SOURCE: MCPc, Inc.

MCPc, Inc.

November 08, 2013 12:11 ET

MCPc Announces Program, Simplifies ICD-10 Migration

Technology Consultancy & Integrator Announces Work-From-Home Platform for Healthcare Programmers & Coders for Migrating From ICD-9 to ICD-10

CLEVELAND, OH--(Marketwired - November 08, 2013) - MCPc has announced the launch of a program specifically catering to healthcare systems in the midst of migrating from ICD-9 to ICD-10 coding systems. MCPc's ICD-10 Program has launched to meet the needs of many of its healthcare sector clientele.

The ICD-10 is the latest version of the International Classification of Diseases, the standard diagnostic tool for epidemiology, health management and clinical purposes. Throughout the United States, healthcare systems have been struggling to implement the ICD-10 coding system, migrating from ICD-9. That struggle originates from the need to have talented programmers, or "coders," restructure the computerized processes which are implicated in the caregiving process.

"There is a significant demand right now for these skilled resources," said Mike Riley, MCPc's Director, Healthcare Solutions. "There is an undeniable increase in the need for these coders, but not all of them are local to the hospitals or their supporting datacenters. The coders are scattered across a large geographical area, and often across the state line from hospitals where they might otherwise work, complicating regulatory and compliance issues. With these business issues in mind, MCPc has developed an extension of its award- winning anyplace workspace® to provide a model that combines technology with our insane drive for service excellence. This model assists in delivering a secure connection to identified coders so they can connect to the health systems, regardless of their geographical location."

MCPc's ICD-10 Program starts by providing the coder with a standardized technology kit which includes computer hardware, software, and a high speed data connection. These kits are built with each health system's IT department to ensure that standards and proper governance are met. Riley went on to explain, "Once the coder receives the kit, an engineer is dispatched to ensure that the coder's equipment is operating and functional. The coder now has the ability to code." Riley described how MCPc continued to support coders in these roles of remote work, saying, "The balance of MCPc's program is to ensure the coder stays productive. Any downtime puts the ICD-10 go-live goal at risk, and creates an economic impact to the health system."

The urgency to convert healthcare systems is federally mandated with a deadline of October 1st, 2014. This deadline has already been extended by the Department of Health and Human Services from that same date in 2013. If healthcare systems are not operating according to the ICD-10 system by that deadline, they will be unable to recover their costs through the insurance establishment.

Nationally, recruiters working for large health systems are armed with quota goals and financial incentives to uproot entire fleets of coders, enticing them to switch employers. While the prevailing sentiment amongst coders is against relocation, most are willing to work from home. This presents several logistical challenges, especially providing the necessary support once the coder is set up and working. MCPc's ICD-10 Program helps to address these business issues by creating and managing the infrastructure needed for healthcare systems to connect the coder to their data center.

Simultaneously, healthcare systems have announced significant cuts to their budgets, mandating lower costs- per-employees, complicating recruitment for essential projects like ICD-10 migration. MCPc's anyplace workspace® ICD-10 Program addresses both issues: linking programmers to healthcare systems (no matter where the programmer is located), and limiting the overall cost to the healthcare system as it augments its staff.

"The uncertainty about provider readiness is confirmed in another recent readiness survey in which nearly 50% of the 2,140 provider respondents did not know when they would complete their impact assessment of the ICD-10 transition," according to a recent report1 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.1 As part of its anyplace workspace®, MCPc has created its streamlined ICD-10 Program to enable healthcare systems to recruit programmers, and securely link them to their data management systems efficiently and effectively, accelerating the ability of healthcare systems to be responsive to regulatory pressures.

MCPc's ICD-10 Program within the anyplace workspace® is launching to serve the need of existing and potential clients, serving as a single-point solution to enable healthcare systems to migrate from ICD-9 to ICD-10. More information about the ICD-10 Program can be found by contacting MCPc.

About MCPc

MCPc delivers scalable solutions to host, secure and optimize an anyplace workspace-helping clients empower their employees to work from anywhere, and on any device. The company is a top 100 solution integrator, driven by partnerships with the world's leading technology providers. Headquartered in Cleveland, and with branch locations across the United States, MCPc maintains practice areas in datacenter and virtualization, borderless networks, collaboration, personal systems, mobility, imaging and printing, and professional and managed services.

From the data center to the desktop and into the cloud, MCPc ensures client success by leveraging IT to drive business performance, improve productivity and increase revenue. For more information, visit www.mcpc.com, subscribe to MCPc's business technology blog, or connect with the company on LinkedInTwitter, or Facebook.

1 http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2012-09-05/pdf/2012-21238.pdf

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