Thursday, May 7, 2015

Making Changes

So, I've spent 3 and 1/2 years at my current hospital and I've decided to make a change. This decision was not an easy one because I love my current hospital but I have a lot of stress. I currently run three departments...HIM, Billing and EHR. I need to slow down and have solitary focus in my work life right now. 

Sometimes you should take the chance to step out and try something new. I've taken a new position as a regional coding manager for a large hospital system that covers several states. It's going to be different to travel and have coders all over the place but I'm looking forward to the challenge. 

Have you ever stepped out on faith with a new job? How did it turn out for you?

Monday, April 6, 2015

Hello All

I know I've been gone for a while but I've been told that I need to start blogging again, so here I am. I make no hard promises about post because my work life is crazy and I need to get blogging back into my schedule.

I'm still at the same hospital and still super busy. My title has changed to Director of HIM and Billing and I'm still the project manager for the EHR and the liaison for the IT department. Whew, I get tired just talking about it.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

EHR Project Manager...

What have I learned so far?

  1. I've learned that if someone doesn't work on the project daily then they don't think it's important. 
  2. You will become much more organized that you ever thought because if you don't, you'll lose your mind and hold up the project. 
  3. You will have to learn to hold your temper and your tongue. 
  4. Some people will never have a sense of urgency when they feel that the project doesn't directly affect them or their department. 
  5. You will have to have major support from executive leadership because at some point they are going to have to step in and put fire underneath the behinds of others that are not taking your request seriously. 
  6. A timeline will become your best friend and your best defense. 
This project has made me have to grow as a leader and I appreciate it.

Monday, March 31, 2014

So, What's Been Going On?

Things have been so busy at work, let me see if I can sum this up quickly:
  • My coders and I are finishing up our ICD-10 classes with the newest legislation for another delay on the horizon. 
  • My hospital is breaking ground on another hospital and my position is growing into a corporate director position.
  • I've added a new position in my department for a coder, so now I'm not the only one coding! YES!!!!
  • I'm enrolled into school again to finish my degree. 
  • The financial migration into our EHR is almost complete and then we move on to Pharmacy. We have a very aggressive timeline for the clinical portion of our implementation.
  • Our outpatient clinics are growing and I might need to add a part time coder.
What's going on with you guys?

Monday, February 24, 2014

I've decided....

To continue the blog. At this point I can only promise one post a week and I'll explain why.

1. I'm the project manager for our EHR implementation and it is more time consuming than I ever expected.
2. I'm in my senior year of school with 11 classes left to take and I'm struggling with my time management.
3. I'm enrolled in ICD-10 classes and this is also a struggle in my time management world.
4. I also have my regular job duties to perform as well.

These past few months have been a struggle for me but I see that several people enjoy my blog and seek my advice and experience.

Thank you for everyone who wrote to me and I truly appreciate it and it meant the world to me.