October’s Almost Here. Hire More Medical Coders.

With summer in full swing, few among us have the falling leaves of autumn on our minds. The truth is, however, that October is right around the corner, and that means that the ICD-10-CM deadline, with all its challenges and requirements and potential financial headaches, is coming down the pike full steam ahead.

Any regular reader of our blog knows that we’ve thoroughly evaluated and examined the ICD-10-CM due date, and the steps necessary for success come October. One might think there’s little left to say, but here’s one more, quick thought for providers wondering if there’s anything else they can do to maintain productivity after the conversion.

Hire more medical coders.

Simple advice, but not necessarily such an easy task. While it’s no secret that contract coding pros deliver an abundance of expertise and a unique understanding of the ICD-10-CM challenges, providers that have realized the importance of staffing up in this regard have taken many of the industry’s leading coders out of the potential employee pool. Those that have lagged behind in hiring coding staff may now find it difficult to locate qualified personnel.

Don’t be deterred. Find a good contract coding company and, as MedicalGroups.com suggests in a recent online post, perhaps those involved in “community college programs accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education.”

As time slips away, quickly locating already vetted coding experts will save you a lot of time and ensure you’re getting the talent you need to charge ahead at ICD-10-CM with confidence.

Let us know if any of our coding experts can help.

P.S. We'd be remiss if we didn't add our own "there's a code for that" one-liner. For coders, it just might be the right time for a Z56.1. Look it up here.

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About Cynthia Sherman, Director, Coding Services

Cynthia Sherman, Director, Coding Services

Cynthia leads all aspects of Coding Services at MediRevv, including the day to day management of coding operations and client account management. As Director of Coding she has grown division from a staff of one to forty. She is certified CCS-P (2002) through AHIMA.

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