New North Shore-LIJ Business Unit to Commercialize Coding Services

GREAT NECK, N.Y., Sept. 29, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The North Shore-LIJ Health System today announced the creation of HealthForce, a new business unit that is offering medical coding services to other healthcare organizations across the country. Cyndi Thomas has recently joined HealthForce as vice president of business development. HealthForce services are designed to ensure that healthcare providers have accurate coding and are fully prepared for the transition to the new ICD-10 system.

HealthForce has a staff of more than 100 experienced coders who will provide coding services to hospitals and health systems nationwide. "HealthForce is committed to quality and compliance. Our medical records coders have all gone through quality checks," Ms. Thomas explained. "They are trained, supervised and mentored under the same strict standards operating at North Shore-LIJ. Our coders have a proven track record of success in seeing projects through from start to finish."

By October 1, 2015, the Affordable Care Act requires that all healthcare systems in the United States begin using ICD-10 (International Classification of Diseases, 10th edition) medical documentation and coding procedures. ICD-10 will replace the current coding system, ICD-9, for all medical reporting and payment processes except workers' compensation and no-fault insurance. This conversion impacts the way medical services are documented, coded and billed as well as how healthcare providers are reimbursed for providing patient care. Failure to effectively adopt and use the new ICD-10 code set by the deadline will result in significant financial consequences for health systems.

"With its vast expertise in medical coding, North Shore-LIJ brings enormous value in helping healthcare organizations understand the financial implications of this transition to ICD-10," said Frank Danza, the health system's senior vice president and chief revenue officer. "We are unique in the coding outsourcing business because we don't require clients to outsource their entire Revenue Cycle. Unlike others, we are not a staff augmentation company. We apply the same accuracy and quality oversight for our clients as we do for our own coding operations, delivering dedicated support from individual coders with the expertise to meet the specific needs of our customers."

Ms. Thomas has 18 years experience staffing credentialed and experienced hospital coders. She has successfully built two contract coding enterprises at nationally respected staffing companies.

To learn more about HealthForce and its services, contact Ms. Thomas at 516-580-9692

About North Shore-LIJ Health System

One of the nation's largest health systems, North Shore-LIJ delivers world-class clinical care throughout the New York metropolitan area, pioneering research at The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research, a visionary approach to medical education highlighted by the Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine, and healthcare coverage to individuals, families and businesses through the CareConnect Insurance Co. Inc. North Shore-LIJ cares for people at every stage of life at 17 hospitals and more than 400 outpatient physician practices throughout the region. North Shore-LIJ's owned hospitals and long-term care facilities house more than 6,000 beds, employ more than 10,000 nurses and have affiliations with over 9,400 physicians. With a workforce of about 48,000, North Shore-LIJ is the largest private employer in New York State.

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Source:North Shore Long Island Jewish Health System