There has been a lot written about the unpreparedness of healthcare providers for the October 2013 deadline of the ICD-10 coding transition. I admit it, some of that has been here and by me. However, the closer we get to the deadline the more the news and surveys are reporting that healthcare IT departments are making preparations.

Health Leaders Media brought this news to our attention in their article, “Feeling Better About ICD-10.” It is a huge project and one that seemed daunting to many at the beginning, but with just a little over a year left before the deadline, it seems that providers are getting motivated.

The new ICD-10 coding classification system will have five times the number of codes to use for billing 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 Data Harmony, a unit of Access Innovations, the world leader in indexing and making content findable.