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A look back at popular blogs of 2018

December 17th, 2018

Thank you to all the readers of the Inside Angle blog! As we look ahead to 2019, here are some of our most popular blogs of the year:    “CPT […]

What is ahead for hospitals based on the December MedPAC meeting?

December 14th, 2018 / By Gretchen Mills

MedPAC is the nonpartisan advisory group that provides advice to Congress (and CMS).  Although not mandatory, MedPAC recommendations are taken seriously and may be implemented by CMS through regulation or […]

Migraines part 1: Seriously…It’s not just a headache

December 12th, 2018 / By Debra Jones, CPC

I am a migraineur| \mē-gre-ˈnər or mī-grā-ˈnər\. Merriam-Webster’s definition of a migraineur is an individual who experiences migraines. To me the word sounds like a cross between migraine and entrepreneur: […]

Coding productivity and accuracy: An action plan for improvement

December 10th, 2018 / By Katie Kitchen, CPC

Throughout my career in coding, whether it was as a production coder, a coding supervisor, or my current role as an analyst, there has always been great discussion and debate […]

Making it stick in health care

December 7th, 2018 / By Brian Mitchell

Working at 3M, the story of the Post-It note is one that every employee knows well.  In a nutshell, an employee in a 3M R&D lab was developing an adhesive […]

The importance of humans in health care

December 5th, 2018 / By Barbara Aubry, RN

The online portal Dictionary describes healthcare as “noun; the maintenance and improvement of physical and mental health, especially through the provision of medical services”. Interesting that it does not mention […]

When medicine hurts

December 3rd, 2018 / By Steve Delaronde

Between 2011 and 2013, 31 out of 38 patients treated by the same neurosurgeon in the Dallas area were left paralyzed, seriously injured or dead. The neurosurgeon became known as […]

Focusing on CIMI: Getting the most out of the HL7 Working Group Meeting

November 30th, 2018 / By Michael Denton, RN

The September 2018 Health Level 7 (HL7) international working group meeting was held in Baltimore, Maryland and was packed full of user tutorials and learning sessions. Because this was my […]

Finding a common language: A key component of quality improvement

November 28th, 2018 / By L. Gordon Moore, MD

I think it’s reasonable to say that most people working in health care are motivated to deliver high quality care to the people they serve. Because humans are complicated organisms, […]

‘Tis the season to be anxious

November 26th, 2018 / By Kimberly Lodge, RHIT, CCS

Anxiety is just part of the holiday season, but several different types of anxiety can be experienced during this time of year. Generalized Anxiety (F41.1) starts around Halloween, with just […]

The growing obesity epidemic: What to do about outpatient obesity denials?

November 21st, 2018 / By Camille Ruiz, RHIA

As I look forward to pulling the turkey out of the oven tomorrow and placing it on the table between the gravy and the green bean casserole, I’m reminded of […]

Strategies to avoid copy-paste abuse

November 19th, 2018 / By Sheldon Barlow

With the adoption of Electronic Health Records (EHRs), many healthcare organizations are seeing a dramatic increase in the use of the copy and paste feature. There are numerous tools and […]