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Revamping Radiology Workflows for Improved Billing Accuracy: A Large Hospital’s Experience

After multiple delays, healthcare organizations across the country are now required to code diagnoses and procedures using the 10th revision of International Statistical Classification of Disease and Related Health Problems, better known as ICD-10. Implementing this new coding system has been a pain point for many hospitals. With more than 68000 codes (up from ICD-9’s 14000), ICD-10 brings a variety of mapping and other technology issues that can hinder provider workflows and interfere with timely reimbursements. But with the October 15, 2015 deadline now passed, the onus is on hospitals, both in the business office and in the treatment room, to find creative ways to make it work. 

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Survey: EHR Switches Resulted in Higher Than Expected Costs, Layoffs, Negative Impact on Healthcare Delivery

April 29, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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Four years after what market research firm Black Book calls the inpatient electronic health record (EHR) “replacement frenzy,” surveyed clinicians expressed many doubts about the benefits of switching systems.

Report: Privilege Misuse and End User Errors Leading Threats to Healthcare Security

April 28, 2016  |  Heather Landi
news
End users are often the weakest link in an organization’s cyber defense as cyber criminals exploit human nature to execute attack patterns such as phishing, according to Verizon Enterprise’s 2016 Data Breach Investigations Report.

Survey: Execs Optimistic on Future of Health IT

April 27, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
news
Healthcare executives support electronic health records (EHRs) and a move to even wider communication amongst technology systems in the future, according to a new survey from financial services firm CIT Group and Harris Poll.

Facing Up to the Ransomware Crisis: What Healthcare IT Leaders Need to Do Right Now

April 23, 2016  |  Mark Hagland, Rajiv Leventhal, and Heather Landi
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Despite the sense of crisis in many quarters, industry experts say there are some very concrete, practical things that healthcare IT leaders can and should be doing right now to address the ransomware threat

Live from iHT2-Cleveland: Data Stewardship, Governance Issues Emerging as Huge Issues in Data-Fueled Organizations

April 19, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
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As the leaders of pioneering patient care organizations push their organizations forward to use data in innovative ways, one thing is clear: new models of data governance, stewardship, and management are going to be needed

Can Medicare’s New Comprehensive Primary Care Plus Model Help PCPs to “Score” in the New Healthcare?

April 19, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
blog
CMS’s announcement last week of the new Comprehensive Primary Care Plus model sends a clear signal about federal healthcare officials’ intentions around physician payment

Time to Face the Ransomware Crisis in U.S. Healthcare: Industry Experts Speak Out

April 18, 2016  |  Mark Hagland, Rajiv Leventhal, and Heather Landi
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With ransomware attacks hitting more and more U.S. patient care organizations, industry experts agree: it’s past time for healthcare IT leaders to think and act strategically to meet the crisis head-on

Rush University CMIO Patty: Time to Capture Data in a Way Not Burdensome to MDs

April 15, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
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Brian Patty, M.D., CMIO at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, shares his perspectives on the challenges and opportunities involved in physician documentation reform

Survey: 96% of Health IT Leaders Feel Vulnerable to Data Threats, Yet Focus Remains on Compliance

April 14, 2016  |  Heather Landi
news
Many healthcare organizations seem to be taking a “business as usual” approach with regard to security spending, as a survey of senior healthcare IT professionals found meeting compliance requirements was a higher spending priority than preventing data breaches.

What Will It Really Take to Shift from Volume to Value? Physician Leaders Ponder Engagement, Data Issues

April 11, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
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At the World Health Care Congress, being held in Washington, D.C., physician leaders from across the U.S. healthcare industry reflected on how exactly the transition from a volume-based system to a value-based system will actually unfold

Facing the Coming Diabetes Care Tsunami: Information Technology as a Key Enabler of Change

April 10, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
blog
Where can information technology fill major gaps in helping both providers and patients to work to improve health outcomes? Two recent managed care-focused articles point to the gaps

Baystate Health Leaders Leverage Virtualization, Convergence to Transform Their IT Infrastructure

April 8, 2016  |  Heather Landi
article
Baystate Health has launched a rebuild of its entire IT infrastructure with the aim of providing physicians and staff a technology platform that provides optimal application performance, accommodates ever-increasing demand while also controlling rising costs.

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