I am sure most physicians didn’t decide to go to medical school because they liked technology. Granted and especially recently, younger medical students are entering the field already assimilated to using technology in every aspect of their life so applying it in their daily professional life is no stretch. However, with the many advances in semantic technology and now the shift to ICD 10 coding, which will require more specific coding for reimbursements, physicians can no longer hide in the clinic and let the office manager fend for their selves.

Health Data Management brought this topic to our attention in their article, “Doing the Right Thing.” This change also affects healthcare costs. The new ICD-10 classification system contains approximately five times the number of codes as ICD-9, which allows for greater specificity in describing medical diagnoses and procedures. Of course, this makes it ever more important to have your coding and tagging properly indexed. Access Innovations can help. Developer of the M.A.I. machine assisted indexing system and specialists in complex coding, tagging, and indexing, Access Innovations provides a range of services that deliver tag integrity. Access Innovations provides training to a client’s staff and then offers quality assurance and validation services that can:

  • Minimize the risk of a coding error
  • Identify inappropriate or inadvertently applied tags
  • Display a “map” of coding distributions to allow
    management to get a bird’s-eye view of the coding assignment flow.

Many widely used tagging systems lack the user friendly interface and may not implement a rigorous ANSI compliant coding subsystem. Access Innovations’ solutions are ANSI compliant and implement state-of-the-art technology to speed tagging and reduce errors. For more information, contact Access Innovations.

Melody K. Smith

Sponsored by Data Harmony, a unit of Access Innovations, the world leader in indexing and making content findable.