If your organization employs a medical coding team, you know firsthand how the list of top qualifications for coders continues to evolve. However, with the recent emergence of artificial intelligence, it’s safe to say the medical coding field is undergoing some permanent changes. It’s the responsibility of hospitals and other healthcare institutions to understand the impact of these changes so they can be addressed for financial reimbursement purposes.
The rise of computer-assisted coding programs will continue to have the most dramatic impact on how medical coders perform their jobs – and how accurately health insurance companies are billed. With thousands of new medical codes being established by the World Health Organization (WHO), it’s become nearly impossible for coders to remember the numerous new codes for different diseases and treatments that are released each year.
Rather than rely on codebooks, medical coders will increasingly begin to use computer-assisted coding programs to perform their jobs in the most accurate and efficient way. These types of programs utilize artificial intelligence to interpret patients’ medical conditions and provide the most relevant codes for each case. This approach cuts down on coders having to constantly research and memorize hundreds of new codes, which can often be tedious and result in inaccurate billing.
Additionally, artificial intelligence will increasingly allow medical coders to do their jobs with more ease and efficiency, saving organizations time and money. Processes generated by artificial intelligence that streamline medical coding procedures will be instrumental in identifying coding errors, ultimately giving coders more time to focus on more complex tasks that cannot be performed by computer systems.
Healthcare organizations that provide medical coders with access to computer-based coding systems will improve both patient satisfaction and their bottom line. For the sake of both your organization and your medical coding employees, embracing changes rooted in artificial intelligence will allow your team to successfully shift to more advanced and efficient coding practices.
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