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Recent challenges to a culture of patient safety

May 1st, 2019 / By Travis Bias, DO, MPH, FAAFP

A culture of patient safety built over the past twenty years is encountering roadblocks. Policies and recent events that defy both research and initiatives geared towards strengthening healthcare safety, whether […]

ICD-10-CM Excludes 1 notations impact the bottom line

April 29th, 2019 / By Rebecca Caux-Harry

While reading AAPC’s Healthcare Business Monthly, April 2019, I came across an article about problem lists by Mary Wood and Michael Warner. The authors include an example of a poorly […]

AI Talk: A teacher, a toothbrush and driverless cars

April 26th, 2019 / By V. “Juggy” Jagannathan, PhD

This week’s AI Talk… Driverless cars and wearable AI I saw a link in an Algorithm blog to this talk at MIT last month. It is a recording from a […]

Keeping up with changing technology: The IAB Talks

April 24th, 2019 / By Michael Denton, RN, MS

To promote industry connections and an emphasis on curricular relevance, the University of Utah Department of Biomedical Informatics holds industry-sponsored mini-conferences every April and October, called the IAB (Industry Advisory […]

More laboratory audits: CMS looking at unbundled coding (again)

April 22nd, 2019 / By Barbara Aubry, RN

The March 19, 2019 letter from Seema Verma, CMS Administrator, to Charles Grassley (Chairman of the Committee on finance) assures that CMS is once again analyzing claims data to determine […]

AI Talk: Brains, planes, basic income and algorithms

April 19th, 2019 / By V. “Juggy” Jagannathan, PhD

This week’s AI Talk… Algorithmic Accountability Act I saw this (where else?) in a newsletter aptly dubbed “The Algorithm” from MIT Tech Review. It focuses on newly introduced legislation in […]

ICD-10 diagnosis coding: The impact of equivocal language

April 17th, 2019 / By Karla VonEschen, CPC

Spring means different things depending on what part of the country you live in. For me, spring means melting snow, flowers and spring cleaning. This also seems like a good […]

Why won’t health plans pay for telehealth visits?

April 15th, 2019 / By L. Gordon Moore, MD

How long will it take until health plans catch up with the evidence? Non face-to-face visits can: be done well provide excellent care improve outcomes improve satisfaction reduce healthcare costs […]

AI Talk: HIPAA, privacy, online harms and ancient texts

April 12th, 2019 / By V. “Juggy” Jagannathan, PhD

This week’s AI Talk… HIPAA-compliant Alexa, Google I saw an article in Geek Wire about Alexa becoming Health Insurance Portability and Accountability (HIPAA) privacy rule compliant. It indeed has, as […]

The Florida Medicaid approach to quality improvement in managed care

April 12th, 2019 / By Richard Fuller, MS

One of the fundamental objectives of Medicaid programs contracting out their sizeable budgets to managed care companies is to improve the quality of care for their beneficiaries. As we frequently […]

Spring is in the air: CPT codes for allergies

April 10th, 2019 / By Kelly Long, CPC

Spring is in the air: the birds are chirping, the trees are starting to bud and the pollen count is increasing, bringing with it the dreaded springtime allergy season. Allergy […]

How should we capture social determinants of health as coded data? CDC invites public comment on ICD-10 codes for SDOH

April 8th, 2019 / By Rhonda Butler

I’ve got a two-part (maybe three-part) homework assignment for you: Read a pair of proposals for new ICD-10 codes, presented at the March C&M meeting. They are each two pages […]