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.
Chicago-based consulting firm Navigant has acquired Cymetrix, a vendor of outsourced revenue cycle management and health information management services to hospitals, for approximately $75 million.
Management consultancy McKinsey & Co. surveyed business executives from across functions to find out their attitudes about IT. One question asked where organizations technology-talent needs will be most pressing in the next 12 months. More than 800 executives responded. The results were published in late March. McKinseys takeaway: To address talent challenges, companies should focus on culture and compensation. These are the top five areas of technology talent needs.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has canceled ICD-10 testing scheduled for late July.
Stroke researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania unveiled a map demonstrating geographic hotspots of increased stroke mortality across the U.S., among a series of stroke studies presented at the American Academy of Neurologys 66th Annual Meeting in Philadelphia.
Acknowledging that an interim final rule is in the works, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is inching toward definitively and officially establishing October 1, 2015, as the new ICD-10 implementation deadline.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services seems to have set a soft date and a soft announcement of October 1, 2015, for the new ICD-10 compliance date.
CMS's handling of this whole ICD-10 delay has been troublesome, to say the least.
Healthcare stakeholders continue to express their disappointment over the delay in the ICD-10 implementation deadline. A poll taken during the American Health Information Management Associations ICD-10 Summit, which was held last week in Washington, found that 88 percent of attendees were disappointed by the extension of the code switchover.
The number of available health information management jobs in the nation will increase by 41,100 between 2012 and 2022, according to the latest data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Healthcare providers that were diligently working towards the October 1, 2014 ICD-10 implementation deadline aren't the only ones hurting from the one-year delay in the code transition.
With a delay in the ICD-10 implementation deadline by at least one year, providers around the country are evaluating their next moves with regard to the code switchover.
The American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association will begin to include value assessments when developing treatment guidelines and performance measures, in recognition of accelerating healthcare costs and the need for care to be of value to patients.
The American Health Information Management Associations Certified Coding Specialist exams have been suspended because of concerns over the integrity of the exams.
GS1 Healthcare US, a supply chain standards development organization, has issued guidance for using the standards when implementing the new Unique Device Identification requirements for medical devices.
Many providers have implemented or are considering the use of patient portals to assist in meeting meaningful use patient engagement criteria. Quest Diagnostics, which sells the Care360 suite of provider software, gives tips to physician practices for successful use of portals.