Many were anxious when the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced a one-year delay for ICD-10  in February 2012 – pushing the date back to October 1, 2014. Some still are, but a few healthcare leaders pushed forward with their implementation plans and schedules.

Healthcare Finance News brought this news to our attention in their article, “Smart CFOs keep focus on ICD-10.” For those who are planning and not frozen in fear, 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.