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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

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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.

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

April 28, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
article
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April 27, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
article
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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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April 22, 2016  |  Heather Landi
news
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April 19, 2016  |  Heather Landi
news
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Can Medicare’s New Comprehensive Primary Care Plus Model Help PCPs to “Score” in the New Healthcare?

April 19, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
blog
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Study: Behavioral Health Diagnoses, Visits and Hospitalizations Underrepresented in EHRs

April 15, 2016  |  Heather Landi
news
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Report: ONC’s Regional Extension Centers Program Boosted EHR Adoption

April 13, 2016  |  Heather Landi
news
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT’s (ONC) Regional Extension Centers (RECs) program had a significant impact on increasing meaningful use success among physicians and small providers, according to an ONC report.

Georgia REC Closing in on Meaningful Use Goals

April 7, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
news
Georgia's only federally endorsed health IT regional extension center (REC) has announced that it is closing on its goal of getting all the eligible primary care providers, critical access and rural hospitals in the state to attest to Stage 1 of meaningful...

AMIA Calls SAMHSA's 42 CFR Part 2 Revision Insufficient

April 7, 2016  |  David Raths
article
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news
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