Even though we finally have a newly proposed ICD-10 implementation deadline, will just an extra 12 months really make a difference? Some ponder that healthcare providers who were on track to comply by October 1, 2013 now have a chance to strengthen their plans, and those who were behind now get a chance to catch up.

This topic was inspired by an article on Healthcare Payer News titled, “New ICD-10 compliance deadline doesn’t mean a lot will change.” Medical coding requires specialized expertise, along with 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 Access Innovations, the world leader in thesaurus, ontology, and taxonomy creation and metadata application.