The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) has gone on record approving the postponement of the ICD-10 transition until 2014.
This news was found on Information Week Healthcare in their article, “One Year ICD-10 Delay Just Right, CHIME Says.” In a letter to HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, CHIME said the one-year delay is an attempt to balance the interests of all stakeholders by identifying a “middle ground” between those who urge a longer delay and those who don’t favor any further delay.
There seems to be no consensus on whether the deadline delay is appropriate or when the new deadline should occur. Medical coding requires specialized expertise and systems tailored to the regulatory requirements in which health care providers, hospitals, and doctors deliver their services. Training is very important, especially with the impending ICD-10 transition. That is why Access Innovations, Inc. 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.
Melody K. Smith
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