Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Where are all the ICD-10 diagnosis coding tools?

For the last couple weeks I’ve been on a search for software based coding tools that are used for coding ICD-10 diagnosis codes for the purpose of claims submission. I’m looking for something better than a glorified text search tool and something less than a high-cost, CAC/NLP-based module that's bundled with an EHR or that must be integrated into an EHR. Something that can be used by coders and physician’s alike. A tool that runs on a tablet; preferably without always needing an internet connection. Something that doesn't cost and arm and a leg. 

BTW, that’d be code S58911A for losing the arm and S88011A for the leg. :)

I’ve scoured the internet. I’ve reached out to some medical coding associates. I’ve queried my followers. I’ve created a blog post outlining the functionality I would like to see in an ICD-10 diagnosis coding tool and repeatedly shared it out to my network. I even created an online survey.

Here’s what I found. I’ve noted why I think they're not what I’m looking for.



Product
Vendor
Impression
AAPC Coder
AAPC
Online only
Code Manager Elite
AMA
Online. Very rudimentary.
Code Search
e-MDs
Simple text search
Codefinder
3M
Fat client
CodeRyte CodeAssist
3M
In the ballpark
Cypher
ICD-10 Logic
In the ballpark
Dragon Medical Advisor
Nuance
New. High end.
Encoder Pro Expert
Optum360
In the ballpark.
Encoder Pro Professional
Optum360
In the ballpark..
ezCAC
ezDI
API? Not standalone. High end
ezCDI 
ezDI
API? Not standalone. High end
Flash Code
Flash Code Solutions
Similar to Optum Encoder tools
ICD-10 Coder Ultimate
Super Coder
PC-based
PLATOCODE
eMTS
PC based
Problem (IT)
IMO
API. High end.
Select Coder
Decision Health
In the ballpark.
TruCode Encoder
TruCode
API? Hard to determine
 

My Findings

So I’ve found about five ICD-10 Diagnosis Coding Tools that are “in the ballpark.” But none of these operate on a tablet and all require an always-on Internet connection.

What am I doing wrong? Where am I not looking? Am I being unreasonable? Can someone point me to the ICD-10 diagnosis coding tool I’ve described at the start of this post? If so, please, please, please contact me.


If you can't help me but can share any info about your experience with ICD-9 coding tools, please take my survey.

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