Jul 30, 2014

Horsham Business' Medical Coding to Improve Patient Care

NextGen Healthcare announced that its upgraded medical information services provide more detailed data to improve patient care and better describe diseases and injuries.

Horsham Business' Medical Coding to Improve Patient Care

By Oct. 1, health care providers are required to revise medical classification lists used to code for diseases, symptoms, abnormal findings and more. 

The change, which amounts to the 10th revision of the  International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems, is expected to offer more detailed data to improve patient care and better describe diseases and injuries. 

Locally, Horsham-based NextGen Healthcare Information Systems recently announced that its latest  Ambulatory information suite meets the latest so-called ICD-10 standards. 

The transition to ICD-10 has a substantial impact on documentation of clinical care, physician productivity and practice reimbursement, and successful transition requires coordination between providers and their respective vendor, the company said in a press release.

“We realize the complexity of ICD-10 and the challenges facing providers as they transition from ICD-9 to ICD-10 diagnosis and procedure coding. This transition can potentially have a devastating effect on the financial health of U.S. healthcare providers,” said Michael Lovett, executive vice president and general manager for NextGen Healthcare. “Sharing some key educational and testing portions of our ICD-10 transition solutions and knowledge with the industry supports our long-term strategic direction toward a more open and accessible suite of solutions.”

In addition to its client-specific programs, NextGen Healthcare clients and all other interested health IT stakeholders seeking transition support will now have access to the following NextGen Healthcare transition educational resources and tools:

  • Free Webinar Series:  Get on track for ICD-10! A new monthly webinar series where industry experts will address key elements of preparation and implementation.
  • eBOOK:  Make ICD-10 easier! The basics of ICD-10 versus ICD-9 are provided easily with tips on how to get control of tens of thousands of new codes; dual coding; and, code mapping as well as how to determine EHR vendor preparedness.

Comparison testing tool:

  • The NextGen Healthcare  ICD-9/ICD-10 Comparison Utility is an educational and testing tool used by providers to help familiarize themselves with the mapping of ICD-10 codes to the ICD-9 codes most commonly used on a day-to-day basis. The ICD-9/ICD-10 Comparison Utility allows for the analysis of the 837 claim file, providing a snapshot of current billing using ICD-9 and the impact of changing to ICD-10 codes.

“The transition to ICD-10 is a challenging process for every provider and healthcare facility in the nation, and we want to help clients and non-clients alike ensure a seamless, easy and successful transition,” said Lovett. “As an industry leader, NextGen Healthcare is taking many steps to help providers stay calm and succeed with ease.”

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