This section includes coverage on the many facets of the revenue cycle food chain for hospitals and physician group practices. Topics span insurance eligibility, charge capture, claims coding, claims submissions, claims clearinghouses, and back-end follow-up with insurance companies to rectify claims denials and resubmission requests.
As interoperability experts made connections, the agenda was to look at wider data-sharing issues.
According to a new Government Accountability Office report, the VA and DOD "have not substantiated their claims that the current approach will be less expensive and more timely than the single-system approach."
Association sees the data discipline as a way to improve the quality of health information.
Defense Department plans to reform the U.S. military health system, which costs almost $50 billion annually and is expected to grow to $70 billion by 2028, are at risk unless additional actions are taken by DOD, according to the Government Accountability Office.
Melbourne, Fla.-based Harris Corp. announced the rollout of the FusionFX integration platform designed to create community-level information exchange capabilities amongst providers.
Five pillars of electronic health record implementation--adoption, standards, privacy/security, incentives, and governance--are required to ensure interoperability, according to Doug Fridsma, M.D., ONC's chief science officer and director of the Office of Science and Technology. Fridsma, a keynote speaker at a Feb. 23 HIMSS14 pre-conference symposia, argued that meaningful use Stages 1 and 2 have helped to promote medical data interoperability but much work remains to be done.
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology has issued a report on findings of the current status of patient matching technology.
The report is based on an environmental scan, literature review, and input from stakeholders and federal agencies. In a blog posting, ONC lists the core findings:
* Any changes to patient data attributes in exchange transactions should be coordinated with organizations working on parallel efforts to standardize health care transactions.
Tenet Healthcare Corp., with 77 hospitals in 14 states, will use the interoperability services of CommonWell Health Alliance, which seven technology companies formed in early 2013 to cooperate on systems interoperability issues.
Founding members of CommonWell are Allscripts, athenahealth, Cerner, CPSI, Greenway, McKesson and Sunquest, with McKessons RelayHealth unit providing the health information exchange platform. These members, according to the alliance, represent 42 percent of the acute care electronic health records market and 23 percent of
All HIT to-do lists are too long, and getting longer by the day. Its tempting to focus on projects that have an immediate, easily quantified high-dollar payback. But CIO Mike Mistretta at MedCentral Health System, Mansfield, Ohio, thinks theres more to ROI than money. Hell take listeners through his methodology for evaluating I.T. projects based on metrics such as likelihood of successful adoption, increase in patient satisfaction, and improvement in clinical outcomes. The session, Leveraging
An article last fall in The New Republic noted that the book industry has not quite followed the music and film-camera industries in being disruptively innovated out of their traditional products . Book publishing certainly has changed, but neither the decomposition of music albums into single songs has not happened with books, nor has the transition from a physical to digital medium undermined the basic economic model of books. Yes, the book industry has been
The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society is going south, launching the first HIMSS Latin America 2014 Conference and Exhibition, Sept. 18-19 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
Health information exchanges and the ONC keep trying to find the secret sauce of patient matching.
Federal funding has or soon will run out for state health information exchanges, but the HIEs can expect to continue submitting progress reports to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology.
Initial findings from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology on ways to match patients with their data do address problems with current HIT systems and data exchanges, notes advocacy organization Patient Privacy Rights.
New initiatives from health information technology vendors announced in recent days includes the following: