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Providers reaching the critical point in ICD-10 education: Q&A

by Jennifer Bresnick

As the clock keeps ticking down to October 1, 2014, providers who are behind the curve when it comes to their ICD-10 preparations are about to hit a critical tipping point.  With the CMS Testing Week nearly upon us and a worrying...

ICD-10 education, CDI training must be flexible for physicians

by Jennifer Bresnick

In the few months left before ICD-10 collides with the healthcare industry, providers have a last chance to close the gap by providing training and education to their physicians and coders.  Documentation must be improved, coding skills...

Will managing risk consume too many healthcare resources?

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Executive leadership at healthcare organizations view regulatory changes and increased regulatory scrutiny as a major strategic risk and one that is going to impact spending across the organization, according to a survey conducted by North...

How does health IT ensure the success of reporting programs?

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Reporting is integral to any federal-, state-, or organization-level initiative aimed at improving cost, quality, and the like. Whether a healthcare organization is seeking to receive EHR incentive payments as part of meaningful use or...

Physician practices very concerned about ICD-10, says MGMA

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Concerns are high among physician practices working to implement all the changes required to comply with ICD-10 come October 1, according to a Medical Group Management Association survey conducted last month. “The critical coordination...

SAMHSA offers guidance for ICD-10 transition

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has recently published tips for behavioral health providers preparing to transition from ICD-9 to ICD-10 by the October 1 deadline. The division within the Department...

ICD-10 education must focus on clinical documentation improvement

by Jennifer Bresnick

The race towards ICD-10 is quickly becoming a sprint as we hurtle towards the October 1, 2014 implementation date, and the time has come for providers to start thinking about how to prepare the troops.  Both coders and physicians need...

Why integration led to an Epic implementation at Baptist

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

For Baptist Memorial Health Care, the New Year kicked off its journey of implementing and adopting an integrated EHR solution from Epic Systems. Vice President and Chief Clinical Transformation Officer Beverly Jordan is at the forefront of...

Why ICD-10 Is Not Just A Coding Project

by Sponsored Content

If you think ICD-10 is all about new codes, you are dead wrong. ICD-10 is really about “documentation” ─ we clinicians have learned from day one that, “If it’s not documented, it wasn’t done.” This...

How are preparations for Stage 2 Meaningful Use progressing?

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

As far as eligible hospitals are concerned, Stage 2 Meaningful Use is in its fourth month. Early signs point to these providers facing numerous of challenges that go beyond their own responsibilities (e.g., vendor certification) and even...

DeSalvo delivers first remarks to Health IT Policy Committee

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The new year is just a couple weeks old. Younger still is the tenure of the new head of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, Karen DeSalvo, MD, MPH, MSc. During the first meeting of the HIT Policy...

Why are providers suddenly so confident about ICD-10?

by Jennifer Bresnick

For the past two or three years, ICD-10 surveys have all basically been the same.  Filled with panic, confusion, distrust, and dismay, there is rarely anything positive to say about the industry’s blindfolded three-legged race...

AMA continues ICD-10 opposition despite looming deadline

by Jennifer Bresnick

“It ain’t over ‘til it’s over” seems to be the American Medical Association’s (AMA) motto in its ongoing fight against the mandated October 1, 2014 implementation date for ICD-10.  Strong objections...

ICD-10 revenue impact will be a “rude awakening” for providers

by Jennifer Bresnick

Providers and payers are still lacking a comprehensive understanding of the revenue and business impacts of the ICD-10 transition, according to a recent survey conducted by audit and tax firm KPMG, and few organizations have a firm plan to...

AMA forecasts busy 2014 with Stage 2 Meaningful Use, ICD-10

by Jennifer Bresnick

The American Medical Association is gearing up for an action-packed year, says AMA President Ardis Dee Hoven, MD in a blog post.  Between the implementation of ICD-10, the beginning of Stage 2 Meaningful Use, and several big federal...

Top ICD-10 clinical documentation improvement pain points

by Jennifer Bresnick

Providers will need to cram a hundred different ICD-10 prep activities into the next ten months before the October 1, 2014 transition hits the industry, and it won’t be an easy mountain to climb.  In addition to technical...

ICD-10 checkpoint: Testing, training, and teamwork in Q1

by Jennifer Bresnick

Time to sweep up all the New Year’s confetti and tuck away that Christmas tree, because January is upon us and ICD-10 waits for no one.  The first quarter of 2014 will see a lot of providers playing catch-up as they scramble to...

ICD-10, Stage 2 MU, HIE among DeSalvo’s new challenges

by Jennifer Bresnick

Karen DeSalvo’s new appointment as National Coordinator for Health IT is certainly an exciting development, but the new leader of the ONC will barely have time to unpack her pencils and shake hands with her new colleagues on January...

ICD-10 prep still plagued by manpower, data integrity issues

by Jennifer Bresnick

ICD-10 surveys roll out on a regular basis, polling the readiness of an industry that has been anything but prepared for the major transition slated for October 1, 2014.  Following the release of WEDI’s latest effort to gauge...

Epic, ICD-10, government shutdown are hottest topics of 2013

by Jennifer Bresnick

Healthcare is in the middle of a massive shakeup, and there are plenty of big stories to go along with the changes.  From Dr. Farzad Mostashari’s departure from the ONC to the Stage 2 and Stage 3 meaningful use delay, the...



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