMH physicians want to know what they can do to help the hospital and there are some professional resources available that can help all of our providers in the hospital and in the clinics.

Training will be provided to all clinic staff and billers as well as the physicians and mid-level providers. Murray hopes that the plan of action for the area healthcare providers will “get everyone on the same page”.

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