So what is this thing called ICD-10, and why is it impacting so many people? ICD-10, an international disease coding system, is mandated for adoption in the U.S. by October 1, 2014. At least that is the current deadline. There have many been key players in this arena speaking out against a different, usually farther out, deadline. The current and soon-to-be outdated ICD-9 disease coding system is made up of only 1/5 the number of codes the new ICD-10 contains. This huge change will impact many avenues of the healthcare system.

This topic was inspired by an article found on Smart Business titled, “How the switch to ICD-10 disease coding will impact the health care industry.”

Access Innovations, developer of the M.A.I. machine-assisted indexing system and specialists in complex coding, tagging, and indexing, provides a range of services that deliver tag integrity. Access Innovations 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.

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.