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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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Study Indicates Web-Based Tools Can Aid in the Prevention of Major Depressive Disorder

May 5, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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A study conducted by researchers in Germany and the Netherlands, and published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), showed promising results for the use of web-based, guided self-help intervention for the prevention of major depressive...

MIPS Mobile Challenge Aims to Give Clinicians Real-Time Information and Assistance

May 3, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has launched a competition to develop a mobile platform to help educate physicians and clinicians about the new Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) program.

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

April 29, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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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.

Healthcare Informatics Recognized with Four ASHPE Awards

April 29, 2016  |  the HCI editors
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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.

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

April 28, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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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.

Health Leaders Talk Data Analytics, Precision Medicine and the Opportunities, and Challenges, for Patient Care

April 27, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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Health leaders, legislators and technology innovators discussed the growing role that data analytics and precision medicine play in healthcare, cancer diagnosis and treatment and the implications going forward at an industry event in Washington, D.C. on...

AHA Brief: Coverage for Telehealth Services Not Keeping Pace with Care Delivery Innovations

April 26, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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There is a growing body of evidence that telehealth can not only expand access to services but also create cost savings, yet limited coverage impedes the expansion of telehealth services, the American Hospital Association wrote in a recent brief on telemedicine.

AHIMA Releases Patient Portal Toolkit for Health Information Management Professionals

April 21, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) has developed a patient portal toolkit to provide guidance on the issues, latest regulatory requirements, opportunities and challenges of implementing a patient portal.

For Telemedicine Providers, the Policy Landscape Continues to Have Both Gains and Losses, Report Says

April 20, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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When it comes to telehealth laws and reimbursement policies, legislators and policy makers across the country seem to be taking one step forward and then one step back, according to a new report from The Center for Connected Health Policy (CCHP).

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

April 14, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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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.

Report: Health IT VC Funding Hit $1.4B in Q1 2016

April 14, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
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Venture capital (VC) funding in the health IT sector increased 27 percent quarter-over-quarter, coming in at $1.4 billion in 146 deals, compared to $1.1 billion in 145 deals in Q4 2015, according to a new report from Austin, Texas-based Mercom Capital Group.

Cleveland Clinic Partners with CVS Health on MinuteClinic Telemedicine Services

April 14, 2016  |  Heather Landi
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In a collaboration with CVS Health and American Well, Cleveland Clinic providers will now be available for on-demand visits with CVS MinuteClinic customers in Ohio through a new telemedicine platform.

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