In December 2014, the Medical Group Management Association started selling in its online store the Cypher ICD-10 coding and documentation software from ICD Logic. As the compliance date nears and with the addition of a 30-day risk-free guarantee, the association is more heavily marketing the product not just to its members, but to any physician practice.
Normally costing $55 per user per month, the MGMA price is now $29.75 a month. Until recently, many practices havent done a lot of work on ICD-10 as they waited to see if the deadline would be moved further back, says Jackie Morey, co-founder of ICD Logic. But when the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and American Medical Association recently agreed on policy concessions that will ease compliance during the first year, it became clear to lagging practices they had to start moving, she adds.
MGMA is promoting the product because it lets physicians properly document to support a particular code, says Robert Tennant, director of HIT policy.
Cypher offers step-by-step guidance to aid physicians in documenting with specificity the type of condition such as a fracture, including the type and place of fracture, the soft tissue damage, what the wound looks like, cause of the fracture, complications, comorbidities and other issues to substantiate the severity of the condition and level of care. The software then automatically generates appropriate ICD-10 and ICD-9 codes.
The cloud-based software can be up and running within one hour, according to the vendor. More information is available here.
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