Posted in Workflow

How to improve ICD-10 productivity with remote coding

Carl Natale
by Carl Natale
How to improve ICD-10 productivity with remote coding

Medical coding productivity may be returning to pre-ICD-10 levels but there still is more ICD-10 coders. To meet that demand, For the Record explains how remote coding could provide strong advantages for healthcare providers:

  • Greater flexibility in staffing
  • Deeper pool of medical coding expertise
  • Reduced costs
  • Availability of medical coders when case loads increase

That doesn't mean remote coding comes without disadvantages. Distributed workforces require extra communication and organization to keep workflow productive. Key factors to be considered:

  • Monitor coder productivity metrics without micromanaging
  • Track time spent on cases
  • Audit quality
  • Share audit and productivity reports with remote coders
  • Offer recognition for good work and make them part of the internal teams
  • Conduct regular virtual meetings
  • Offer education and training sessions

The key is to keep remote coders connected to the internal staff.