In the spirit of all procrastinators, we can all relate to postponing undesired tasks. However, many are feeling that delaying the ICD-10 coding classification transition (which previously had an already pushed-back due date of October 2013) may be too much procrastination. With five times the number of diagnostic codes and the training involved for charting and coding, it is easy to understand why.

Health System CIO brought this topic to our attention in their post, “Looks Like ICD-10′s Coming … But Should It?” 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

Sponsored by Data Harmony, a unit of Access Innovations, the world leader in indexing and making content findable.