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CPT and HCPCS coding updates for 2019

September 21st, 2018 / By Camille Ruiz, RHIA

As the last day of summer fades, fall is on the horizon with Halloween displays and pumpkin spice lattes. For those of us in hospital middle revenue cycle—whether CDI, CDM […]

From Calcutta to Houston: Technology-driven care coordination for social determinants of health

September 19th, 2018 / By L. Gordon Moore, MD

That’s the tagline for the Patient Care Intervention Center (PCIC), a nonprofit working with people living on the streets in and around Houston, Texas. It started with family medicine physician […]

Healthcare blockchain part 2: The “why?”

September 17th, 2018 / By AJ Dandrea

One of the big challenges in healthcare data-driven initiatives is the Swiss cheese phenomenon, which refers to a dataset that lacks specific content to inform, or to allow the information […]

Thyroid Cancer Awareness Month: A personal story

September 14th, 2018 / By Gail Barackman, CPC, CPMA, CEMC

September is Thyroid Cancer Awareness month, so I thought I would share my personal experience with diagnostic studies for Thyroid Cancer. As someone who suffers from Hashimoto’s Hypothyroidism, regular thyroid […]

CMS proposed E/M changes: Fair or not?

September 12th, 2018 / By Barbara Aubry, RN

There has been an outcry about the proposed E/M changes CMS recently brought to the industry for comment. Let’s take a close look at what CMS proposes: Lifting restrictions on […]

Surprise – You have a medical bill you didn’t expect

September 10th, 2018 / By Steve Delaronde

Nobody likes surprises when it comes to their health.  We don’t want to be surprised by a diagnosis that we did not expect or treatment that we did not anticipate, […]

Miles to go on interoperability

September 7th, 2018 / By Mary Zeigle, MS

I recently had cause to wonder about the progress we’re making on the path to interoperability through “the woods” of healthcare information exchange (HIE). In late July, my husband had […]

Clinical validity…It’s not going away anytime soon

September 5th, 2018 / By Cheryl Manchenton, RN

It has been two years since AHIMA updated the Official Guidelines for Coding and Reporting with a statement about clinical validity. You would think with lessons learned plus time and […]

Is there value in being credentialed?

August 31st, 2018 / By Kimberly Crear, CPC, CEMC, AAPC Fellow

Many people begin working in the healthcare industry before realizing the importance of obtaining a credential. Others opt to go through education/career programs and become credentialed prior to seeking employment. Individual […]

The cloud vs. traditional hosting: financial agility like never before

August 29th, 2018 / By AJ Dandrea

Can we all agree that cloud technology offers tremendous benefits in platform and cost reduction? In my stewardship of the cloud for 3M Health Information Systems, I’ve also learned how […]

Outpatient CDI is the right idea, but the wrong label

August 27th, 2018 / By Kristine Daynes

As the volume of outpatient care has grown over the past several years, so has interest in outpatient clinical documentation improvement (CDI). Yet many organizations struggle to define what exactly […]

The need to validly compare nursing home quality across state lines

August 24th, 2018 / By Richard Fuller, MS

June and July saw a flurry developments highlighting the challenges with the five star nursing home compare ranking system. In June, the Veterans Administration released their star rankings for VA […]