September 29, 2015 - When it comes to EHR adoption, there is good news and bad news. The good? These systems are becoming almost ubiquitous at this point, with 95 percent of all eligible hospitals and critical access hospitals and 54 percent of all office-based physicians demonstrating meaningful use of a certified EHR as of April 2015. From this data, it appears that federal incentive programs designed to increase...
September 21, 2015 - Like its outgoing predecessor ICD-9, ICD-10 is a code set that plays both a clinical and financial role in American healthcare — that is, it is not a means of recording diagnoses and procedures but also billing and reimbursement. As a result, a successful ICD-10 transition requires sufficient preparation on the part of clinicians, coders, and billers alike. Given the financial risks...
September 15, 2015 - University of Missouri Health System is ready for upcoming ICD-10 transition deadline. In fact, it has been ready for over two years now, but a series of delays have at the very least provided MU Health with opportunities to fine-tune its ICD-10 preparation activities. According to MU Health ICD-10 Program Manager Gregory Brown, PMP, the buildup to the ICD-10 implementation has made clear...
September 9, 2015 - The advent of meaningful use is certainly responsible for increasing EHR adoption, but it hasn't ensured EHR usability and is likewise responsible oversaturating the EHR marketplace with health IT products which might have otherwise floundered without billions in EHR incentives. Recent research published in the Journal of American Medical Association (JAMA) finds that EHR usability is...
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