Software May Mitigate Tough CMS Stance on ICD-10

Wed, May 19, 2010

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CMS backs up information drive for the October 1, 2013 deadline.

A new application designed for the health care sector could make transition from the ICD-9 code system to ICD-10 expanded version much easier, claim IT vendors Ingenix and Health Language, Inc. (HLI).

The new Ingenix Global Code Manager solution translates between the 13,000-item ICD-9 code set and the 68,000-code ICD-10 set — a feature that will help health care organizations shift to the new disease classification system by October 1, 2013.

The IT vendors designed the system under CMS guidance to facilitate better analysis of disease patterns, severity and treatment outcomes; simplify claims submissions, processing and payments; and support health care quality improvement efforts, according to a press release.

The application features an automatic translator developed by HLI — called Language Engine — that provides clinical coding interpretations that map ICD-9 diagnoses and procedure codes…

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