In the world of healthcare, few things have been or will be more challenging or all encompassing as the ICD-10 transition. Healthcare organizations have a huge project on their hands and we wish them great success. However, the good news is ICD-10 could be considered an economical stimulator for the world of technology. More healthcare information technology vendors offer ICD-10 compliant upgrades and products each and every day.

Government Health IT brought this interesting topic to our attention in their article titled, “5 trends that will shape ICD-10 implementation in 2012.” Medical coders also have to get additional ICD-10 training and certification. Enter the educational entities to get their share of the pie.

Medical coding requires specialized expertise and systems tailored to the regulatory requirements in which health care providers, hospitals, and doctors deliver their services. This cannot be done in a vacuum.

Access Innovations, Inc., a leader in data integrity and content creation, has announced the Access Innovations Integrity Initiative (AI³), a suite of tools and services for quality assurance and validation of medical coding. The system can be used to quickly and accurately validate medical coding or to locate errors in existing documentation. The cost savings are impressive.

The Access Innovations Integrity Initiative is not just for physicians, hospitals, and their data service providers. It also includes tools that give auditors and insurers the information management tools they need to quickly identify areas of noncompliance or suspicious activity.

Melody K. Smith

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