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MEDICAL CODING, A UNIVERSAL LANGUAGE IN THE 21ST CENTURY


January 16, 2017

Since Hippocrates, physicians have tried to classify diseases and related information (signs, symptoms, abnormal findings, social circumstances, external causes, etc). After several inconsistent approaches, the first modern system of codes named the International Classification of Causes of Death was introduced in 1900. It was followed by subsequent revisions about every decade, and renamed later as ICD, the International Classification of Diseases. In 1992 WHO published the current version, ICD-10, which was embraced gradually by most countries, with the latest adopter being United Stated in October 2015. Yet, after ten revisions and over a hundred years, the coding book has become thicker, but its structure has not changed significantly, it is still mono-hierarchical and inconsistent, with diseases classified by their anatomy and occasionally by etiology. For example, while ...

HOW AN ARIZONA STARTUP PLANS TO BAIL OUT MEDICAL PROVIDERS DROWNING IN CODES


January 16, 2017

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Last week I met with a local physician, Alex Tanase, who with another physician and a data scientist has developed a remarkable piece of health care software called Notovox. It’s a mobile app that makes intelligible the arcane process of medical billing. In the next few months, it may lower the suicide rate among medical billing coders. Yes, there’s such a thing as a coder in medical billing. But it’s not a software engineer.

Remember that piece of mail from the health insurance company that you never understand? The one that tells you how much the provider charged, how much the insurance company paid, and how much you have to pay?That’s called an EOB, or explanation of benefi...