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    • Understanding claims in the context of the revenue cycle

      For hospitals and physician practices to ensure that their claims are paid, they must first understand how the different components of claims management affect reimbursement. "Whether you call it revenue cycle or protecting your reimbursement, succe...

    • Replacing your EHR in light of Stage 2 Meaningful Use

      Switching EHR systems is a difficult task at the best of times, but for providers entering Stage 2 of the EHR Incentive Programs, it can be a rocky road to travel.  Stage 2 brings with it a number of increased reporting thresholds, the requirement to ...

    • Is Meaningful Use meaningless for care quality?

      Physicians participating in the EHR Incentive Programs produced only marginally better scores on certain key quality measures than their non-meaningful user peers, and even scored worse on others, says a study published online in JAMA this week.  The ...

    • Readers, providers express disapproval of ICD-10 delay

      Professional organizations like AHIMA and CHIME aren’t the only ones annoyed at the political maneuvering that led to the most recent ICD-10 delay, which pushes off the new code set until October 1, 2015 at the earliest.  Somewhat surprisingly, perh...

    • AHA sues HHS over two-midnight rule, Medicare policies

      The American Hospital Association (AHA) has increased its advocacy against the two-midnight rule and other Medicare inpatient policies, which now includes a series of complaints filed in United States District Court on Monday. The AHA is one of a ha...

    • Study: Experienced nurses lead to shorter hospital stays

      Nurses with longer tenures in the same hospital unit have been tied to significantly improved cost savings and patient outcomes according to a four-year study conducted in Veterans Affairs hospitals by Columbia University.  After reviewing more than 9...

    • What makes an Epic EHR adoption, optimization successful?

      Although Epic EHR adoption differs from others in its cost and scope, its adopters face the same challenge of their fellow EHR users — optimization. The journey to becoming a HIMSS Analytics Stage 6 with plans for reaching Stage 7 at Access Commun...

    • WEDI: ICD-10 delay is frustrating, but also an opportunity

      When Congress voted to delay the implementation of ICD-10 by at least a year, the healthcare industry immediately exploded into a cacophony of conflicting opinions.  While some organizations expressed severe disappointment, others took the delay in st...

    • Sanders: Bedside support will flag patients before they’re sick

      “Personalized medicine” is a popular buzzword among clinical decision support advocates and data analytics devotees, and for good reason.  The idea of tailoring a treatment to an individual’s unique health status or making a diagnosis before the...

    • Can you afford to delay your ICD-10 implementation?

      There have been many developments and changes to the healthcare system, ranging from the Affordable Care Act to meaningful use. One of the many changes is the transition to the ICD-10 Classification of Diseases. Currently the United States is behind in...

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