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Act on the front-end to reduce readmissions penalties

November 16th, 2018 / By Steve Cantwell

In my previous blog, I took a hard look at the impact of mental health and substance abuse on hospital readmissions, especially the torrent of patients with these issues coming […]

Are you creating a data solar system or an asteroid belt?

November 14th, 2018 / By AJ Dandrea

In the last few decades, Pluto was declassified as a planet and categorized as something else–a dwarf planet. Basically, scientists acknowledged Pluto’s distinctive place in the universe and decided it […]

CMS finalizes E/M changes in its “Dear Clinician” letter

November 12th, 2018 / By Barbara Aubry, RN

On November 8, 2018 CMS released its Dear Clinician letter providing final decisions on the proposed Evaluation and Management coding changes discussed in a previous blog. The letter is a […]

Coding for abdominal pain should not give you a stomach ache

November 9th, 2018 / By Kelly Long, CPC

I have encountered many physician practices and facilities in my role as coding analyst that are often stumped on the actual language needed to support specific ICD-10 codes for abdominal […]

Do you have policies and procedures for interpreting coding guidelines?

November 7th, 2018 / By Sheldon Barlow

Through my work as an auditor and clinical documentation improvement consultant, I have seen firsthand how healthcare organizations are structured and operate. While every organization is unique, they all have […]

If you build it, they will come! Getting providers engaged with your CDI program

November 5th, 2018 / By Cheryl Manchenton, RN, Beth Wolf, MD

It is very easy to get aggravated with providers who do not appear to be engaged with CDI programs. But let’s hold on. Where should their focus be? Sorry, but […]

It’s time to step up our ICD-10 education for providers

November 2nd, 2018 / By Rebecca Caux-Harry

One of the many benefits of working for a nation-wide company is visibility into payer actions from coast to coast. Our many customers send us comments about payer actions and […]

Evaluation and management has come full circle

October 31st, 2018 / By Jean Jones, CPC

I have been in the highly regulated healthcare industry for all my adult life—27 years to be exact. Part of what I love about being in health care is the […]

Given the need to reduce unnecessary costs in health care, what value do health insurance plans add?

October 29th, 2018 / By L. Gordon Moore, MD

Consumer-directed health care is the idea that a person armed with good information will select the right services from the best provider of that service and this will translate to […]

Five things I learned from my EHR patient portal

October 26th, 2018 / By Pam Banning

Recently, my family took me to an Emergency Room when I suddenly lost my sense of touch on the left side of my face. Fully conscious and cognizant of all […]

Ongoing readmissions: The long shadow of mental illness and substance abuse comorbidities

October 24th, 2018 / By Steve Cantwell

My physician neighbor works in several urban emergency departments where mental illness and substance abuse cases run rampant. When I ask him about the impact on readmissions, he lights up: […]

Primary care in transition: Convenience versus commitment

October 22nd, 2018 / By Steve Delaronde

Loyalty to one’s doctor and following medical advice was rarely questioned in the 20th century.  When managed care reached its zenith in the 1990s, having an assigned primary care physician […]