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Amphion Medical Solutions Helps Hospitals Leverage New ICD-10 Deadline to Address Coder Shortage

One-year bump in new coding system go-live provides hospitals a unique opportunity to leverage a full array of supplemental staffing options

MADISON, Wis. – Oct. 16, 2012 – Amphion Medical Solutions, an innovative provider of transcription and coding technology and outsourcing services, is poised to help hospitals and healthcare organizations meet the critical staffing challenges predicted to occur in tandem with the coming ICD-10 transition. Recently delayed to Oct. 1, 2014, the new deadline for converting to the expanded coding system provides hospitals with a unique opportunity to identify innovative approaches to proactively address anticipated staffing gaps created by the increased demand for services.

“The healthcare industry is facing a shortage of nearly 70,000 coders in the coming years, and hospitals that expect to meet the ICD-10 challenge should already be taking steps to address workforce demand,” said Mike Cavill, chairman and co-founder, Amphion Medical Solutions. “Amphion understands these challenges and has packaged a full array of options that cover strategies for both internal staff expansion and third-party outsourcing to meet needs.”

The magnitude of the ICD-10 transition—which expands the number of diagnosis and procedure codes from 17,000 choices to 141,000—is one factor contributing to increased coder demand that industry estimates predict will lead to shortages of 30% to 50% nationwide. Further escalating the problem is a growing aging population that will require more healthcare services and more extensive medical care, alongside an aging coder workforce that may choose to retire rather than invest time in learning the new coding system.

To counter these trends, Amphion offers a comprehensive package of coding solutions, starting with overflow services and extending to full outsourcing. Services can be designed to cover long-term contracts or work on a project-by-project basis to alleviate costly backlogs that can delay billing and reimbursement processes in hospitals. Amphion also provides ICD-10 training programs that include pre- and post-assessment tools to identify staff knowledge gaps and ensure readiness.

To further develop in-house coding resources, Amphion offers turn-key and customizable training programs to cross-train and transition complementary staff functions to coding. In particular, transcriptionists can be a great resource pool to draw from as a closely-aligned function that is currently facing the opposite problem—downsizing. Training programs can be provided onsite or remotely with one of the company’s coding educators leading the classes and are backed by 100% quality monitoring that ensures 95% accuracy.

About Amphion Medical Solutions

Founded in 2001, Amphion Medical Solutions (www.amphionmedical.com) delivers complete services and technology solutions to meet healthcare clients’ transcription and coding needs. With extensive healthcare expertise and leading-edge technology, Amphion leverages the proven benefits of transcription and coding outsourcing and provides organizations with the technology they need to manage an in-house transcription team. Featured products include Triton, a speech understanding transcription platform, and Themis, a remote coding solution.

November 22, 2012 I Written By

Amphion Medical Solutions Launches Triton Health Document Cloud™

Innovative cloud-based solution provides hospitals with the flexibility needed to respond to evolving transcription needs

MADISON, Wis. – Aug. 28, 2012 – Amphion Medical Solutions, an innovative provider of transcription and coding technology and outsourcing services, announced today the launch of Triton Health Document Cloud™. The flexible cloud-based transcription solution helps hospitals maximize budgets and resources, in part by facilitating a seamless transition between in-house and outsourced services in response to evolving needs.

“Amphion understands the challenge hospitals face to continuously deliver superior transcription services despite rapidly changing dictation volumes,” said Mike Cavill, chairman and co-founder, Amphion Medical Solutions. “For years, Triton has been the platform across which Amphion delivered the transcription services that helped our clients achieve those quality outcomes. Now Triton is available to any hospital interested in leveraging the power of the cloud to reduce costs and better manage their in-house transcription resources.”

Triton Health Document Cloud integrates M*Modal’s advanced speech understanding and natural language processing (NLP) technologies to create the next generation of clinical documentation workflow. It improves productivity by providing organizations with multiple options: providing transcriptionists with highly accurate documents ready for editing or giving clinicians the option to dictate, review and electronically sign reports in one session or send partial dictations to the transcriptionist for completion.

Triton also provides hospitals with the flexibility to retain all transcription in-house or to seamlessly shift overflow or full services to Amphion’s experienced transcription team as needed. Further, Triton is based upon Amphion’s “right-sized” demand-based pricing model, which means hospitals pay only for the transcribed volumes produced. This reduces costs by aligning transcription expenses with actual utilization.

