HIM Scene, a leading industry blog for health information management professionals, recognizes the need to carefully weigh outsourced coding options in a post ICD-10 environment in their October post. With 70 percent of outsourcing clients expected to extend current outsourcing contracts through 2020 , now is the time to re-evaluate coding partnerships with a careful eye on privacy, security and quality.
In this HIM Scene article, Sarah Humbert, RHIA, ICD-10 AHIMA Certified Trainer, Coding and Compliance Manager for KIWI-TEK, lists the common concerns reported by hospitals and health systems using offshore coding services:
Humbert suggests HIM professionals carefully explore, vet and secure detailed service level agreements before even considering the offshore option. Three important caveats are provided.
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