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Change is a good thing, right?

January 19th, 2018 / By Karla Voneschen

We all know change in the healthcare field is a necessity for growth and improvement, but is change always a good thing? I’m constantly amazed at how far we’ve come […]

CMS: Low Volume Appeals Settlement Initiative

January 17th, 2018 / By Barbara Aubry, RN

I attended the January 9, 2018 CMS Medicare Learning Network conference call covering the logistics of the settlement process offered by CMS for providers with pending appeals. This impacts: “The […]

A final HIMagine That: Looking back…and ahead

January 15th, 2018 / By Sue Belley, RHIA, Donna Smith, RHIA

Donna: Sue, do you remember when we started our blog back in 2012? Didn’t the idea present itself at a conference we were attending? Sue: Yes, it did! We were […]

A coder’s resolution in the New Year

January 12th, 2018 / By Allison Morgan

The ball dropped, we tossed out our old calendars, and many of us made the traditional promises to ourselves in the New Year. Whether it’s trimming off those few extra […]

Implications of the 2019 Medicare Advantage Part 1 Advance Notice

January 10th, 2018 / By Gretchen Mills

On December 27, 2017, CMS published Part 1 of this year’s Medicare Advantage (MA) Advance Notice highlighting proposed changes in MA payments for 2019. CMS requires comments on this Part […]

How do you know you’re a coder at heart? Take this quick little quiz

January 8th, 2018 / By Rebecca Caux-Harry

You code your own doctor visits or procedures in your head during your visit, CPT and ICD. When talking to friends about medical issues, you review the possible ICD codes […]

Addressing the epidemic of diet-related disease

January 5th, 2018 / By Steve Delaronde

The prevention and management of chronic health conditions will have the greatest impact on reducing healthcare costs, improving quality of life and reducing mortality.  A 2017 RAND study estimates that […]

Horizon for a New Year

January 3rd, 2018 / By Rhonda Butler

Like so many of you in the past week or so, I am on an airplane, going to visit family. So far I’ve been spending the flight alternately staring at […]

Working from home: My journey

December 28th, 2017

Today’s blog comes from coding analyst Pamela Ewing. Just as my life was rolling along smoothly….my life abruptly changed. I suddenly found myself raising my one-year-old grandson, Jay. My sister […]

Four ways HCCs impact health systems

December 22nd, 2017 / By Kristine Daynes

Hierarchical Condition Categories (HCCs) have been the underlying risk adjustment for many Medicare programs for several years. But they didn’t attract wide interest until CMS began shifting more payment toward […]

Progress on standardizing nutrition data in the EHR: An interview

December 20th, 2017 / By Mary Zeigle, MS

Nutrition is integral to optimal health and the practice of nutrition care is woven throughout the systems that treat and facilitate health care.   Effective systems for acute care and primary […]

Are Medicare readmission penalties working?

December 18th, 2017 / By Paul LaBrec

In 2012, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) began its Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program (HRRP).  The program, included in the Affordable Care Act, was designed to improve post-acute […]