Here’s Why The Global Medical Coding Market is Growing Exponentially

Medical coding is an essential medical language that is utilized by health organizations and hospitals around the world everyday. The global medical coding market is thriving in developed countries, but with all this growth, constant changes need to be made to improve efficiency and the effectiveness of healthcare experiences and procedures everywhere.

With the global medical coding market on the rise, medical coding and billing companies, such as ECLAT Health Solutions, must be quick to adjust to the constantly changing health industry. As one of the top medical medical coding companies in Northern Virginia, our team of certified specialists ensure every code is chosen with precision, which will overall help healthcare providers avoid hefty fines and insufficient patient care. Below are a few reasons why the global medical coding market is growing.

Decrease in Fraudulent Errors

As the global medical coding market expands, the more likely it is for insurance fraud and issues to occur. If medical documents are being misinterpreted more frequently and electronic health record (EHR) shortcuts are increasing errors, then there is a higher risk of inaccuracy and even malpractice. Maintaining a healthy and accurate coding system with professional medical coding assistance means patients will receive the proper care they need and providers are giving the highest quality of healthcare to patients.

Growing Demand of Coding Services

There is a rising demand for a universal language in medical documents. The need for quality healthcare services reflects how often medical coding procedures are being adopted between various providers. Without medical coding, it would be difficult to provide the current standard of health services to patients today.

Encourages More Coding Opportunities

With medical coding services growing exponentially, this also expands the job market for medical coders. As the need for coding services grows, medical coding employment opportunities will double. A need of more coders proves that health providers are working to find the best ways to improve accuracy and cultivate a healthy revenue by creating more coding careers.  

Constant Coding Updates

Since there’s a need for a universal medical coding system, we are taking advantage of technology to help healthcare entities record accurate medical documents in a world of constant ICD system changes. Medical technology such as computer-assisted coding (CAC), blockchain, and electronic health record (EHR) alignment are used to help reduce complex coding issues, improve accuracy in medical documents, and increase efficiency. These medical systems are furthering the global medical coding market by providing medical coding solutions and classification updates to better the healthcare industry.

ECLAT Health Solutions is Northern Virginia’s Top Medical Coding Company

Make sure your medical documents and codes are recorded and tracked accurately with a professional medical coding company. Trust ECLAT Health Solutions with your company’s medical billing and coding procedures to reduce any complex coding and billing errors and upcoding occurrences. Our team of medical coders are dedicated to helping providers increase their coding accuracy and provide solutions to improving areas of inefficiency. We strive to provide assistance tailored to our clients needs to enhance their overall coding system for a better healthcare experience. Contact us today to speak with one of our medical coding specialists today!

Coding Q & A with ECLAT Expert – Marie Thomas


J96.00 (Principal DX) – Acute respiratory failure, unspecified whether with hypoxia or hypercapnia
S06.6X6A (Admitting DX) – Traumatic subarachnoid hemorrhage with loss of consciousness greater than 24 hours without return to pre-existing conscious level with patient surviving, initial encounter
00N.00ZZ (Principle Procedure Code- ICD-10-PCS) – Release Brain, Open Approach
What would be the appropriate APR DRG, is it 020-1, 020-2, 020-3 or 020-4 or something else?


All Patient Refined Diagnosis Related Groups (APR-DRGs) are similar to Medicare Severity Diagnosis Related Groups (MS-DRGs) in that they are calculated from a preassigned numerical weight listing – multiplied by a fixed dollar amount based on each individual provider.  The base rate of APR-DRG is derived from how sick the patient is via codes assigned, considering the severity of illness and the risk of mortality.  APR-DRGs are unlike MS-DRG’s in that the base rate for MS-DRG is calculated from the codes assigned from a single complication or comorbidity.  Medicare groups claims using MS-DRG for reimbursement.  Some Medicaid, Workers compensation, no fault and commercial payers group to APR-DRG for reimbursement.  3M developed the APR-DRGs version (v#) and provide updates annually.  It is important to work with payers to understand the APR-DRG listing and weights.

Using the 3M APR-DRG grouper Version (131), PDX J96.00 admitting DX S06.6X6A PCS 00N00ZZ, the APR DRG is 950 SOI = 1 ROM = 2 (a relatively low risk patient based on the coding)

If the documentation supports the PDX J96.00 admitting DX S06.6X6A and secondary diagnosis S06.6X6A with the PCS 00N00ZZ the APR DRG is 10 and the SOI = 3 and ROM = 4 (these codes reflect a much sicker patient with risk of dying).

