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Global surgery visits: New requirements to bill Medicare

June 26th, 2017 / By Rebecca Caux-Harry

This month, Inside Angle blogger Rebecca Caux-Harry discusses E/M coding guidelines with Andee Andriole, 3M senior manager of outpatient consulting services. Andee: So, I guess we need to start thinking […]

Understanding ICD-10 data: What the root operations can (and can’t) tell you

June 23rd, 2017 / By Rhonda Butler

In my last blog I said that the ICD-10-PCS root operations are not created equal—some are narrowly defined, and some have “wiggle room” in their definitions. By “narrowly defined,” I […]

Payer-provider collaboration fosters market strength

June 21st, 2017 / By Kristine Daynes

Profitability for a health plan used to be a factor of actuarial skill and efficient operations. Insurers tended to invest in technology to increase the efficiency of call centers, contract […]

What is Nursing Informatics?

June 19th, 2017 / By Jacee Robison, RN

When I tell people that I am a Nurse Informaticist, confusion and curiosity usually ensues. Nursing informatics, as defined by the American Nursing Association (ANA), is “a specialty that integrates […]

Looking for technology that helps clinicians be brilliant

June 16th, 2017 / By L. Gordon Moore, MD

Doctors work really hard to take care of their patients, but find the technology at their fingertips is more of an obstruction and friction than a resource. Natural language processing […]

Is there a place for specialty care in accountable care organizations?

June 14th, 2017 / By Steve Delaronde

Primary care providers (PCPs) have received most of the attention from accountable care organizations (ACOs).  Specialty care providers, such as cardiologists, orthopedists, and other surgical and non-surgical specialists are still […]

Rethinking evaluation and management services in EHR documentation

June 12th, 2017 / By Barbara Aubry, RN

I don’t know about you, but I am sure my physicians spend more time typing into their computer than talking with me, except for two that come to mind immediately—one […]

For the good of specificity

June 9th, 2017 / By Clarissa George

We know that being more specific in coding can affect and potentially increase reimbursement depending on the type of visit and conditions. Today, however, I would like to focus on another aspect of being more specific—tracking conditions which enables […]

Narrative text and NLP: Looking beyond your field of vision

June 7th, 2017 / By Barbara Zellerino

Recently a colleague sent me a link to an article in the The New Yorker magazine titled “Tell Me Where It Hurts.” The article, written by Atul Guwande, surgeon and public-health researcher, is about using incremental care in medicine. Instead of jumping to treat the symptoms, incremental care […]

Book Review: An American Sickness by Elizabeth Rosenthal, M.D.

June 5th, 2017 / By Norbert Goldfield, MD

“In the past quarter century, the American medical system has stopped focusing on health or even science. Instead it attends more or less single-mindedly to its own profits.” So begins […]

The growing importance of shared clinical data for payer and provider collaboration

June 2nd, 2017 / By Gretchen Mills

There is a lot of talk about “big data” and its impact on health care. So let’s dig deeper and ask: “How can shared clinical data be used to create […]

Improving health care: Actuarial Challenge announces Round 2 results

May 31st, 2017 / By Paul LaBrec

Earlier this year I wrote a blog about the Actuarial Challenge, a contest sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJ) and judged by Milliman, in which participants work in […]