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Implementing CMS rule for 2019 – Evaluation and Management guidelines

February 15th, 2019 / By Jean Jones, CPC

One of the things that makes Tom Brady a great quarterback is his ability to think downfield. He’s not just thinking about the current play, but considering all the plays […]

Medicare Advantage Advanced Notice for 2020: Key insights

February 13th, 2019 / By Gretchen Mills

CMS has released the Advance Notice Parts I and II per the annual cycle of Medicare Advantage (MA) regulatory guidelines for the coming year. The Advance Notices provide the parameters […]

CMS changes total knee arthroplasty (TKA) status and applies the Two-Midnight rule

February 11th, 2019 / By Barbara Aubry, RN

On January 24, 2019 CMS released MNL Matters article SE19002, effective January 1, 2018. The change applies to acute care, long-term care and critical access hospitals. As of January 1, […]

Terminologies: Critical, but often deferred in FHIR application development

February 8th, 2019 / By Tosh Kartchner, RN

The Health Level 7 (HL7) Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR) standard is getting widespread support and gathering momentum in adoption. In compliance with this standard, we’ve developed FHIR-compliant Application Programming […]

The Iron Triangle of Health Care: Access, cost and quality

February 6th, 2019 / By Steve Delaronde

The “Iron Triangle” in health care refers to the concept that access, cost and quality cannot all be simultaneously improved. The premise is that an improvement in one area results […]

Mind blindness, data blindness and the power of concurrent collaboration

February 4th, 2019 / By Steve Cantwell

I have learned countless lessons about perception from my son who is on the autism spectrum. He has helped me better understand how we can inadvertently misinterpret or misuse healthcare […]

Modernization of LCD process and relocation of codes

February 1st, 2019 / By Divya Verma, RHIA

On October 3rd, 2018 Medicare announced significant changes to the Local Coverage Determination (LCD) process. As a result, a major change to the LCD format was also announced in Change […]

Tapping into the rich meaning conveyed in human language

January 30th, 2019 / By L. Gordon Moore, MD

The way we use language says something about us. Disordered thought can manifest as disordered language use—a signal that might mean the person has schizophrenia. Pressured speech could be a […]

TIA vs. CVA and preventive measures for both

January 28th, 2019 / By Kelly Long, CPC

Strokes, or more specifically cerebrovascular accidents (CVAs) run in my family, with both parents experiencing them before the age of 65. Seeing what my loved ones have experienced, as well […]

Winter injuries: Documenting to tell the story

January 25th, 2019 / By Karla VonEschen, CPC

Welcome 2019! For me, this time of year means mostly freezing temperatures and snow, but I have Scandinavian blood and remind myself it’s the life I choose. I live in […]

Brave new world? CRISPR gene editing controversy

January 23rd, 2019 / By Camille Ruiz, RHIA

I was sidetracked recently by an article regarding CRISPR biotechnology and the controversy surrounding its use. CRISPR is an abbreviation for Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats. You can Google […]

Differing perspectives of the medical record

January 21st, 2019 / By Sheldon Barlow

The medical record is unique because it is written for various reasons and looked at from various perspectives. It is not only a written representation of a face-to-face medical interaction […]