Webinar Roundup: Exploring Respiratory Failure from a Clinical Perspective

As revenue cycle management, medical coding, and clinical documentation improvement professionals, the topic of acute and chronic respiratory failure is something that comes across our clients’ screens regularly. It is a very unique health issue that many don’t fully understand, and that can be difficult to document. Because of its distinctive properties, and popular audience request, we felt it was a topic that needed some discussion. That is why we chose this quarter’s webinar topic from our “Experience the Brilliance” webinar series to explore respiratory failure from a clinical perspective. Joined by ECLAT’s Senior Director of Coding and HIM Operations, Marie Thomas, and clinical care physician, Krishna Thandra, MD, we discussed the basics of respiratory failure, how it is viewed from a clinical perspective, and how to identify and document it from a medical coding perspective.

2018-07-31 13.00 Exploring Respiratory Failure – A Clinical Perspective from Giovanna Govea on Vimeo.

Exploring Respiratory Failure – A Clinical Perspective from Giovanna Govea on Vimeo.

The Clinical Perspective

First, the MC of the webinar, Giovanna Govea of ECLAT Health Solutions, defined respiratory failure before introducing Dr. Krishna Thandra to offer a clinical perspective. According to the late Robert S. Gold, MD, “respiratory failure basically means that the lungs cannot meet the needs of the body to supply oxygen and remove carbon dioxide.” In clinical trials, signs of respiratory failure include increased respiratory rate, increased burden of oxygen, decreased oxygen levels, and increased carbon dioxide levels.

When someone experiences respiratory failure, there are some key physiological changes that occur:

  1. Impacts the heart because of the lower oxygen level
  2. Cor pulmonale may occur with right sided heart enlargement
  3. Liver may become enlarged/engorged, swelling of LE or UE, irregular rhythm
  4. Risk of blood clots

As Dr. Thandra discussed,

The Medical Coding Perspective

Identifying respiratory failure quickly and properly is imperative to a patient’s health. After respiratory failure is identified by a physician, the clinical documentation is the next important step in the process. The clinical perspective helps us to better distinguish clinical criteria for acute vs. chronic respiratory failure, and to identify the correct medical coding assignment for respiratory failure cases. There are 3 important sets of criteria for identifying acute respiratory failure, as outlined in the webinar by Marie Thomas, Senior Director of Coding and HIM Operations, all of which can be found on pages 7-9 of the webinar handout. It is important to look closely at these criteria, as some distinctions are vital to identify in order to document the condition properly.

What happens if a patient is admitted with respiratory failure and another acute condition? The principal diagnosis depends on the individual patient’s situation and what caused the admission of the patient to the hospital. This coding guideline applies regardless of whether the other acute condition is a respiratory or non-respiratory condition. If the documentation is unclear, the physician should clarify which of the two conditions was the reason for admission. In some cases, both conditions may be equally responsible for the admission, just make sure that the severity of illness and intensity of service are equivalent for both.

Case Study and Poll

After reviewing respiratory failure from clinical and coding perspectives, Marie walked the webinar attendees through a case study followed by a question. To view the case study and see if the audience answered correctly, be sure to watch the webinar replay and review the webinar handout. Feel free to let us know what you think the answer is by commenting below.

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Our “Experience the Brilliance” Webinar Series is meant to provide educational insight to medical coders, CDI professionals, and HIM professionals for FREE on a quarterly basis, so be sure to join us next time! Follow ECLAT on LinkedIn for updates on future webinars and industry-related news.

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What Does ICD-11 Mean for Global Medical Coding Companies?

Global medical coding companies must keep up with industry technological and regulatory changes, and the recent announcement of ICD-11 is another change that we must adapt our processes to meet. But before we get into what the ICD-11 changes mean for medical coding companies, let’s remind ourselves of the purpose of ICD, and how essential it is to global medical coding. ICD, or the International Classification of Diseases, is a tool for reporting and grouping conditions and factors that influence health. The purpose of ICD is to allow for a standardized and systematic recording, analysis, interpretation, and comparison of medical data collected. Most useful to medical coders, ICD is used to translate diagnoses into alphanumeric codes which permit storage, retrieval, and analysis. Whenever the ICD is revised and updated, it means that global medical coding companies like ECLAT Health Solutions must take necessary measures to comply with its new structural changes.


