In a few short weeks, we will be in 2013. Though the deadline for healthcare organizations to switch to ICD-10 coding was extended to October 2014, this impending year will be a busy one for healthcare providers. Getting the project to the milestones will be key to meeting the deadline with a the technology and training needed to make it successful. The American Medical Association (AMA) has provided a fact sheet to help practices establish time frames for transition activities, breaking down the process into a series of manageable steps.

EHR Intelligence brought this topic to our attention in their article, “Looking ahead: ICD-10 tasks to complete before October 1, 2014.” Access Innovations, developer of the M.A.I. machine-assisted indexing system and specializing 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 assist in minimizing the risk of a coding error and identify inappropriately applied tags.

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 thesaurus, ontology, and taxonomy creation and metadata application.