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A new focus on coding quality audits

One of the unsung benefits of ICD-10 is that the new coding standard has brought increased organizational awareness to the subject of coding quality audits, according to Sue Belley, 3M Consulting Services manager for clinical content development. In a recent Health Management Technology article, Sue touches on frequently asked questions about coding quality audits.

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Read an interview with Catherine Porto, executive director of HIM at UNMH, in Health IT Analytics and learn about the organization’s efforts to boost accurate coding in a value-based care environment.

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The ICD-10 Saga—Lost Years and Hard Lessons
If the transition to ICD-10 is any indication of the course of future updates to our basic healthcare data infrastructure, it is important to understand the tactics and motivation behind the policy debate and the campaign to stop ICD-10 implementation.

A new commentary from Rich Averill in the Journal of AHIMA examines arguments from ICD-10 proponents and opponents alike and discusses takeaway lessons from the transition that the industry can employ for future policy changes.

Read the full commentary in the Journal of AHIMA.

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