According to World Health Organization’s (WHO) recent release, some major structural changes are set to be implemented under ICD-11. One of the key revisions is meant to simplify coding structure and electronic tooling, which is meant to allow health care professionals to more accurately record conditions. This means that for global medical coding companies, this new and simplified coding structure must be comprehensively understood by its professionals. Extensive training, research, and practice are all required for medical coding companies to ensure that coding quality and accuracy will not be lost amidst the ICD-11 transition. Also, the code structure itself is projected to be updated, so what many medical coders knew like the back of their hands will now need to be re-learned.

No need to panic

The preview of the ICD-11 transition, which is set to be released for adoption by member states of the WHO in May 2019, may seem like a daunting announcement to some. Medical coding companies and health care professionals as a whole have become so accustomed to ICD-10, that the thought of drastic system and structural changes involved in ICD-11 may cause stress and insecurity. However, NO NEED TO PANIC! ICD-11 is an exciting announcement, as it marks innovation and forward thinking in the world of disease classification. A lot has changed since ICD-10 was introduced, and the way we view certain diseases and disorders should evolve as well. Like with any new piece of technology or information, there is always a learning curve, however the light at the end of the tunnel is brighter than ever, the health information management world will continue to improve its practices to promote patient transparency and reduce unnecessary hospital costs.

ECLAT Health Solutions is Ready for ICD-11

ICD-11 goes into effect January 1, 2022. The World Health Organization offices are still working on a global implementation plan to do this, and our team will be standing by to respond and take action to update our medical coding processes as necessary when the plan and final release is announced. As a leading global medical coding company, ECLAT Health Solutions is looking forward to ICD-11 and the impressive impact it will have on health care and how we classify diseases, disorders, and other health issues. To learn about the ECLAT Advantage, and what sets our medical coding company apart from others, contact us today!

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How the New Meaningful Use Program Affects Hospitals and Healthcare Providers

Meaningful Use is defined by the use of certified electronic health record (EHR) technology in a meaningful manner, ensuring that the certified EHR technology is connected in a manner that ultimately improved the quality of care. This concept of meaningful use was enacted with the American Reinvestment & Recovery Act (ARRA) in February of 2009; an effort led by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). There have been several updates to the rules surrounding meaningful use since it was made priority by CMS nearly 10 years ago, but the most recent announcement in April has a large effect on how hospitals and other providers process health information.

Starting in 2019, hospitals will be required to have a patient’s electronic health records available on the day they leave the hospital, as well as better access to price information. Further, some regulatory burdens on hospitals will also be lifted. The new rules are meant to promote better interoperability between providers and for patients. At ECLAT, we embrace the EMR technology and include meaningful use concepts in our ongoing Revenue Cycle training program. Ensuring the abstracting and coding information is accurate, timely and complete is essential to meeting meaningful use strategies. While this announcement is exciting for patients, allowing for more price and information transparency, the new rules beg the question: how does this affect hospitals and healthcare providers?

  1. Reduces Unnecessary Redundancies

Hospitals spend billions every year on administrative duties related to regulatory compliance, totally $39 billion according to the American Hospital Association. Fortunately, CMS eliminated 25 total measures that will save hospitals over 2 million hours of work. Additionally, quality measurement will be more streamlined as a significant number of criteria acute care hospitals are currently required to report on will be eliminated.  The lift on these regulations will better assist with the receipt and exchange of documents among systems, which inherently allows medical coding companies like ECLAT to close accounts faster and enhance clinical documentation for more accurate reimbursement. In short, it removes unnecessary and redundant measures from a number of programs, ultimately saving hospitals time and money.

  1. Challenging ‘One Size Fits All’ Pricing Approach

While hospitals are welcoming reduced regulation with open arms, many are concerned by the CMS rule requiring them to post their prices. The goal of this is to promote more effective price transparency for patients, however, what individuals pay varies greatly depending on their insurance coverage. Nevertheless, this price transparency is meant to ultimately offer the best value to patients, where they reap the benefits associated with more choices and thus better health outcomes.

