The nuts and bolts of running a group practice or hospital are covered here. Topics include patient scheduling systems, charge capture interfaces with clinical record systems, and claims submission.
Now that the ICD-10 delay is the law of the land, you would have thought that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services would have communicated something on the code switchover process going forward. But, a quick check of the CMS website still lists the ICD-10 deadline as October 1, 2014.
With President Obama's April 1 signing of legislation into law delaying ICD-10 implementation to October 2015, supporters of the one-year extension believe that now is the time for Congress to get more actively involved in the code switchover. Despite including legislative language calling for the ICD-10 delay in the Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014, they say lawmakers have been relatively silent on the issue.
House and Senate passage of legislation delaying the ICD-10 implementation deadline by one year to October 2015 is proof that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' approach to the code switchover is flawed and CMS must "reset" the process, argues Robert Tennant, senior policy advisor at the Medical Group Management Association.
Recognizing that issues with workflow integration have contributed to slow rates of electronic health records adoption in healthcare settings such as ambulatory outpatient care, the National Institute of Standards and Technology has issued a report on integrating EHR into clinical workflow with recommendations for developers and outpatient care centers.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services could learn a lot from private entities who are using multiple benchmarks to assess the performance of Medicare physicians, according to the Government Accountability Office. In a new report, GAO recommended that CMS consider expanding performance benchmarks to include state or regional averages, and disseminating feedback reports more frequently than the current annual distribution.
Nearly 95 percent of healthcare organizations are at or below budget for the October 1 ICD-10 transition, with the variance between budget and actual expenditures ranging from 5 percent to 15 percent, according to early results of an online ICD-10 readiness survey released by The Advisory Board Company.
Results of a telephone survey of 270,036 U.S. medical sites by healthcare research firm SK&A reveals that the EHR adoption rate for single-doctor offices grew 11.4 percent from 42.3 percent to 53.7 percent over the prior year.
The American Medical Association has new guidance documents to walk physician practices through the Affordable Care Acts insurance coverage grace period before a policy is cancelled for lack of payment.
Ambulatory software vendor Greenway Medical Technologies has acquired patient relationship management vendor PeopleLYNK to help physician practices enhance the enhancement and retainment of those they serve.
Two veteran industry stakeholder organizations--the Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange and the Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission--are teaming to develop an accreditation program for physician practice management systems.
Providers have a long to-do list between now and October.
The march to accountable payment models is under way, adding to revenue cycle uncertainty.
Hospital software vendors Streamline Health and Surgical Information Systems have taken big steps in new directions via acquisitions.
New products and acquisitions are among recent announcements from health information technology firms:
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology will hold its annual meeting January 23-24 in Washington. Karen DeSalvo, M.D., the new national coordinator, starts her duties on Jan. 13.