With all the talk about the inconvenience and challenges of the ICD-10 coding transition, a common argument is that it will not benefit patient care. Considering that medical coding is not an actual treatment for patients, that is probably true. However, as it improves the system as a whole, wouldn’t patients benefit somehow, even if it is remotely?

Government Health IT brought this topic to our attention in their article, “ICD-10 Benefits: A specific example of improving patient care.” The new ICD-10 coding classification system will have five times the number of codes as ICD-9 to use for billing reimbursement. Access Innovations’ 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. A reduction in errors is a benefit to all.

Melody K. Smith

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