NS-LIJ Launches Coding Biz

Long Island Business News
October 3, 2014
North Shore-LIJ Launches Coding Biz

Officials for the North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System believe they can cash in by helping providers crack a new code.

As part of its push beyond providing services to patients, the North Shore-LIJ Health System has launched HealthForce, a new business that offers medical coding services to healthcare organizations nationwide.

The Great Neck-based system said it created the new business unit as healthcare providers transition to the new ICD-10 coding system, which goes into effect next October. This new methodology replaces the current medical coding approach used to report and process all healthcare payments other than workers’ compensation and no-fault insurance.

More than 100 coders will provide services through the new business, which comes on the heels of the system’s creation of its insurance company offshoot, CareConnect.

Cyndi Thomas, who joined HealthForce as vice president of business development, said in a written statement that the unit will help provide “quality and compliance.”

She said HealthForce’s coders are “trained, supervised and mentored under the same strict standards operating at North Shore-LIJ.”

North Shore-LIJ officials say HealthForce lets providers outsource coding, without hiring additional staff or outsourcing the entire billing process. North Shore-LIJ has grown to 17 hospitals, long-term care facilities and more than 400 outpatient physician practices, including more than 6,000 beds.

The system employs a 48,000-person workforce, including more than 10,000 nurses, and has affiliations with more than 9,400 physicians.

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