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Consumer-directed health plans, rational economic theory and the Triple Aim

November 22nd, 2017 / By Katie Christensen

The consumer-directed health plan (“high deductible”) remains a popular insurance option, theoretically leaving patients more empowered than ever to optimize the Triple Aim initiative (maximum health and quality while minimizing […]

Lesser ICD-10 impact this year, but maybe not so for LCDs

November 20th, 2017 / By Divya Verma, RHIA

When 2018 ICD-10 codes were implemented this October 1, I hoped that ICD-10 related Local Coverage Determination (LCD) updates would be fewer as compared to last year’s updates. Due to […]

The specialist referral: Do primary care providers have all the information they need?

November 17th, 2017 / By Steve Delaronde

The role of the primary care provider is to serve as a generalist in managing their patients’ health. Specialists are available to provide expert opinion or specific procedures beyond the […]

Streamlining chest x-ray CPTs in 2018

November 15th, 2017 / By Allison Morgan

Chest x-ray imaging codes are one of the most highly utilized codes seen in the coding and medical industry, so it was a pleasant surprise to see these codes getting […]

Value-based payments: How well do you know your members?

November 13th, 2017 / By Gina Perna

New York is one of many states in the process of reforming the way it pays providers through a Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) program. The goal is to […]

What to do about clinician burnout?

November 10th, 2017 / By L. Gordon Moore, MD

Recent research has shown that the cost of clinician burnout appears to be significant: “Clinician burnout is prevalent across health care settings and may impair clinicians’ ability to maintain safe […]

Involving physicians in value-based care decisions: The only path to lasting change

November 8th, 2017 / By Steve Delaronde

Patient engagement is widely accepted as a key condition for achieving positive healthcare outcomes. Patients who participate in their healthcare decisions and feel capable of improving their health through diet, […]

Optimizing CAC outcomes: What are you training for?

November 6th, 2017 / By Jason Mark

Our team’s last post introduced a metric we call “Coder Variability.” As a quick recap, it is an attempt to measure how much variation there is among coders at a facility. […]

A futuristic view of health care and technology

November 3rd, 2017 / By Ryan Butterfield, Paul LaBrec

After reading Dan Brown’s book Origin about the future interplay between society and technology, I thought about health care and the growing impact of technology on our biochemical based society, […]

Introducing competition and price transparency into the Medicare payment system

November 1st, 2017 / By Richard Averill, MS, Richard Fuller, MS

Would an Amazon-like price shopping experience for individual healthcare services help control healthcare costs? Price transparency is frequently cited as a possible strategy for reducing the cost of healthcare because […]

OIG: The cost of noncompliance? $66+ million to be recovered from hospitals

October 30th, 2017 / By Barbara Aubry, RN

In September 2017, Office of Inspector General (OIG) released a report titled “Medicare Inappropriately Paid Acute-Care Hospitals for Outpatient Services They Provided to Beneficiaries Who Were Inpatients of Other Facilities.” […]

Report from the FHIR Connectathon at the HL7: September 2017 Working Group Meeting

October 27th, 2017 / By Senthil Nachimuthu, MD, PhD

About a year ago, I wrote a blog about the convergence of two HL7 standards: Clinical Information Modeling Initiative (CIMI) and Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR). I attended the HL7 […]