  1. Emphasizes Need for Accurate RCM, Medical Coding and Billing

Hospitals also now must make their patients’ EHR data available upon the day of discharge, which means hospitals must incorporate up-to-date technologies and processes to make this happen. This involved using up-to-date EHR technology beginning in 2019 in order to quality for incentive payments and avoid Medicare payment reductions. On top of this, it’s essential for hospitals and providers to ensure their revenue cycle management, coding and billing processes evolve with these new rules to ensure continued accuracy.

These new rules announced by Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services mark an interesting transition in healthcare information management, and while some of the rules require challenges for hospitals and other healthcare providers, these changes hope to ultimately improve efficiency, transparency, and accuracy. In these ever-changing times of healthcare regulation, it’s also important to have a revenue cycle management partner to help you keep up. Contact ECLAT Health Solutions today to learn more about our services, and how we can help hospitals save time and money with our 95% accuracy or greater guarantee.

A Medical Coding Company Can Help Providers Prevent Fraudulent Error(s)

The financial health of a practice relies heavily on accurate medical coding. Selecting the wrong code is not only much more likely to result in a claim denial but it can lead to the wrong treatment being given, as well as illegal consequences. This usually happens in three ways: the facility ends up choosing a code for a milder treatment than what is really needed (undercoding), chooses a code for a more expensive treatment (upcoding) or reports separate procedures that can usually be combined, therefore falsely increasing reimbursement (unbundling).

In some cases, upcoding is accidental. A coder may misread clinical documentation or misunderstand a diagnosis due to lack of physician documentation and may inadvertently choose the code for a more expensive treatment. However, some practices have exhibited intentional upcoding and unbundling.

Both intentional and non-intentional upcoding can have damaging effects on providers. To prevent this, providers looking to ensure they have accurate medical coding and true reimbursements should partner with an experienced medical coding company. ECLAT Health Solutions can guarantee a 95% coding accuracy or greater to ensure our clients prevent these inaccuracies. Below, we’ll cover the various consequences providers can avoid by choosing to work with our medical coding experts:


Potential Increased Financial Burden on Provider

When upcoding or unbundling is successful, of course, the facility enjoys falsely-acquired, increased revenue. However, the financial consequences of when this fraud is detected far outweigh the benefits. If the incorrect code is discovered by the insurance provider during claims processing, this will result in a claims denial, which can carry a hefty price tag.

This is nothing compared to the cost of being reported and found guilty of healthcare fraud. Last year, Carolinas Healthcare faced a $6.5 million fine for upcoding lab test results. They received $80 more per urine test they conducted than they should have, resulting in false revenue. This revenue did not surpass, however, the huge fine they ended up paying.

Providers should not take this financial burden lightly. Choosing coding specialists like ECLAT Health Solutions is the best way to ensure all codes are chosen accurately and the provider steers clear of fines.


Potential Increased Bills for Patients

Upcoding and unbundling is bound to result in a higher cost for a patient. There has been a large increase in financial responsibility falling to the patient in recent years, and upcoding and unbundling can only contribute to this. If a patient’s insurance does not fully cover the more expensive treatment reported with the coding, they will need to pay more out of pocket. This can in turn affect their decision to remain loyal to a provider or seek elsewhere for less expensive treatment, which ultimately affects revenue.


Coding Audits & Investigations

Providers who draw attention with their upcoding are likely susceptible to coding audits or criminal investigations. Because upcoding and similar fraud like unbundling costs the healthcare industry billions of dollars annually, the penalties for these offenses are severe. Not only does upcoding cost facilities a lot of money, as in the case of Carolinas Healthcare, but can damage their reputation and credibility with patients, insurance providers, and other practices alike. Even if a provider is not found guilty of upcoding, investigations send a negative impression to the public.

HHS has begun cracking down on healthcare fraud and developed a proactive approach to fraud protection that hopes to detect more fraud issues. Part of these measures include using predictive analytics to prevent false medical bills. It has become increasingly crucial that providers take every possible measure to prevent upcoding, whether intentional or unintentional. There are serious legal implications and consequences of fraud and abuse. Learn more about these implications here.


Choose ECLAT, Your Trusted Medical Coding Company

Trusting a medical coding company to handle your daily coding is the best way to ensure accurate codes and no upcoding. ECLAT Health Solutions not only helps providers increase their coding accuracy but identify potential inefficient practices or other areas of concern to prevent accidental, or intentional, upcoding. It is everyone’s responsibility to report accurate information based on patient documentation, reflecting the severity of our patients and the costs associated. We work closely as an extension of our clients to help them become proactive in their coding practices and earn a true ROI.


