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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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How a Small Direct Care Clinic in Arkansas is Getting Value Out of its EHR

May 5, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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In Rogers Arkansas, when Dan Weeden, M.D., and Joel Fankhauser, M.D., opened Direct Care Clinic of Northwest Arkansas, the doctors had a challenge ahead of them to select the right EHR.

Yale New Haven Health System Shares Lessons Learned On its Value Journey

May 4, 2016  |  Heather Landi
blog
Hospitals and health systems can glean significant lessons learned from Yale New Haven Health System's ongoing journey to improving quality and lowering costs, including the health system's willingness to openly share its challenges and best practices.

Could a Personal Letter Start a Medical Revolution?

May 4, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
blog
Could Dr. Martin Makary’s letter to Dr. Thomas Frieden, CDC director, asking for a change in how deaths are recorded, change how the U.S. healthcare system approaches medical errors in hospital care?

Johns Hopkins Research Finds Medical Errors Third Leading Cause of Death in U.S.; Author Asks CDC to Change ICD Coding System to Record Medical Errors

May 4, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
news
A just-published study by Johns Hopkins Medicine researchers finds 400,000 deaths a year due to medical errors in hospitals.

CMS Finalizes Its Quality Measure Program

May 3, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
news
Officials at CMS on Tuesday posted the agency’s finalized Quality Measurement Program on its website, focusing on identifying known measurement and performance gaps and developing measures in six key quality “domains”

Watching CMS Listen to Providers

May 3, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
blog
Last week’s announcement on the part of CMS officials proposing significant changes to Medicare payment for physicians signaled an increasing willingness on their part to dialogue iteratively with providers about what needs to be changed---and when

Survey: Most Digital Health Users Are Not Using EHRs to Manage Their Health

May 2, 2016  |  Heather Landi
news
While 60 percent of consumers who use digital health tools say they have an electronic health record (EHR), only 22 percent of these patients are accessing EHRs to help make medical decisions, according to a survey by HealthMine.

CHIME Calls for More Transparent, Uniform Interoperability Standards for Medical Devices

April 29, 2016  |  Heather Landi
news
The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) is calling on the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to collaborate with other federal agencies to ensure that medical devices are truly interoperable with electronic heath records (EHR) systems.

Survey: EHR Switches Resulted in Higher Than Expected Costs, Layoffs

April 29, 2016  |  Heather Landi
news
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.

Healthcare Informatics Recognized with Four ASHPE Awards

April 29, 2016  |  the HCI editors
news
Healthcare Informatics has been recognized by the American Society for Healthcare Publication Editors (ASHPE) with four awards as part of the ASHPE’s 2016 Awards Competition.

Healthcare Professional Associations Respond to New CMS Proposal for MD Reporting

April 27, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
article
The first statements by healthcare professional associations regarding CMS’s announcement of a new quality reporting program for physicians began emerging on Wednesday evening, hours after the announcement

BREAKING NEWS: CMS Announces Long-Awaited MACRA Proposed Rule; Program Includes MU Makeover for MDs

April 27, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
article
CMS officials announce their plan to replace the meaningful use program for Medicare-participating physicians with a new program under the MIPS program, called Advancing Care Information

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