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We have shared here many times the angst of those who are worried about the ICD-10 coding classification transition that goes into effect on October 1, 2014. The new classification system has five times the number of codes, hence the angst.
This past week, Access Innovations has been hosting the annual Data Harmony Users Group (DHUG) meeting, which has included a variety of presentations. We presented a case study titled “Proven Technology in a New Market: the Data Harmony Suite of Products — A Game Changer in the Medical Claims Compliance Space.”
Find-A-Code is offering a free 7-day trail of its newest coding tool called Code-A-Note. Code-A-Note utilizes concept extractor software that analyzes the volumes of information contained in an electronic medical record's (EMR) text fields and provides the professional coder with highly relevant ICD-9, CPT, and HCPCS coding suggestions. Find-A-Code's digital coding libraries then apply additional filters and data resources to the selected codes including a claim scrubbing feature. With the pending implementation of ICD-10 in October of 2014, Code-A-Note will offer its users unique documentation training opportunities as well as a coding tool. Code-A-Note was designed to decrease the amount of time that medical coders spend reading a patient's encounter note. The software analyzes the note in its entirety to produce relevant codes.
The ECRI Institute Patient Safety Organization has created a health IT hazard reporting system to make it easier to see trends. The Health IT Hazard Manager was funded by Abt Associates with the ECRI Institute and Geisinger Health System’s Patient Safety Institute. The project incorporates Agency for Healthcare Research Quality (AHRQ) common formats and a tested, standardized taxonomy to index the content of a central repository of data.
Medical coding is changing. Coders who have been in the “biz” for years have faced a decision: either retire or learn the new coding classification system. The latter is a daunting task for most. However economy, job security, etc. make for strong motivators to learn a new system. Unfortunately, physicians have no such motive – or so they
Healthcare professionals are working hard to prepare for the transition to the ICD-10 coding classification system. The deadline of October 2014 is coming faster and faster. Industry professionals have advice on how to make the next year and half as productive as possible. Becker’s ASC Review brought this topic to our attention in their article, “7 Ways to Make the ICD-10 Switch Less Painful.”
The patented, rule-based application searches and analyzes the text in providers’ notes in electronic medical records to suggest highly relevant Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS) codes for human review. Access Integrity CEO John Kuranz says the new technology will revolutionize the medical coding and billing industries.
BetterChart has announced that the unveiling of their new BetterChart 2.0 will take place during the hosting of a webinar scheduled for Thursday, October 3 at 10:30 a.m. CST. Attendees to the one-hour webinar will hear how Washington University School of Medicine uses the new and improved BetterChart on a daily basis to decrease time spent loading documents into their electronic health records (EHRs) and keep the document management costs at a reasonable place.
UnitedHealth Group has recalled software used in hospital emergency departments in more than 20 states because of an error that caused doctor’s notes about patient prescriptions to drop out of their files.