Benefits of Offshore Medical Coding for Your Domestic Staff

More and more healthcare providers are utilizing offshore medical coding and are enjoying a variety of benefits. One of the biggest appeals of offshore medical coding for many providers is the bottom line – hiring overseas coders is more cost-effective than searching for employees at home. This is a huge asset for providers, but it certainly is not the only one. Financial incentives aside, outsourced medical coding also has several benefits for a facility’s domestic staff. Below, we explore some of the ways that offshore coding can benefit your domestic employees.


Freedom to Focus on the Administrative Side

Outsourcing your medical coding practices leaves your domestic employees with more time and resources that they can put toward bolstering and reworking other areas of your facility that need help, such as your administrative tasks. Refining the administrative side can help improve your facility’s billing and collections practices, patient experience, and claims submissions process, all of which will help increase efficiency and foster a healthier revenue cycle. Any staff who may have been doubling as coders or assisting with coding processes will now be free to focus on their main roles and responsibilities.


No Need to Re-Train Domestic Employees

Healthcare providers that feel their domestic employees’ lack of training has affected their efficiency or revenue may dread the effort, money, and resources that they will need to put into retraining them. Offshore coders are joining the workforce with the same qualifications, skills, and training as new coders in the United States at a reduced cost, making them capable of providing accurate medical coding and maintaining security. When providers look overseas for their coding solutions, they eliminate the need to spend valuable funds on training programs for their domestic staff. Offshore coders will need to receive some training to become familiarized with your facility’s best practices and procedures, but this is minimal and spares your facility the cost of a complete training overhaul that your domestic employees may need. No re-training for domestic employees also saves them time and stress, and allows them to focus on other, more important tasks and processes.


Fewer Errors and Less Stress

Using skilled offshore coders for your medical coding needs can help drastically reduce medical coding errors. In some facilities—often small or understaffed ones—busy staff may be prone to making coding errors, especially if these domestic staff are new to the workforce or have been struggling with the switch to ICD-10. Highly trained outsourced coders will likely make fewer errors, which means the rest of your staff will not need to scramble to fix mistakes such as claims denials. Often, the stress involved with fixing errors can actually lead to more mistakes being made, which compromises the health of your revenue cycle.

To earn the benefits of offshore medical coding, both for your finances and your staff, partner with an expert international medical coding company!


Offshore Medical Coding – The ECLAT Difference

ECLAT Health Solution’s team of outsourced medical coding experts are highly trained in ICD-10 coding procedures and are trained to maintain HIPAA and HITECH compliance. Not only is our coding secure and accurate, but our 3-Tiered Quality Assurance Process ensures we deliver superior work every step of the way. During this process, we closely analyze and review any cases that our coding team have questions on and prevent or fix errors. We go above and beyond to help your practice enjoy a healthy revenue cycle and increased revenue with our 24-hour turnaround and holiday and weekend coverage at no additional cost.

Contact ECLAT today to learn more about our offshore medical coding services.

Why HIPAA & HITECH Compliance Is Increasingly Crucial in Today’s World

Healthcare fraud and security breaches have been making headlines recently. It seems that almost everywhere we turn, we hear about a new threat to banking or health information security. After the Equifax breach compromised 143 million Americans’ credit and financial information earlier this year, individuals and organizations are shifting their best practices and regulations to prevent this from happening again.

In the healthcare sector, protecting patients’ personal and financial information should always be the highest priority of any healthcare provider, insurance agency, or healthcare support companies. With the number of these breaches steadily increasing, it has become even more necessary to closely follow HIPAA guidelines and prevent security risks at your facility.


Why Compliance Matters

Regulations and security measures change as new threats arise and as legislation is proposed or adjusted. Healthcare providers must make sure they always maintain compliance, even as these regulations constantly change and evolve. The procedures, practices, and policies enforced by HIPAA and HITECH ensure that confidential patient information and records stays secure, whether stored on paper or online.

HIPAA compliance was not common when the act was first introduced, as many organizations, especially small businesses, found it difficult to maintain compliance. The improvement of technology and the increase of security breaches has made compliance much more widespread, however. In fact, non-compliance is now incredibly detrimental to healthcare and healthcare support providers.

