In a recent survey, 96% of respondents expressed concern about the impact of the ICD-10 coding classification transition. Seventy-three percent anticipate an impact on their practice, either financially or operationally, from the transition. The Nuesoft Technologies survey revealed that healthcare professionals are preparing themselves for what many perceive to be a less than smooth transition, come October 2014.

Healthcare Finance News brought this news to our attention in their article, “Physician practices concerned over ICD-10 readiness.” For those who are planning, training is key. Not only does medical coding require specialized expertise and systems tailored to the regulatory requirements in which health care providers, hospitals, and doctors deliver their services, but training can reduce or eliminate incorrect or insufficient coding that can directly affect the bottom line.

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.