Harris Corporation to support VA’s transition to new coding standards

by | Nov 2, 2011

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has awarded Harris Corporation a $5.3 million two-year contract to provide remediation to the VA’s Health Administration Center (HAC) Cache System to address new medical coding standards. Harris will support the VA’s migration to new coding]]>

This transition will also help HAC to produce more accurate records as well as conduct more detailed population assessments and studies. Additionally, the ICD-10 migration will improve the HAC’s payment systems for veterans and their family members with more accurate billing information. The Harris team, along with subcontractors 7 Delta Inc. and Vangent Inc., will complete all phases of the ICD-10 integration and software development life cycle.

International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems (ICD) Codes are used to classify diseases and other medical problems under a single standard and promote international comparability with treatment and billing. As part of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) 5010 transition, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has mandated that all covered healthcare entities be ICD-10 compliant by Oct. 1, 2013.

“The ICD-10 transition will enable the HAC to improve the accuracy and efficiency of claims processing for veterans and their family members,” said Jim Traficant, president, Harris Healthcare. “By migrating to ICD-10, the Health Administration Center continues to lead the healthcare industry in adopting the latest standards to better serve our veterans.”

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