No one will argue that America’s out-of-control healthcare costs needs an anti-inflammatory. Many contend that consumer driven medicine is the wrong way to handle the problem.

Forbes brought this topic to our attention in their article, “Consumer Driven Healthcare Proponents Finally Proven Wrong.” Proponents for consumer driven healthcare believe that placing the responsibility on the individual to pay for a larger share of their healthcare expenditures results in greater competition due to basic marketing principles.

I am not sure which side of the fence I stand, but I do sympathize with healthcare providers and the many hoops government, healthcare reform, and insurance companies require them to jump through. The newest one of those is the ICD-10 coding classification that goes into effect in October 2013. By adding five times the number of medical codes, a provider’s cash flow could be in jeopardy if staff weren’t trained properly.

This will make it ever more important to break down walls and form a team for proper reimbursement. Access Innovations’s M.A.I. machine assisted indexing system and specialists in complex coding, tagging, and indexing can minimize the risk of coding errors with proper training and quality assurance. 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.

Melody K. Smith

Sponsored by Access Innovations, the world leader in thesaurus, ontology, and taxonomy creation and metadata application.