July 30, 2010 – Ingenix has combined its Web.Strat encoding tool with A-Life Medical’s computer-assisted coding technology to improve claim coding accuracy.

According to the MarketWatch article, “Gwinnett Health System Selects Computer-Assisted Coding Solution from Ingenix and A-Life Medical to Improve Medical Coding Efficiency”, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will require all health care organizations to transition to coding medical transactions with the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems 10th Revision  (ICD-10) by Oct. 1, 2013. The new index replaces ICD-9, which included approximately 17,000 medical codes, with a significantly expanded and more highly detailed taxonomy of more than 155,000 codes.

Gwinnett Health System has positioned itself as a model for using advanced technology to address issues of cost and compliance. The solution they chose is supported by LifeCode(R), a proprietary natural language processing system that automates the reading of clinical documentation, deciphers the meaning and context of words within medical records and recommends the appropriate codes. It doesn’t get much more complicated in the world of taxonomy than medical coding, nor does it get much more important.

Melody K. Smith

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