In what appears to be a timely presentation, John Kuranz, CEO of Access Integrity, walked the group gathered at the 9th Annual Data Harmony Users Group meeting through the major events that are taking place in health care. He talked extensively about the ICD-10 coding classification that will be implemented on October 1, 2014. Many are facing the challenges that implementation poses, and then not far behind that is ICD-11 coming in 2015.

Adding to that seemingly impossible situation, the Affordable Care Act will bring 33 million new patients into the healthcare system. For providers, that means beefing up the number of patients to be seen each day, the number of procedures hospitals need to meet quota on, or the census days extended care facilities need to maintain.

These two challenges are posing a perfect storm for those in the medical industry and for those working in  information management for the medical industry.

Medical coding requires specialized expertise and systems tailored to the regulatory requirements in which health care providers, hospitals, and doctors deliver their services.

Access Integrity, Inc., provides tools and services for quality assurance and validation of medical coding. Their Medical Claims Compliance system can be used to quickly and accurately validate medical coding or to locate errors in existing documentation. The cost savings are potentially huge.

Melody K. Smith

Sponsored by Data Harmony, a unit of Access Innovations, the world leader in indexing and making content findable.