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Social determinants of health: Why such a hot topic?

September 25th, 2017 / By Gretchen Mills

I’ve been following many recent articles about the increased interest in social determinants of health. This topic caught my attention a few years ago when I came across the pioneering […]

Reflections from a laboratory scientist: Terminology’s role in U.S. healthcare paradigm shift

September 22nd, 2017 / By Pam Banning

The American Association of Clinical Chemistry (AACC) held its 69th Annual Scientific Meeting and Clinical Lab Expo in San Diego in August, in collaboration with the Canadian Society of Clinical […]

ICD-10: What’ll it be, lumping or splitting?

September 20th, 2017 / By Rhonda Butler

You may have heard the terms lumping and splitting applied to medical records coding, or maybe to the analysis of coded data. Whether we’re producing coded data or analyzing it, […]

What should we be doing with composite measures? (And do we know one when we see one)

September 18th, 2017 / By Richard Fuller, MS

In June the GAO released a report examining the Medicare Hospital Value Based Purchasing (HVBP) payment initiative. This is not their first look at HVBP, with a previous report from […]

2018 ICD-10 code updates for pregnancy: Pick a side

September 15th, 2017 / By Allison Morgan

September has finally arrived and with it comes the start of fall.  For those of us in health care, it also signifies our own version of a New Year…for ICD-10 […]

My summer with a broken foot: Ranking different services as a disabled person

September 13th, 2017 / By Jean Jones

I broke my foot while walking down some stairs at a local pond this past June. I spent my summer in a boot and used crutches to walk. As I […]

How can we match the right resources and interventions to patient needs? Better risk stratification

September 11th, 2017 / By L. Gordon Moore, MD

With the unrelenting pressure to reduce unnecessary costs in healthcare delivery and despite (or maybe because of) the lack of clear direction from the federal government, Medicaid plans across the […]

Deep learning and clinical natural language processing (NLP)

September 8th, 2017 / By Richard Wolniewicz

The first week of August saw the 55th annual meeting of the Association for Computational Linguistics (ACL) in Vancouver, Canada. This conference is the premier global NLP conference, demonstrating the […]

CMS: Updates to prohibition on billing dually eligible individuals enrolled in the QMB program

September 6th, 2017 / By Barbara Aubry, RN

Last fall, I wrote a blog on providers who continue to bill cost-sharing co-payments to “dually eligible” (Medicare/Medicaid) patients. This practice is not allowed; providers and suppliers are barred from […]

Coder variability: A closer look at measuring CAC

September 1st, 2017 / By Jessica Clive

When I began college a few years ago, my parents used it as an opportunity to reminisce about their own college experiences. As they did so, I recognized the conveniences […]

Using big data analytics to avoid left-hand turns in health care

August 30th, 2017 / By Jeremy Zasowski

Is your hospital or health system making too many left-hand turns? In his latest whiteboard video blog, 3M HIS blogger Jeremy Zasowski walks and talks through the issue, and offers […]

Behavioral health and value-based care: Is it time?

August 28th, 2017 / By Steve Delaronde

The trend towards value-based payments has been accelerating. There is a significant opportunity for reducing spending while improving quality across many areas of health care, including primary care, oncology, orthopedic […]