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How Natural Language Processing is Helping to Revitalize Physician Documentation

September 25, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
In our September/October cover story, experts discuss how leading healthcare organizations are finding ways to preserve the patient narrative in the note for all care team members involved.

CMS to Excuse PQRS Penalties Due to ICD-10 Hiccup

January 10, 2017  |  Rajiv Leventhal
According to a message from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), some physicians will get a pass from the federal agency in 2017 and 2018 when it comes to the application of penalties related to a failure to meet Physician Quality Reporting...

Washington Debrief: Congress Adjourns for the Year, 115th Congress Sworn in Jan. 3

December 20, 2016  |  Leslie Kriegstein, Vice President of Congressional Affairs, CHIME
Members of Congress have left town for the year, and the 115th Congress will take their places on January 3, 2017.

CMS to End ICD-10 Grace Period on October 1

August 22, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
After announcing last year that it would not deny Medicare physician claims for 12 months as long as the ICD-10 code was “from the right family,” the CMS has said that the grace period for healthcare providers will expire on Oct.1, 2016.

RCM in the New Healthcare: How Hospitals and Health Systems are Adapting to Change

July 28, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
Impact Advisors’ revenue cycle management practice director discusses the biggest RCM challenges hospitals and health systems are facing today, and RCM’s changing role in the new healthcare.

Survey: Coding Productivity Fell After ICD-10 Implementation

June 15, 2016  |  Heather Landi
After the ICD-10 go-live on Oct. 1, many providers, in the weeks that followed, reported only minimal disruptions. Now, seven months after ICD-10 implementation, the results of a new survey of coding professionals indicates there was a decrease in productivity.

Mastering the Complexities of MSSP ACO Payment at Janesville, Wisconsin’s Mercy Health System

June 14, 2016  |  Mark Hagland
Ladd Udy of the Janesville, Wisconsin-based Mercy Health System, shares learnings so far in his health system’s work to investigate sub-optimal physician coding under the Medicare Shared Savings Program’s payment system

WEDI: ICD-10 Post-Implementation Survey Reports Smooth Transition as Organizations Move to Other Initiatives

May 9, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
An ICD-10 post-implementation survey from the Reston, Va.-based WEDI has revealed that the transition to the new coding set has generally gone well for organizations, although the latest assessment had a low participant response rate.

AMA, AHIMA Applaud the Early Release of New ICD-10 Codes

March 24, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
AMA and the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) have both applauded the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for the release of more ICD-10 diagnosis and procedure codes well...

More ICD-10 Codes to be Added Next Month

March 14, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will add about 1,900 diagnosis codes and 3,651 hospital inpatient procedure codes to the ICD-10 coding system for healthcare claims in fiscal year 2017, the...

CMS’ Slavitt Reflects on “Successful” ICD-10 Transition

February 25, 2016  |  Rajiv Leventhal
In a Feb. 24 commentary post, Andy Slavitt, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Acting Administrator, reflected on the lessons learned from the healthcare industry’s conversion to the ICD-10 coding set last fall.

Devin Jopp Steps Down as CEO of WEDI

January 14, 2016  |  Heather Landi
Devin Jopp, Ed. D is stepping down from his role of president and CEO of the Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI) after four years leading the national health IT organization.

The Best of the Best: HCI’s Top 10 Health IT Stories of 2015

December 29, 2015  |  the Editors of HCI
Today, upon review and collaboration among Healthcare Informatics’ editorial team, we give you the 10 biggest stories from the year that was in health IT.

ICD-10 Two Months In: For Providers, a Transition that Finally Came (and Went)

December 16, 2015  |  Rajiv Leventhal
Provider organizations that were well-prepared and devoted resources to the ICD-10 implementation have made it through relatively unscathed. Still, these same organizations will caution that it’s very early in the process.

ICD-10 Two Months In: Consultants Give an Inside Look at How the Transition Has Impacted the Industry

December 8, 2015  |  Rajiv Leventhal
In Part 1 of this two-part story, three consulting firms share what they are seeing and hearing from their provider clients regarding the ICD-10 transition so far.

