ICD-10 implementation costs continue to be a concern for healthcare organizations and a common topic of conversations throughout conferences, networking, and probably across a few barstools. The extended deadline to October 2014 didn’t diminish that concern. In fact, in some cases, it probably added to the pressure. The costs associated with the transition can easily reach a quarter to half a billion dollars for the information technology, training,  and other  upgrades.

We found this interesting topic on Government Health IT in their blog post, “How much will ICD-10 implementation really cost?”

The ICD-10 classification system contains approximately five times the number of codes as ICD-9, which allows for greater specificity in describing medical diagnoses and procedures. Of course, this makes it ever more important to have your coding and tagging properly indexed. Access Innovations can help. Developer of the M.A.I. machine-assisted indexing system and specialists in complex coding, tagging, and indexing, Access Innovations 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 Access Innovations, the world leader in taxonomies, metadata, and semantic enrichment to make your content findable.