Many are frustrated about the recent decision  by HHS to postpone the scheduled October 13, 2013 compliance date for the industry to switch to the ICD-10 system. After all the preparations, training, and investment healthcare organization have put forward to make this happen, the government is taking a back step.

Modern Healthcare brought this subject to our attention in their article, “Healthcare’s Waffle House.” How long the postponement will be is still yet to be seen, which only adds to the frustration. Procrastinators have been warned time and time again, but now the urgency is on pause. This could be detrimental for those who don’t understand the importance of accurate coding. Medical coding requires specialized expertise and systems tailored to the regulatory requirements in which health care providers, hospitals, and doctors deliver their services. That is why Access Innovations, Inc. provides training to a client’s staff and then offers quality assurance and validation services.

Melody K. Smith

Sponsored by Access Innovations, the world leader in thesaurus, ontology, and taxonomy creation and metadata application.