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Nextech Announces ICD-10 Upgrades Within Its Version 11.3 Software

Healthcare IT | Compliance

Solution Upgrades Are Seamlessly Embedded Within Billing and EMR Modules to Maintain Workflow Efficiency During the ICD-10 Transition

TAMPA, FL--(Marketwired - August 13, 2014) - Nextech, a leading provider of fully integrated electronic medical records (EMR), practice management, and marketing software solutions for specialty physician practices, today announced the release of key ICD-10 enhancements found in its Nextech version 11.3 software.

This announcement comes as the Department of Health and Human Services officially adopts the newly set October 1, 2015, deadline for the transition to the ICD-10 coding system. The Nextech ICD-10 solution is embedded within Nextech's Billing and EMR modules to ensure a simple, intuitive and seamless ICD-10 transition. Providers' personalized templates will not be changed as a part of the upgrade, allowing practices to maintain workflow efficiency while adjusting to as little change as possible during the transition.

The Nextech ICD-10 solution was created to account for three key scenarios that providers, billers and coders may encounter as they make the switch to ICD-10:

  • Direct matches: Nextech has embedded the CMS General Equivalency Mappings (GEMS) cross walks into the Billing and EMR modules for cases when there is a one to one match between ICD-9 to ICD-10 codes. This allows providers to view the direct ICD-10 code next to its corresponding ICD-9 code.
  • Many matches: Nextech developed NexGEMS™ as a part of the ICD-10 solution to help practices determine the most specific match possible when there are multiple codes to choose from, thereby reducing search time and unnecessary navigation to select the correct ICD-10 code.
  • No Matches: Approximately one quarter of ICD-10 codes do not have a match within the ICD-9 code set or are brand new codes. As such, the Nextech ICD-10 solution includes NexCode™, a robust tool that allows providers to quickly and easily build an ICD-10 code based on the system, the location and a series of quick questions.

"The Nextech ICD-10 solution will certainly help maintain the existing rhythm of all practices, especially busy practices," says Juliana Casey, billing and eligibility specialist at Reflections Dermatology in Orlando, Fla. "The sooner providers become accustomed to the Nextech ICD-10 solution, the easier the transition will be on October 1, 2015."

In addition to technical support, Nextech will be incorporating ICD-10 education into the company's national training seminars and webinars throughout 2014, and, as always, will be available for questions throughout the upgrade and transition process.

"No matter the final deadline for the ICD-10 transition, Nextech remains steadfast in supporting its clients by ensuring each provider is upgraded, trained and effectively using ICD-10 well in advance of industry deadlines," says David Henriksen, CEO of Nextech. "The Nextech ICD-10 solution allows providers to work in both ICD-9 and ICD-10, so that when the transition does take place, practices can easily maintain the existing rhythm of their practice."

About Nextech

Nextech deploys specialty-focused healthcare technology for physician practices. As a trusted advisor to thousands of specialty providers since 1997, Nextech delivers consultative guidance, professional services and innovative tools that enable clients to increase efficiencies while meeting their long-term business goals. The company's robust solutions integrate seamlessly with value-added modules to create a single, intuitive platform that streamlines clinical, administrative, financial and marketing workflows. To learn how Nextech's advanced offerings help specialty providers succeed in a fast-changing healthcare environment, visit