“The flexibility of the Triton platform streamlines our transcription processes, while the robust management console gives us the ability to easily track all transcription-related activities and quickly adjust to changes in volume,” said Nancy Cloutier, HIM director of Boston-based Hallmark Health System. “Triton has helped us accelerate turnaround times, increase efficiencies and save time and money. It is unlike anything we have ever experienced before.”

Its robust speech understanding capabilities mean Triton is positioned to help hospitals meet proposed Stage 2 Meaningful Use criteria by translating physician dictation into searchable, structured information. Narrative clinical data, including diagnostic, procedural, medication and allergy information, is indexed and encoded for download into the hospital’s electronic health record (EHR) system, while Triton’s NLP capabilities transform narrative dictation into standardized, structured and codified HL7-compliant CDA output.

The Triton platform integrates easily with admission-discharge-transfer (ADT) and EHR systems and can be deployed by department or enterprise-wide. Finally, because Triton is cloud-based, no upfront investment in hardware or software is required and ongoing maintenance costs are eliminated.

About Amphion Medical Solutions

Founded in 2001, Amphion Medical Solutions (www.amphionmedical.com) delivers complete outsourcing services and solutions to meet healthcare clients’ transcription, coding and technology needs. With extensive healthcare expertise and leading-edge technology, Amphion leverages the proven benefits of transcription and coding outsourcing and provides organizations with the technology they need to manage an in-house transcription team. Featured products include Triton, a voice-recognition transcription platform, and Themis, a remote coding solution.

September 24, 2012 I Written By

Amphion Medical Solutions’ Core Measure Abstraction and Validation Service Enables Rapid Intervention, Drives Measurable Improvement

The Core Measure Enhancement Program is among the innovative services featured by Amphion in Booth #113 at the IHI National Forum on Quality Improvement

MADISON, Wis. – (Dec. 5, 2012) – Core measures have taken center stage under new care and reimbursement models, intensifying pressure on hospitals to continuously monitor and intervene as necessary to ensure peak performance. The solution for many facilities is the innovative Core Measure Enhancement Program from Amphion Medical Solutions, which will be featured in Booth #113 at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s (IHI’s) 24th Annual National Forum on Quality Improvement in Healthcare, taking place Dec. 9-12 in Orlando, Fla.

“Achieving internal and external core measure benchmarks impacts multiple aspects of a hospital’s clinical, operational and financial performance,” said Mike Cavill, chairman and co-founder, Amphion Medical Solutions (Booth #113), an innovative provider of transcription and coding technology and outsourcing services. “By partnering with Amphion, hospitals shift the burden of core measure management to the capable shoulders of our highly experienced staff, which has a deep understanding of quality improvement principles and techniques and program specifications.”

Amphion’s Core Measures Enhancement Program is managed by a team of experts with in-depth knowledge of specifications from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and The Joint Commission. By dedicating staff to each hospital client, Amphion is uniquely positioned to identify aberrant patterns and trends, offer recommendations for improvement and provide real-time feedback. This ultimately allows hospitals to intervene early as needed to maintain high core measure performance levels.

Amphion manages the entire core measure process, from abstraction through validation. This includes:

  • Hospital staff education
  • Identification and analysis of problem areas and new protocol implementation
  • Recommendations for documentation and process improvements
  • Strategies and best practices to improve publicly reported scores
  • Monthly and quarterly performance results reports

“Managing core measures performance is a complex process that significantly impacts a hospital’s clinical and financial outcomes,” said Cavill. “By outsourcing to Amphion’s Core Measures Enhancement Program, hospitals can be assured of professional, accurate and cost-effective management to ensure compliance with all established benchmarks.”

About Amphion Medical Solutions

Founded in 2001, Amphion Medical Solutions (www.amphionmedical.com) delivers complete services and technology solutions to meet healthcare clients’ transcription and coding needs. With extensive healthcare expertise and leading-edge technology, Amphion leverages the proven benefits of transcription and coding outsourcing and provides organizations with the technology they need to manage an in-house transcription team. Featured products include Triton, a speech understanding transcription platform, and Themis, a remote coding solution.

January 1, 2012 I Written By