The House of Delegates of the American Medical Association (AMA) recently voted to “work vigorously” to stop the implementation of ICD-10 diagnostic coding system. This new classification of diseases contains five times the number of codes and its implementation is slated for October 2013. The resolution believes it will present significant burdens on the practice of medicine.

We found this very interesting information on General Surgery News in their article, “AMA Delegates Balk at ICD-10 Implementation.” Considering many healthcare organizations are knee-deep in preparations for this transition, this grandiose effort seems a little moot. Preparing for this large transition project requires complex planning and training.

Access Innovations provides training to a client’s staff and then offers quality assurance and validation services that can assist in minimizing the risk of a coding error and identify inappropriately applied tags. 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 Access Innovations, the world leader in thesaurus, ontology, and taxonomy creation and metadata application.