Note Writing 101: At UPMC, Clinical Documentation Improvement Starts with Understanding the Value

November 23, 2015  |  Rajiv Leventhal
Sometimes, even for the most prominent of healthcare leaders, a scaled-back, simple approach that includes a rethinking of values is necessary to make real change.

Physician Optimization Project Proves Successful at Emory Healthcare

November 20, 2015  |  Rajiv Leventhal
Physicians at the Atlanta, Ga.-based Emory Healthcare removed up to one-third of clicks from their ambulatory workflow and, on average, are spending 36 percent less time finishing charts from home as a result of its physician optimization project.

Seeing the Benefits In The ICD-10 Transition, One Experts View

November 16, 2015  |  Heather Landi
Six weeks have passed since the Oct. 1 ICD-10 transition and now that the dust has settled, it’s time to talk about the bigger picture.

Survey: ICD-10 Coding Has Reduced Productivity

November 10, 2015  |  Heather Landi
Large hospitals have reported a 30 to 45 percent reduction in productivity on the inpatient side and a 20 to 40 percent productivity reduction on the outpatient side since implementing the ICD-10 codes, according to data from Himagine Solutions.

CMS Reports Only 10 Percent ICD-10 Claims Rejected

October 30, 2015  |  Heather Landi
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) reports that claims are processing normally since the transition to ICD-10 on Oct. 1, with 10 percent of claims being rejected and only .09 percent rejected due to invalid ICD-10 codes.

ICD-10 Coalition on Transition: So Far, So Good

October 22, 2015  |  Rajiv Leventhal
The Coalition for ICD-10, a broad-based healthcare industry advocacy group, wrote a commentary this week about some of its members’ experiences with ICD-10 to date. So far, the reviews have been positive.

Health IT Leaders Call ICD-10 Transition “A Step Forward”

October 1, 2015  |  Heather Landi
Today marks the deadline for ICD-10 code implementation and many health IT leaders have applauded the nationwide transition as a necessary step to build more robust medical records.

Five Things You Should Read as ICD-10 Approaches

September 30, 2015  |  Rajiv Leventhal
Here are five things to keep in mind and read over as the clock continues to tick towards ICD-10.

Countdown to ICD-10: One Project Leader’s Message: “Stay Calm and Embrace ICD-10”

September 28, 2015  |  Heather Landi
At Indiana University Health La Porte Hospital (La Porte, Ind.), the clinical informatics department has been working with health information technology (HIT) vendor Cerner Corporation for the past two years on preparing the hospital for the shift from ICD-9...

ICD-10: Time to Change the Conversation

September 25, 2015  |  Robert Hitchcock, M.D.
With less than a week until the long awaited—and for many, feared—deadline to ICD-10, reactions are at fever pitch. But as we enter the final days of preparation, have we asked all the right questions? Is ICD-10 really, as they say, a coding issue?

Countdown to ICD-10: One Health System’s Final Preparations for the Oct. 1 Transition

September 22, 2015  |  Heather Landi
Thomas Selva, M.D., chief medical information officer at the University of Missouri Health Care, shared his insights about what to expect before, during and after the transition and why ICD-10 is important to physicians.

ICD-10 Specialist on Impending Transition: “It’s a Process Change”

September 15, 2015  |  Rajiv Leventhal
ICD-10 is just a few short weeks away, and many in the industry are feeling the heat. One ICD-10 expert takes a look at what to expect when Oct. 1 hits and what impact the transition will have on healthcare.

Six Training Tips for a Successful ICD-10 Implementation

September 10, 2015  |  Daniel Schwartz
In just a few short weeks, the landmark ICD-10 transition that has been anticipated and delayed countless times will arrive on Oct. 1, 2015. The only question left is: is your healthcare provider organization ready?

Bronx-Lebanon’s CMIO Faces Forward on Challenges and Opportunities

September 3, 2015  |  Mark Hagland
Robert Leviton, M.D., CMIO and physician advisor at Bronx-Lebanon Hospital Center Health System in New York City, is helping to lead his colleagues forward to meet multiple challenges and opportunities


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