There is a lot being said about the surprising decision by the Department of Health and Human Services to extend the existing October 10, 2013, ICD-10 implementation deadline. Many worry this will stop the process altogether and they have already invested in the process, both in time and money. Some may be happy as it will give them more time to tackle this large and overwhelming project. It is just those type of differences that are also causing suspicion for some. They are hypothesizing about the real cause, and worries about ulterior motives can start to surface.

This topic was inspired by an article found on Health Leaders Media, titled “ICD-10 Delay Foments a Culture of Distrust.” Medical coding is a serious part of the service and payment process of a healthcare organization. This “unknown” status is creating anxiety.

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 a 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.