Some healthcare organizations and physicians are worried about the possible implications of the Dept. of Health and Human Services’ decision to propose a delay to the compliance deadline for ICD-10 diagnosis code sets that was scheduled for Oct. 1, 2013. But for some, it promises an opportunity to focus on more pressing issues while working toward the eventual transition to ICD-10.

This interesting topic was inspired by the article on AmedNews titled, “ICD-10 delay frees physicians to focus on other practice needs.” The new ICD-10 coding classification system that goes into effect at some point, will have five times the number of codes to use for billing reimbursement than the current ICD-9 does. 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 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.