Finance, Revenue Cycle

CMS Releases Q&A Guidance on ICD-10 Flexibilities

July 28, 2015   |  Rajiv Leventhal
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has provided more clarification related to its July 6 joint announcement with the American Medical Association (AMA) regarding ICD-10 flexibilities.

MOST INTERESTING VENDORS: Cerner’s $1.3 Billion Bet

July 22, 2015   |  Gabriel Perna
This week, we present profiles of our "Most Interesting Vendors," healthcare IT vendor firms making waves in the industry, and whose trajectories speak to broader trends. On Aug. 5, 2014, the healthcare IT world was stood on its head when Cerner...

Healthcare Consultant Reveals “The Fallacy of ICD-10”

July 21, 2015   |  Rajiv Leventhal
While many people are concerned about more codes involved with ICD-10, one industry expert says the increased number of codes isn’t the real issue at hand.

5 Success Strategies for Healthcare Data Conversions

July 17, 2015   |  Shaman Akhtar, Senior Advisor at Impact Advisors.
As many healthcare organizations migrate from legacy electronic medical records (EMRs) to more integrated EMRs, medical providers and practitioners have valid concerns about if they will be able to view all the data they have collected on their patient...

Emdeon Acquires Altegra Health for $910M

July 8, 2015   |  Rajiv Leventhal
Emdeon, the Nashville, Tenn.-based revenue cycle management company, has announced that it has acquired the Miami, Fla.-based Altegra Health, a data aggregation and analytics vendor, for $910 million in cash.

Making Population Health Strides at Mennonite Health in Puerto Rico

July 6, 2015   |  Mark Hagland
Leaders at Mennonite Health System in Cayey, Puerto Rico are leveraging innovative analytics tools to maximize their population health efforts

Stop the Fight! ICD-10 is Comin’

July 2, 2015   |  Rajiv Leventhal
Another month has come and gone, which means that we’re just a little bit closer to Oct. 1, 2015, the deadline to transition to the ICD-10 coding set. Still, there are many people out there who continue to push back.

Survey: Provider Finance Departments Not Ready for Value-Based Contracts

June 30, 2015   |  Rajiv Leventhal
Only 15 percent say of finance departments at healthcare providers say they have the “very sophisticated” capabilities to support capitation, bundled payments, and quality-based payments that account for an increasingly larger component of revenue, according to...

Report: M&A Activity Ripe in Health IT Industry

June 26, 2015   |  Rajiv Leventhal
Merger and acquisition (M&A) activity in the healthcare IT segment improved 33 percent on a year-to-year basis, according to new research from New York City-based investment bank Berkery Noyes.

Survey: Physician Practices Still Lagging With ICD-10 Prep, Testing

June 22, 2015   |  Rajiv Leventhal
Provider organizations have completed many key steps in the ICD-10 implementation process, but are still lag behind in testing, according to a new survey from the eHealth Initiative and the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA).

ICD-10 Coalition Attacks Recent “Safe Harbor” Bills

June 18, 2015   |  Rajiv Leventhal
This week, the Coalition for ICD-10, a broad-based healthcare industry advocacy group, slammed two bills introduced into Congress that would create a “safe harbor” for physicians as they transition to the new coding set.

Navigating the Complex Translations from ICD-9 to ICD-10

June 9, 2015   |  Rajiv Leventhal
Changes in how medical diagnoses are coded under ICD-10 may complicate the financial analysis, research projects and training programs that depend on look-back comparisons of healthcare data, according to researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
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