MGMA Survey Indicates Crucial Need for HIS Certified Coders

, Illinois (PressExposure) July 22, 2011 -- HIS professionals are on the cutting edge of ICD-10 transition methods and procedures, having invested millions of dollars into top notch training and software technologies.

A June Survey from the Medical Group Management Association has indicated an alarming need for professional, certified HIS coders in order to meet the 5010 protocol ultimately required for implementation of new ICD-10 codes. The protocol must be in place by January 1, 2012 so as to make way for full ICD-10 compliance by October 13, 2013, but 85% of those surveyed have not weighed the impact of version 5010 on their operations.

The current International Classification of Diseases (ICD-9) standard has been in place for more than 30 years and professionals understand the urgency of having data that reflects decades of evolution in classification and terminology. Although ICD-10 has the potential to make life much easier to the healthcare industry in the long run, the transition from ICD-9 is a burden that physicians and providers are struggling to shoulder. A near universal acknowledgement from the industry is that payers will only reimburse physicians if they are using an acceptable, shared coding language, which places information professionals at the forefront of this transition.

ICD-10 was formally endorsed by the Word Health Organization in 1990 and has become more and more familiar to those in the health information field for almost 20 years. Australia was the first to go live with the new codes in 1998, Canada followed in 2000, and France in 2005. With 2013 on the horizon, the MGMA survey suggests that the United States is at risk of falling behind standards of international medical communication unless more physicians and medical practitioners call on the skilled work of men and women who represent groups like Healthcare Information Services, L.L.C.

Lynn Anderanin, Senior Director of Coding Compliance and Education, says "HIS has created a program that incorporates communication, education, and technology to prepare staff and clients for ICD-10. HIS coders have the opportunity to receive their training in-house for the ICD-10 Examination, one of the requirements for certification." Anderanin, whose 28 years of experience includes a certification in orthopedic surgery coding (COSC) and all areas of the physician's practice, has been a popular presenter for national conferences and workshops while serving as a member of the Medical Advisory National Advisory Board (NAB).

HIS professionals are on the cutting edge of ICD-10 transition methods and procedures, having invested millions of dollars into top notch training and software technologies. Coders are embedded in this complex language and have as their objective to ensure that clients are not only code compliant, but that as a result, clients will also see an increase in their reimbursements by at least 5% or more. This guarantee resides at the bedrock of the entire HIS operation.

About Health Information Services LLC:

Health Information Services LLC (HIS) has a proud legacy from more than 30 years of success in the healthcare industry. The operation was founded in 1976 as Illinois Medical Billing Services and by 1999, had changed its name to Healthcare Information Services, L.L.C., a physician management company helping physicians to manage their reimbursement and technology.

David J. Wold, who acquired HIS in 1999, is the CEO of Healthcare Information Services, L.L.C. Under his leadership, the corporate infrastructure has greatly expanded over the past several years. Growing from 40 employees in a single location to more than 225 employees in multiple offices, HIS continues to emerge as a leading partner in physician profitability, combining technical expertise and operational experience in the delivery of practical solutions that can be quickly implemented for immediate returns. They also offer healthcare revenue cycle management services.

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Healthcare Information Services, L.L.C.
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Press Release Submitted On: July 22, 2011 at 6:15 am
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