News Feature | November 21, 2013

Ensure Compliance During ICD-10 Transition

Source: Health IT Outcomes

By Wendy Grafius, contributing writer

Implementation of Health Language solution expected to assist SummaCare in transitioning to ICD-10

SummaCare, part of Akron, OH, -based Summa Health System, has selected Health Language solutions from Wolters Kluwer Health, a leading global solutions provider for the healthcare industry. The leverage of LEAP I-10 and Provider Friendly Terminologies applications will assist the health insurance company in transitioning to ICD-10.

Wolters Kluwer Health’s many information solutions are used in medicine, nursing, allied health, and pharmacy. The Health Language platform will enable SummaCare to convert ICD-9 codes and DRGs to ICD-10 as part of its readiness strategy. The applications promote interoperability and help with problem and diagnosis search to allow compliance with regulatory initiatives. “SummaCare recognizes the critical need for a solid technology foundation to address the far-reaching impact of ICD-10 as well as to prepare for the looming regulatory landscape,” said Dennis Pijor, senior VP at SummaCare. “Drawing on the advanced technological infrastructure of Health Language to support standardization of medical terminologies helps position us for success with the challenges ahead.”

LEAP-10’s analytics foundation will also be used for content mapping needs and for impacting interactions with providers and accountable care organizations. “Effectively navigating the industry’s mammoth ICD-10 transition requires a level of advanced analytics processes and mapping strategies that many healthcare organizations are not prepared to address,” said Brian McDonald, Health Language VP at Wolters Kluwer Health Clinical Solutions. “Health Language provides the foundation needed to effectively address numerous initiatives amid an increasingly demanding regulatory environment, as well as position organizations for the future of health information exchange.”

Formed in 1989 with the merger of Akron City and St. Thomas Hospitals, Summa Health System is a nonprofit integrated healthcare delivery system, one of the largest in Ohio. It is nationally recognized for exceptional patient care at its eight hospitals and many community-based health centers, urgent care facilities, and emergency departments, and is an international resource for studies in geriatric, hospice, and palliative care. SummaCare, one of the region’s only provider-owned health insurance companies, was formed in the early 1990s to meet the needs of Akron’s large, self-funded employers. The health plan has grown both regionally and nationally, serving small to large employers and individuals, including Medicare beneficiaries, and is composed of 7000 participating physicians and 50 hospitals.

SOURCE: Business Wire

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