Codified data is the prerequisite for both health care billing and clinical documentation. Topics here include: ICD-10, the role of the HIM department in I.T. efforts, data formats and standards, participation in payer incentive programs and upholding regulatory requirements.
Though patient safety organizations can use the Agency for Healthcare Research and Qualitys Common Formats in working with the provider community to understand, monitor and reduce safety events, there are particular challenges in implementing them with regard to health IT-related adverse events.
Results from a week of ICD-10 acknowledgement testing in November with Medicare fee-for-service contractors indicates some providers may have more work ahead to master a relatively easy task.
Just-released guidance from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services walks providers, clearinghouses, suppliers and billing firms through preparing claims for ICD-10 end-to-end testing with Medicare.
Members of the American Medical Association had hoped that Reps. Pete Sessions and Fred Upton, chairs of the powerful House Energy & Commerce and Rules Committees, would put language extending the ICD-10 deadline for two years into the omnibus federal spending bill.
The House Energy and Commerce Committee on Dec. 10 issued a statement that it is prepared to hold a congressional hearing on ICD-10 in the New Year.
A massive spending bill to fund almost all of the federal government for fiscal 2015, as reported from committees, does not contain language to delay the ICD-10 compliance date or impose a 90-day EHR meaningful use reporting period in 2015.
An appropriations bill stalled for a half-year in Congress and now possibly moving could be the vehicle by which the ICD-10 code set compliance date is once again extended.
Boca Raton, Fla.-based Modernizing Medicine, Inc., the creator of the Electronic Medical Assistant, a cloud-based, specialty-specific electronic health record system, announced that it has closed on approximately $15 million of an expected $20 million funding round.
New data suggests that the estimated costs, time and resources required by small physician offices to convert to ICD-10 are dramatically lower than initially estimated.
An analysis of 11.5 million electronic patient records in the United States has identified a significant number of people with undiagnosed diabetes.
With 328 days left until the ICD-10 compliance deadline of October 1, 2015, now is the time to get ready for the code switchover, according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
As healthcare organizations start the countdown to the October 2015 ICD-10 compliance deadline, a majority in a recent survey say they are far enough along in the implementation process to conduct end-to-end testing. However, smaller organizationssuch as physician practicesappear less equipped to test. In addition, they are not aware of when their business partners will be prepared to conduct testing.
Revenue cycle management products had a strong showing at this weeks MGMA Annual Convention in Las Vegas.
The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives, which historically has represented chief information officers, is expanding to also represent chief technology officers and chief application officers.
Computer-assisted coding applications have the highest projected growth potential among U.S. hospitals, according to the latest data from HIMSS Analytics.