Native coding is the process of assigning an ICD-10 diagnosis code directly based on clinical documentation. With ICD-10 here, practices everywhere are being encouraged to natively code using the new code reference sources rather than using crosswalks and tables.
Here are a few ways native coding can benefit your practice:
Promotes Higher Coder Productivity
“Perfection paralysis” is an all-too familiar phenomenon within coding departments. It happens when coders get stuck interpreting guidelines–second-guessing the significance and consistency of documentation–to the point where an inordinate amount of time has been spent for just one record. By incorporating native coding into their everyday routine, coders can break out of this funk and improve their productivity without a sense of compromising quality.
More Accurate Testing
Testing scenarios, both internal and external, should be done with natively coded data. By sending natively coded test data most commonly used by your practice, you can determine internally if reports populate correctly with the ICD-10 data or need to be recalibrated to accept it. Similarly, it is better to rely on native coding rather than mapping tools, because the former provides a more accurate representation of the data that will flow externally. An analysis of this data will reveal areas of focus for documentation improvement.
Native coding with the new ICD-10 code sets will expose coding staff time and workflow logic, allowing managers to fully examine areas that may benefit from adjustment. From post-code edits to audit contract work and other compliance related activities, native coding positively impacts productivity, saving valuable time in the process.
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