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MACRA/MIPS: Are you ready?

April 21st, 2017 / By Mary Zeigle, MS

A recent survey in Healthcare Informatics  on physician readiness for implementing MACRA indicates a strong need for assistance and support.  The overall results of readiness of physicians polled show that […]

Pay for better risk-adjusted outcomes and let’s cut down on waste

April 19th, 2017 / By Norbert Goldfield, MD, Richard Fuller, MS

While Congress is finding it difficult to reach consensus on how to improve health care in the United States, the one thing we all can agree on is that ever-rising […]

Risky business: Achieving value-based purchasing goals in New York State

April 14th, 2017 / By Michael Keyes

I’ve spent much of the last few months traversing the State of New York speaking to our Medicaid MCOs about their strategies to reach the state’s value-based purchasing (VBP) goals. It’s […]

Moving from “the data is wrong” to “all data is flawed but still useful”

April 12th, 2017 / By L. Gordon Moore, MD

Value-based purchasing and population health management are supposed to change aspects of the relationship between insurers (health plans) and providers (accountable care organizations, health systems, etc).  New contracts are supposed […]

Coding for meaningful data and the limitations of “correct coding”

April 10th, 2017 / By Rhonda Butler

When coders say “coding is an art,” they don’t mean art—they don’t imagine themselves creating little medical record haiku. Describing coding as an art is a way of saying that […]

Patient engagement – Are the benefits real?

April 7th, 2017 / By Steve Delaronde

When people take an active role in their own well-being and participate in their healthcare choices, the Triple Aim of improved outcomes, lower cost, and a positive patient experience becomes […]

What are codes for, really? Research and quality, or money, money, and more money?

April 7th, 2017 / By Rhonda Butler

Codes and coding are back in the headlines. A recent in-depth New York Times article examines the labyrinth of coding and billing, and asserts that coding is one reason for […]

The population health elephant

April 5th, 2017 / By Barbara Aubry, RN

Last month, I blogged about long held tenants of medical necessity and how those standards impact today’s creative thinking on actions to improve health outcomes. I received interesting questions from […]

ICD-10 coding challenge: Ethyl alcohol poisoning

April 3rd, 2017 / By Sue Belley, RHIA

Julia Palmer, project manager with the consulting services business of 3M Health Information Systems, is author of this month’s coding challenge blog. A mother brought her five-year-old daughter to the […]

E/M coding: Can we agree to disagree?

March 31st, 2017 / By Rebecca Caux-Harry

In the past, I’ve written several blogs about the complexity of E/M coding and how to find your way through. The first step is to establish the place of service, […]

Postscript: What are codes for anyway?

March 29th, 2017 / By Rhonda Butler

In my last blog, my inner imp and I tussled over whether ICD-10 codes are still worth the trouble. Bottom line—they are, because codes allow us to highlight key pieces […]

The Actuarial Challenge: Alternative approaches to improving health care

March 27th, 2017 / By Paul LaBrec

The greatest change to the U.S. health insurance market in the past decade was undoubtedly the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The ACA brought changes including the establishment of health insurance […]