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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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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

Within MACRA Proposed Rule, Health IT Leaders Ponder the Complexity of the “New” Meaningful Use

April 28, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
article
With the release of a proposed MACRA rule on April 27, the federal government announced changes to the existing MU program, leaving Medicare physicians with nearly 1,000 pages of reading to examine how the new program, called Advancing Care Information, and...

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

Working with FHIR: Micky Tripathi’s Vision of Standards-Driven API Development in Healthcare

April 27, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
blog
Micky Tripathi, CEO of the Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative, shared with me a nuanced, insightful view of the journey ahead on interoperability in healthcare—one that avoids the binary thinking so common in healthcare

At iHT2-Cleveland, Micky Tripathi Offers a Nuanced View of FHIR and Its Transformative Potential

April 27, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
article
Industry-leading expert Micky Tripathi of the Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative shares his perspectives on the promise and pitfalls of leveraging the FHIR standard for application development going forward

New Survey: Clinician Leaders Reveal their Care Coordination Priorities, Challenges

April 25, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
article
A new survey of clinical and operational leaders from across the continuum of care reveals the main areas of focus of care coordination efforts in patient care organizations nationwide—with implication for IT leaders

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
article
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: Geisinger’s Shift from an EDW-Dependent Data Strategy to a Big-Data Strategy

April 19, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
article
John M. Kravitz, CIO of Geisinger Health System, shared with attendees at the Health IT Summit in Cleveland some of the developments taking place at his organization around the leveraging of data for care delivery improvement

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

April 18, 2016  |  Mark Hagland, Rajiv Leventhal, and Heather Landi
article
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

At the Cleveland CHIME LEAD Forum, an FBI Special Agent Urges Healthcare Leaders to Proactively Engage with his Agency

April 18, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
article
At the Cleveland CHIME LEAD Forum, Supervisory Special Agent Bryan P. Smith told healthcare IT leaders that the FBI wants to engage proactively with patient care organization leaders in order to fight cybercrime

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

April 15, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
article
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

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