Amphion Medical Solutions, a leading provider of advanced transcription and coding solutions and services, announced today the launch of Continuous Coding Quality Monitoring (CCQM), an innovative service to ensure ongoing coding quality and coder proficiency in ICD-10 code sets. CCQM, which takes an "educate first" approach to coding audits, delivers to hospitals, ambulatory surgery centers, physician practices and other healthcare organizations the feedback they need for accurate billing, clinical documentation improvement and targeted physician and coder education.
"CCQM takes a two-pronged approach to optimizing coding quality. First, by conducting regular audits of coded charts we are able to identify accuracy issues before they can significantly impact revenues or slow time-to-bill," said Minnette Terlep, BS, RHIT, Amphion's Vice President of Business Development and Chief Compliance Officer. "Second, we provide coders with immediate direct feedback supported by Official Coding guidelines to continuously improve proficiency and retention, an educational aspect to coding that is taking on greater urgency as the transition to ICD-10 draws near."
Unlike other review firms that only focus on DRG validation, Amphion's CCQM utilizes credentialed consultants with extensive ICD-10 training to validate all codes contained with the chart. This ensures accuracy while identifying coder-specific areas of weakness in the overall process and educating the coder.
Direct communication with individual coders ensures a complete understanding of errors and recommended corrections, helping to close knowledge gaps. It also pinpoints particular areas where coders would benefit from targeted training and coding practice, such as the e-learning modules and practice records available through Amphion University.
"CCQM helps healthcare organizations prepare for the complex ICD-10 coding environment and comply with increasingly strict regulations to prevent fraud and abuse that mandate regular internal audits," said Terlep. "It is an extension of the commitment Amphion has made to providing our clients with the education and tools they need to succeed in an evolving healthcare landscape."
Based in Madison, Wis., Amphion Medical Solutions has a team of more than 600 transcription, coding and health IT professionals serving more than 150 clients. By providing a comprehensive set of engagement models, technology and services, Amphion improves clinical documentation quality, increases reimbursements and reduces costs. Its flagship product, Triton, is a voice-recognition transcription platform that uses advanced speech understanding to give providers greater control over reporting while saving significant time and financial resources. Themis is Amphion's remote coding solution, which secures a competitive market advantage and attracts qualified coders who want to use their skills in a home-based setting. Amphion also leverages its technology and seasoned, credentialed professionals to provide enhanced HIM and Health IT services at lower costs. Among these are comprehensive ICD-10 solutions, including skill assessment, live and self-paced web-based training, and a proprietary practice library, as well as a series of 15-minute instructional webinars on specific ICD-10 topics that are complimentary to registered users. For more information, go to www.amphionmedical.com.
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