Computer Assisted Coding Industry Outlook and Resources Report
Transitioning Coding Professionals into New Roles in a Computer-Assisted Coding (CAC) Environment
Transitions are common in the healthcare marketplace today. Encoding of clinical data is a key element of the health information management (HIM) profession. It binds the provision of care to the systems serving both clinical and administrative needs. Coding professionals are experts at adapting to change, since the code sets and coding guidelines require frequent updates to keep pace with the science of medicine. Clinical terminologies and classification systems are an essential and compelling part of an optimal healthcare delivery system. The people who manage and use code sets can expect significant changes ahead, creating new roles and demanding new competencies.
This paper addresses the recent shift to automated workflow and innovation in information systems designed to improve the traditional coding process. This paper focuses on preparing coding professionals for automation of code assignment. Foundational understanding of existing and emerging technology is an important part of preparing for emerging roles.