Inside Angle

From 3M Health Information Systems

Inside Angle Blog

Read blog posts from 3M industry experts, then weigh in with your opinions and questions.

Filter By

Will hospital peer grouping by patient socioeconomic status fix the Medicare HRRP or create new problems?

March 21st, 2018 / By Richard Fuller, MS

In this blog, we return to how socioeconomic status is accounted for when measuring patient outcomes. We have actively participated in the debate on how to identify potentially preventable readmissions […]

Artificial intelligence and clinical data: Finding patterns now to shape our future

March 19th, 2018 / By Steve Cantwell

My oldest son is on the autism spectrum which brings him both challenges and unique skills, such as perfect pitch and encyclopedic memory. One of his gifts is an ability […]

The golden rules of coding with CAC

March 16th, 2018 / By Katie Kitchen

Thinking back to my early days as an apprentice coder, I often remember the challenge in keeping all my coding guidelines straight as well as remembering the payer regulations, while […]

Myocardial infarction coding: Part 2

March 14th, 2018 / By Karla VonEschen

After my previous blog “Myocardial infarction coding is good for the heart,” one of our readers had a good question: When is a myocardial infarction considered old? I wanted to […]

Blockchain: The potential to disrupt complex health system relationships

March 12th, 2018 / By AJ Dandrea

What if the only way to create complete healthcare relationships among providers, payers, and patients required something different than what has been tried in the past? And, instead of policy […]

The many facets of waste in health care

March 9th, 2018 / By Steve Delaronde

The Institute of Medicine estimates that 30 percent of healthcare spending is attributed to waste. Waste in health care not only has a financial impact, but also robs patients of […]

Fallout from the opioid crisis or improper coding?

March 7th, 2018 / By Barbara Aubry, RN

I review OIG updates as they are released and I saw something last week that unfortunately, I did not find surprising. Per the OIG report: “Payments made to providers for […]

What do millennials expect from healthcare?

March 5th, 2018 / By Jacob Amezcua

64 percent of Americans avoid or delay medical care because of high costs, and I fall smack dab in the middle of that statistic; I avoid medical care like the […]

What to expect at the HL7 working group meeting: A first timer’s experience

March 2nd, 2018 / By Jacee Robison, RN

Recently, I attended the Health Level 7 (HL7) Working Group Meeting in New Orleans for the first time. HL7 is a widely adopted, international healthcare messaging standard, established through consensus […]

What does claims data tell us about patient experience?

February 28th, 2018 / By Kristine Daynes

I’ve been reading ProvenCare, which describes the Geisinger approach to health care and is filled with mottos such as “achieving extreme patient satisfaction” and “treating patients like family.” One discovery […]

HCCs: Whose “problem” is it? It’s an AND, not an OR!

February 26th, 2018 / By Cheryl Manchenton, RN

HCCs are a “problem.” By that I mean no organization can ignore the impact of HCCs. No CDI specialist, HIM professional, quality specialist, provider or billing auditor can remain uneducated […]

Myocardial infarction coding is good for the heart

February 23rd, 2018 / By Karla VonEschen

I can’t speak for anyone else, but I find reading documentation for Myocardial Infarctions (MI) and coding from Chapter 9 in the ICD-10 codebook to be stressful and sometimes anxiety […]