The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) is urging the health care industry to continue working toward implementation of the ICD-10 coding system. This is a contrast to the American Medical Association’s efforts to block the coding change.

We found this interesting news on iHealth Beat in their article, “AHIMA Calls for Health Industry To Keep Up Transition to ICD-10.” The transition from ICD-9 to ICD-10 to accommodate codes for new diseases and procedures is a huge endeavor. The code set size will grow from 14,000 codes to about 69,000 codes.

Medical coding requires specialized expertise and systems tailored to the regulatory requirements in which health care providers, hospitals, and doctors deliver their services.

Access Innovations, developer of the M.A.I. machine-assisted indexing system and specialists in complex coding, tagging, and indexing, 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.