Organizations and facilities who do not comply with these regulations not only face increased risk of a security breach but can also be hit with hefty fines or even jail time for violators. Some of these fines may reach up to $1.5 million per violation per calendar year. In addition, any healthcare provider or organization that does not practice compliance will have a hard time earning and keeping patients or customers.


How ECLAT Maintains HIPAA & HITECH Compliance to Protect Sensitive Information

ECLAT Health Solutions, offering offshore medical coding and medical billing services to hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, Independent Practice Associations, physician offices, and more, proudly complies with all HIPAA and HITECH regulations. To ensure we are always protecting our clients’ sensitive personal and financial information, we take a variety of measures:

  • Hold bi-annual meetings in which we review our privacy and security standards with all employees
  • Use firewalls, encryption, and restricted Internet access on all of our computers
  • Prohibit patient information from being removed from our offices
  • Disabled all external drives on our computers
  • Monitor and guard our coding facilities 24/7

We always exercise these practices among many others to ensure all of our clients’ confidential information remains secure in our facilities. In addition, we are also SOC 2 Type 2 compliant and have earned ISO Certification. To receive SOC 2 Type 2 certification, an organization have accurate and compliant policies and procedures in place that protect all sensitive information. ISO certification verifies that an organization meets all the necessary requirements for security and quality assurance.

As an organization, we strive to uphold our accreditations and adapt to the changing healthcare security landscape. ECLAT’s medical coding services are always secure, efficient, and accurate. We work as an extension of each our clients’ organizations, and we treat their security concerns just like our own. This is why we are vigilant regarding compliance with regulatory and best practice standards, keeping our clients’ and their patients’ sensitive information as secure as possible.

Contact us today to learn more about how we maintain the highest security and compliance in our offshore medical coding and billing services!

Highlights and Trends from AHIMA 2017

The feeling of absolute exhilaration was in the air lining up to receive pre-registration packets at the AHIMA 2017 Convention and Exhibit in “the city of angels”, Los Angeles.   For many of us, it had been a year since we had seen colleagues, reconnected with prior co-workers and reunited with friends in the health information profession.  Flipping through the agenda, the hard work of all the sponsors and contributors was evident; this would be a convention to remember!

Pre-conference meetings and events as well as post-conference meetings and events were available.  Saturday and Sunday were packed with the Clinical Coding Meetings.  Truly there was something of interest for everyone.  AHIMA celebrated another year of “go green” with limited printings, replaced with easy to follow download links to access all the conference handouts.

Clinical Coding Meetings

Highlights of the Clinical Coding Meetings include FY 2018 ICD-10 CM and ICD-10 PCS code and guideline modifications as well as inpatient prospective payment system (IPPS) changes that impact coding and documentation were presented by Sue Bowman, MA, RHIA, CCS, FAHIMA and Anita Rapier, RHIT, CCS.  New codes were discussed including the types of acute myocardial infarction and pulmonary hypertension.  Garry L. Huff, MD, CCS, CCDS held a separate session that further defined acute myocardial infarction and the types of myocardial infarctions, acute coronary ischemia and demand ischemia.    Bowman and Rapier continued with clarification regarding the word “with” or “in” to be interpreted to mean, “associated with” or “due to” when it appears in a code title, the Alphabetic Index, or an instructional note in the Tabular List was discussed.  The exception was further clarified to be “unless the documentation clearly states the conditions are unrelated or when another guideline exists that specifically requires a documented linkage between two conditions (e.g., sepsis guideline for “acute organ dysfunction that is not clearly associated with the sepsis”).   Procedure Coding System (PCS) codes were revised and deleted to mostly simplify certain body part values or to correct clinical discrepancies and add new devices.    There were a few DRG shifts that coders need to be familiar with when grouping discharges from October 1, 2017 forward.

Audit was a hot topic during the sessions, highlighting the need for auditing, what and why to audit and what to do with the data being analyzed as a result of an audit.  Frequency and volume of auditing was also discussed.  Data analytics, revenue integrity adventures, coaching the team, goal setting and risks were all included in sessions.  There were physician tracks, HIT, coding and CDI tracks as well as international sessions, population health, workforce development, payment reform and information governance.

AHIMA General Session

General Session was certainly a highlight with Dr. Don Rucker, National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, Barbara Boxer, former U. S. Senator, and Newt Gingrich, Former Speaker of the U. S. House of Representatives.  AHIMA Triumph Awards, AHIMA Grace Award and the Presidential address set the tone for the 2017 Convention themed, Inspire, Innovate, Lead.

