It is now 2013, and that means that healthcare providers will be ramping up their efforts to prepare for the ICD-10 coding classification transition scheduled for October 1, 2014. Providers are scrambling to be prepared in all ways.

EHR Intelligence brought this interesting information to our attention in their article, “Understanding better documentation is the key to ICD-10 success.” Juergen Fritsch, Chief Scientist at M*Modal, recently shared his perspective on how providers can be better prepared with the necessary tools to tackle this comprehensive project.

One of the key topics is training. Medical coding requires specialized expertise and systems tailored to the regulatory requirements in which healthcare providers, hospitals, and doctors deliver their services. Training is very important. That is why 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.