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Alabama Senators Urge Delaying ICD-10 Compliance Deadline


When it comes to the ICD-10 compliance deadline of October 1, 2015, a wide variety of opposition has popped up that is attempting to delay the healthcare industry’s transition to the ICD-10 coding set. Whether it is Representative Ted Poe’s...

How to Improve Patient Portal Use in Emergency Care


Initiatives around patient engagement and the push toward widespread patient portal use are continually being developed throughout the medical care sector. With the federal government establishing meaningful use objectives on patient engagement...

Are Meaningful Use Requirements Enough for Patient Engagement?


As Stage 2 Meaningful Use requirements have pushed forward the need for healthcare providers to offer patients a means to download, view, and transmit their electronic medical information, more healthcare facilities have implemented patient portals...

Patient Engagement Underscored with Decision Making Tools


Healthcare providers remain dedicated to improving patient engagement throughout the medical field despite the fact that the latest proposed modifications to Stage 2 Meaningful Use requirements have changed the percentage of patients required...

Will Health IT Systems Improve Radiology Reporting?


Within the healthcare industry, there are a wide variety of different professionals who participate in managing patient care including treatment and diagnosis. Health IT systems and EHR technology play a role in every medical providers’...

ICD-10 End-to-End Testing Week Shows Few Coding Errors


The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released the results of its second effective Medicare FFS ICD-10 end-to-end testing week, which took place at the end of April. Starting on April 27 and ending on May 1, clearinghouses,...

Seven ICD-10 Transition Steps Medical Coders Should Follow


With only four months to go until October 1, healthcare providers who are behind in their implementation of the new diagnostic coding set need to follow specific ICD-10 transition steps to ensure success by the compliance deadline. From integrating...

Does the ICD-10 Implementation Deadline Need More Delay?


Preparation for the coming ICD-10 implementation deadline has been steadily moving forward across the healthcare sector. With the federal government postponing the ICD-10 implementation deadline by one year to October 1, 2015, healthcare providers...

Errors after ICD-10 Compliance Deadline Affect Reimbursement


The ICD-10 compliance deadline is right around the corner and providers will need to be ready to transition to the new coding set by October in order to receive sufficient reimbursements for medical care services from the Centers for Medicare...

Why Postponing ICD-10 Compliance Deadline Causes Setback


Due to the legislative motions and prior delays to the ICD-10 compliance deadline, there are many healthcare organizations across the country that may not have made as much progress in preparing for the new medical coding set scheduled to begin...

Key Steps for ICD-10 Preparation before October 1 Deadline


The ICD-10 compliance deadline will be here momentarily. Healthcare providers have little more than four months left before October 1, which means their ICD-10 preparation efforts must move forward quickly in order to be ready for the transition...

Modifications to Meaningful Use Requirements Find Backing


Last month, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a new proposed rule with several key modifications to meaningful use requirements under the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs. The general public has until...

Why You Should Support the Safe Harbor ICD-10 Conversion Bill


The ICD-10 conversion brings with it many complications and physician groups across the country are looking to avoid putting additional time and monetary strain among providers from implementing the new coding set. In that attempt, Representative...

ICD-10 Implementation Vital for Value-based Care Payments


When the SGR bill was passed by the Senate without any ICD-10 implementation delays, the proponents of the new coding set rejoiced. Not only did passage of this bill bring about a stronger formula for Medicare reimbursements but it also meant...

Public Comments Sought for Meaningful Use Proposed Rules


Yesterday the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) along with the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) announced that the three most recent notices of proposed rulemaking (NPRMs) are available for public comment....

Health IT Standards, Information Governance Needed in Medicine


The health IT industry may be very complex but common standards – especially those of certified EHR technology – tend to elucidate guidelines that vendors and providers need to follow in order to successfully attest to meaningful use requirements...

How Does Physician EHR Use Affect Doctor-Patient Relationship?


In recent years, the patient-doctor relationship has been evolving significantly with the advent of health IT systems and certified EHR technology. The healthcare industry has also been pushing forward patient engagement though the utilization...

Will ICD-10 Compliance Deadline Affect Hospital Payments?


The ICD-10 compliance deadline is set to take place on October 1, 2015 as long as no legislation-based delays occur. The ICD-10 transition is bound to affect a variety of healthcare procedures especially billing and claims processing. On March...

Certified EHR Technology Aids Care Coordination, Payment Reform


The development of Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) has an overarching goal of lowering healthcare costs across the board by enabling a team of healthcare professionals to work together in treating a patient and preventing disease. Essentially,...

EHR Interoperability Imperative for Care Coordination


The medical industry is incorporating stronger strategies for care coordination to reform the sector and improve quality of care.  One major aspect of improving care coordination stemming from the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is...



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