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A look back at popular blogs of 2017

December 15th, 2017

Thanks for reading the Inside Angle blog in 2017! As 2018 approaches, revisit some of our most popular blogs of the year: 1. HCCs: A frequent factor in the value […]

Hospitals and health systems address impact of social determinants and other non-medical factors

December 13th, 2017 / By L. Gordon Moore, MD

In a representative survey of 300 hospitals and health systems, the Deloitte Center for Health Solutions discovered that: “80 percent of hospital respondents reported that leadership is committed to establishing […]

ICD-10 holiday adventure

December 11th, 2017 / By Kelly Long

I will admit I simply love the holidays. There is nothing more spectacular than the spirit of goodwill floating through the air. So, let’s have some fun as we walk […]

How I learned HL7 FHIR as a clinician without losing my mind

December 8th, 2017 / By Rachael Howe

The Health Level 7 (HL7) FHIR is a new interoperability standard for exchanging healthcare data. HL7 monitors implementations of FHIR and continually works to improve the specifications, in addition to […]

Lest we forget: Focus still on medical necessity

December 6th, 2017 / By Barbara Aubry, RN

Can you believe 2017 is coming to a close? Did this year fly by for everyone, or is it just me? Some pretty interesting ideas were put forth in 2017, […]

Walking the tightrope: Balancing ICD-10 coding rules and data needs

December 4th, 2017 / By Rhonda Butler

Coding is fundamentally a balancing act, a delicate, high-wire dance intended to get useful data from the medical record that can be widely shared in health care. It happens at […]

Cloudy with a chance of Brain Fog

December 1st, 2017 / By Gail Barackman

Recently, I experienced a period of time when my brain felt fuzzy, or better yet, foggy. And not the kind of fogginess you suffer after a bad night’s sleep or […]

What has the biggest impact on our health?

November 29th, 2017 / By Rebecca Caux-Harry

Last month, I wrote about my experience with The Texas Medical Center and the loss of my mother. One reader questioned whether the healthcare system is working (as I maintained […]

Advancing informatics: Experiencing AMIA for the first time

November 27th, 2017 / By Jacee Robison, RN

This November I attended the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) Conference for the first time. After graduating this past May with a Masters in Nursing Informatics from the University of […]

Consumer-directed health plans, rational economic theory and the Triple Aim

November 22nd, 2017 / By Katie Christensen

The consumer-directed health plan (“high deductible”) remains a popular insurance option, theoretically leaving patients more empowered than ever to optimize the Triple Aim initiative (maximum health and quality while minimizing […]

Lesser ICD-10 impact this year, but maybe not so for LCDs

November 20th, 2017 / By Divya Verma, RHIA

When 2018 ICD-10 codes were implemented this October 1, I hoped that ICD-10 related Local Coverage Determination (LCD) updates would be fewer as compared to last year’s updates. Due to […]

The specialist referral: Do primary care providers have all the information they need?

November 17th, 2017 / By Steve Delaronde

The role of the primary care provider is to serve as a generalist in managing their patients’ health. Specialists are available to provide expert opinion or specific procedures beyond the […]