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You don’t know what you don’t know…Be a lifelong learner!

March 20th, 2019 / By Cheryl Manchenton, RN

Happy spring everyone! One of my clients recently made the statement “We don’t know what we don’t know.” I wholeheartedly agree. If only all organizations and team members shared that […]

National guideline changes for ED E/M coding due by 2022

March 18th, 2019 / By Barbara Aubry, RN

According to a March 7, 2019 article in Modern Healthcare, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) has decided to recommend that HHS revisit the national ED coding rules by 2022, citing […]

Setting up a supply item in a charge description master

March 15th, 2019 / By Camille Ruiz, RHIA

On January 17, 2019, CMS issued Transmittal 4204, which states HCPCS Q4122-Dermacell per square centimeter can be assigned either revenue code (RC) 278-Implant or RC 636-Drugs requiring detailed coding. I […]

AI Talk: War, minds and tech

March 15th, 2019 / By V. “Juggy” Jagannathan, PhD

War and Possible Minds On almost every front we are now bombarded by the potential for good, evil and stupidity (bugs) with emerging AI technology. If any of you saw […]

Data can show us many things, not all of them real…

March 13th, 2019 / By Richard Fuller, MS

Modern Healthcare recently published another article questioning the utility of the CMS hospital readmission reduction program (HRRP). The article used as its basis two publications, the first of which returned […]

ICD-10-PCS: Are we done playing catch-up?

March 11th, 2019 / By Rhonda Butler

AHA Coding Clinic’s Editorial Advisory Board (EAB) held its two-day winter session in February, and I participate on the EAB as part of 3M’s contract with CMS. As I was […]

AI Talk: Radiology, obesity and birds

March 8th, 2019 / By V. “Juggy” Jagannathan, PhD

AI powered solution for Radiology An Israel-based company called Zebra-Med has rolled out its deep learning acute-insights triage solution, which has received CE certification in Europe (CE certification is similar […]

Healthcare payment policy spotlight: The consumer is our customer

March 8th, 2019 / By Katie Christensen

According to the Commonwealth Fund, which ranks healthcare quality worldwide, the U.S. is a low performer for three dominant reasons: Lack of coverage; Administrative inefficiency and Underperforming primary care due […]

A look at what’s not working in U.S. health care

March 6th, 2019 / By L. Gordon Moore, MD

Good ideas can morph into problematic policies that drive up costs and erode quality. Take diabetes as an example.  We could pose the ultimate goal of effective diabetes management is […]

Specialist cost and quality: What do primary care physicians need to know?

March 4th, 2019 / By Steve Delaronde

Primary care physicians (PCPs) want data that can be used to better serve their patients. If they can easily access timely and relevant data, they will use it. Cost, quality […]

AI Talk: Breakthroughs, burnout and better robots

March 1st, 2019 / By V. “Juggy” Jagannathan, PhD

Inside Angle welcomes V. “Juggy” Jagannathan, PhD, to the blogging team! As Vice President of Research for M*Modal, Juggy builds on four decades of research in artificial intelligence and computer science […]

A smart mix of audit types to maintain coding quality

February 27th, 2019 / By Kristine Daynes

Compliance requires exacting skills. HIM departments are expected to make sure patient care is appropriately documented, check for medical necessity, assign codes with ICD-10 specificity, identify conditions present on admission […]