Finance, Revenue Cycle

Minimizing the ICD-10 Impact by Focusing on the Codes That Matter

February 26, 2015     Rajiv Leventhal
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As it looks like the transition to ICD-10 is going to finally happen his year, providers may think that they will have to master 155,000 codes. But not so fast—one consulting firm as developed a shortcut to lessen to burden in the short term.

KLAS: Competition Between Epic, Cerner Stiffens

February 25, 2015     Rajiv Leventhal
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Stiffer competition between key vendors is causing a growing number of providers to be undecided about which electronic medical record (EMR) to purchase, according to a new report from the Orem, Utah-based KLAS research.

Study: IT Pros Lack Expertise to Handle Federal Mandates

February 19, 2015     Rajiv Leventhal
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Three out of five healthcare IT professionals believe that government mandates are having a negative effect on their industry, according to study from Peak 10, a Charlotte, N.C.-based national IT infrastructure and cloud services provider.

Study: ICD-10 Costs for Small Practices Less Than Previously Estimated

February 12, 2015     Rajiv Leventhal
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ICD-10 expenditures for small physician practices will not be as high as previously estimated, according to research from the Professional Association of Health Care Office Management, published recently in the Journal of the American Health Information...

Live from the iHT2 Miami Health IT Summit: The Imperfect Way to Securing ePHI

February 11, 2015     Rajiv Leventhal
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At the iHT2 Miami Health IT Summit, expert panelists discussed the best ways to protect patient data, agreeing that the vulnerability of the healthcare industry and the value of medical data makes the sector ripe for attack.

Live from the iHT2 Miami Health IT Summit: BI, Analytics Key to Reducing Readmissions

February 10, 2015     Rajiv Leventhal
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Predictive analytics is the next frontier in reducing avoidable readmissions, but many challenges remain to keeping patients out of the hospital, according to panelists at the iHT2 Health IT Summit in Miami.

Could the Anthem Lawsuits End Up Establishing De Facto Legal Standards for Data Protection?

February 9, 2015     Mark Hagland
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The filing within the past few days of class-action lawsuits against Anthem in four states, for its recent massive data breach, could help set legal precedents for the legal liability of health insurers and other healthcare organizations, for consumer data...

An Inflection Point for Federal ACO Development? Provider Leaders Throw Down the Gauntlet to CMS

February 7, 2015     Mark Hagland
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As clearly as they possibly could, the leaders of the nation’s accountable care organizations threw down the gauntlet at the feet of CMS officials this past week, asking for major changes to the MSSP program—before it’s too late

Streamlined Staffing: Taking the Guesswork Out of Labor Allocation

January 27, 2015     John DeGaspari
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At a time of continual change in the healthcare industry driven by an evolution in regulations, care delivery, and payment models amid rising demand for healthcare services, human resources professionals will be expected to do more with less.

GUEST BLOG: 2015 Promises a Year of Value and Data-Driven Change

January 26, 2015     Linda Lockwood, R.N. and Mike Garzone
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A recent report stated that U.S. healthcare spending increased 3.6 percent to reach $2.9 trillion in 2013, the fifth consecutive year of growth. This unsustainable growth, the continued reimbursement squeeze on healthcare providers and relentless regulatory...

AAFP: Physicians Forced to Switch EHRs, Unhappy With New Systems

January 21, 2015     Rajiv Leventhal
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The American Academy of Family Physicians Family Practice Management Journal has released a report that said doctors are being forced to switch electronic health records (EHRs) and there is widespread dissatisfaction among physicians who have switched.

Health IT VC Funding More Than Doubles in 2014

January 15, 2015     Rajiv Leventhal
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Venture capital funding in the healthcare IT sector in 2014 more than doubled last year’s total, coming in at $4.7 billion, according a new report from consulting firm Mercom Capital Group.
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