Exhibitors were armed with the latest in technology, practice and support.  This was one of the most enjoyable events with demonstrations, prizes and entertainment, not to mention all the wonderful giveaways to assist in recalling the name and number of the vendor when the need arises.  The AHIMA Foundation Silent Auction is always a fun event and this year was no exception.  The paper auction was replaced with an APP that provided on-the-spot notification when your bid was overtaken, allowing an up-bid to take place with the touch of a button.

AHIMA Gala to Remember

Time to dress for the red carpet came on Tuesday evening at the AHIMA Appreciation Celebration:  Lights! Camera! ACTION! Gala.   This was the event of all events as guests were met with a real-life feel of celebrity, cameras flashing upon entering.  Delicious food, drinks, entertainment, picture-taking with Pirates of the Caribbean, Alice-in-Wonderland, Dinosaurs, a candy bar, dancing to a live band and entertainment by the Star Wars Storm Troopers.   A great time was had by all!

Wrapping up the 2017 AHIMA Convention was the inspiring Viola Davis, followed by sessions for Coding, Consumer Engagement, HIM Practice Standards, Hot Topics, Information Governance, Innovation, Privacy and Security, Quality Measures  and Leadership.  On my way back home, I was filled with new ideas and renewed spirit of success.  I’m already planning my trip to Miami, Florida September 22 – 27, 2018 for the AHIMA 90th Convention & Exhibit, “Inspiring Leadership – Influencing Change”.

4 Tips for Reducing Claim Denials

Claim denials are a nuisance for hospitals and other healthcare facilities, and can end up costing millions of dollars in revenue every year. There are, unfortunately, many reasons that a claim may be denied, with anything from a patient simply not having the proper coverage to a coder using the wrong ICD-10 code, and everything in between. Fixing and resubmitting a claim can cost more money and give your staff additional paperwork to work through—in other words, no good comes from a high number of claim denials.

Although it is not likely that you will completely eliminate all claim denials, most claim denials are preventable. It’s crucial that you take the measures you can to reduce claim denials and save valuable revenue. Below are some of our tips for reducing the number of claim denials at your facility.


  1. Improve Employee Training

Undertrained staff can create a myriad of problems for your hospital or facility, and claim denials is one of the most common of these. If your medical coders are not properly trained in ICD-10 procedures or your billing staff continues to make clerical errors, it may be time to take another look at your training procedures. Tweak and refine your process, and retrain current staff if necessary. Make sure your employees are being properly managed, too, with clear policies and best practices in place.


  1. Look for Patterns

Make sure your employees are closely monitoring every step of the claims process, so they can identify any issues that happen over and over again. Investigate why a claim gets denied immediately at the time of denial; it is much more difficult to look back at the claim later and find out what went wrong. When your staff keeps an eye on the claims process and immediately follows up with denied claims to determine the cause, they will be able to spot common patterns and learn how to put an end to them much faster.


  1. Check Patient Coverage Before Treatment

It seems too obvious to say that checking to make sure your patients’ insurance covers the necessary treatment prior to giving this treatment can reduce your facility’s number of claim denials, and yet a whopping number of healthcare providers fail to check patients’ insurance before providing service, or at all! Ensure your administrative employees are checking each new patient’s insurance to find what they are or are not covered for. Routinely doing this will help prevent any surprises after submitting the claim.


  1. Improve Medical Coding Practices

Entering a similar yet incorrect code for a given treatment, or having incomplete documentation that leads to an unspecified code can cause a claim to be denied. Some coders are still catching up to the 2015 transition to ICD-10, and are still making mistakes. Unfortunately, there is no room for mistakes on a claim, and a coding error will most likely lead to the claim getting denied. Your coding processes should be air-tight to ensure your claims will be accepted. An excellent way to improve your medical coding accuracy is to partner with an expert healthcare support provider.


The ECLAT Advantage

ECLAT Health Solutions provides outsourced medical coding services nationwide. We provide 24-hour turnaround and can guarantee a score of 95% or higher coding accuracy, making us the key to helping your facility reduce its claim denials. Our satisfied customers—which include hospitals large and small, physician offices, ambulatory surgery centers, and much more—call our ability to go above-and-beyond with our service The ECLAT Advantage.

Contact us today by filling out this form or calling (703) 665-4499 to learn more about our medical coding services.