In today’s electronic world, coders have a variety of technology tools to make their jobs easier. These applications boost coder productivity while also improving code quality and accuracy.
With the inevitable implementation of ICD-10, the reliance on coding technology will become even more prevalent—and important. Here are key coding resources every coder should be aware of and have readily available for their coding journey:
- The 3M Encoder Application offers a number of resources available at a coder’s finger tips. Coders who are already using the 3M Encoder should be familiar with its capabilities, and should spend time learning how to maximize the application.
- Coding resources such as Coding Clinic and CPT Assistant are incorporated in the 3M Encoder, and clinical references such as Dorland’s Medical Dictionary and clinical pharmacology drug look-ups are also available.
Make the Most of Your Encoder
Scroll through all of the various encoder features and know how they can be used to enhance your coding experience. When coding in 3M, keep the following in mind:
- Highlight a code to review the references for that particular code, and receive guidance in appropriate code selection and sequencing.
- Look for symbols next to the terms during a code search (also located next to the final code). These symbols provide guidance related to CC/MCC, SOI/ROM, associated coding help messages, access to an anatomy plate, etc.
- The analyzer provides additional options to identify potential conditions for optimization with designations whether it affects the MS-DRG, SOI (severity of illness) or ROM (risk of mortality).
- Other features include grouping options and present on admission designation. Hospitals are also able to add their own specific help notes regarding a code.
3M also has a computer-assisted coding (CAC) product that provides a view of record documentation and annotates each document for possible diagnosis and procedure codes by recognizing key words and phrases that lead to coding suggestions. Its multiple features can be used to increase productivity in many ways.
Other important coder references
There are five other trusted clinical resources that coders should have at their disposal:
- Medical Dictionary (e.g. Dorland’s)
- Clinical disease process reference (e.g. Merck Manual)
- Anatomy and physiology reference (e.g. Atlas of Human Anatomy by Frank Netter)
- ICD-10-specific (Comprehensive Anatomy and Physiology for ICD-10-Cm and –PCS Coding)
- AHA Coding Handbook (ICD-9-CM and ICD-10-CM/PCS)
And of course, coders should use the Internet to access pertinent information on coding and reimbursement. At MRA, we find the following websites to be extremely valuable to coders.
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