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Hi-Tech Healthcare

September 1, 2014 – 2:06 am |

Patients are used to televisions in waiting rooms, emergency rooms, and the inpatient rooms. However, in the wave of electronic health information, more and more monitors are being installed throughout critical care units to amp …

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The Benefit of Using EHRs for Medication Reconciliation

September 1, 2014 – 2:04 am |
The Benefit of Using EHRs for Medication Reconciliation

Electronic health records (EHRs) can help standardize medication reconciliation for hospitalized patients. There are challenges such as data quality, technical, and workflow issues; however they aren’t insurmountable. eWeek brought this interesting news to us in their article, “Electronic Health Records Help With Medication Reconciliation.”

The key challenges to effective medication reconciliation include improving access to reliable medication histories, refining EHR usability, engaging physicians more fully, and routinely sharing patient information with the next providers of care. Those do not sound like challenges that are unique to medication reconciliation; they also apply to patient care and technology in general. We already know that technologies won’t be used consistently and to their fullest extent without buy-in from physicians and other clinical staff. It is key to driving this process, and providers will be able to see direct, meaningful benefits to efficiency and quality.

This clinical transformation is taking place everywhere, in big cities and with small providers. Look to professionals for guidance and assistance. Access Integrity can provide training and offer quality assurance services, reducing the risk of coding errors and incorrect tags. Access Integrity is fully ANSI compliant and can help reduce costs in the workflow.

Melody K. Smith.

Sponsored by Access Integrity, delivering advanced technology solutions for full and complete compliant processing of medical transactions to the healthcare industry.

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Prepared for Today and Tomorrow

September 1, 2014 – 2:02 am |
Prepared for Today and Tomorrow

Career Step is an online provider of career-focused education and corporate training. They also offer a Professional Medical Coding and Billing curriculum and recently announced that it is on track to have students prepared for …

Doctors Going Into the Healthcare Management Business

August 29, 2014 – 2:06 am |
Doctors Going Into the Healthcare Management Business

Beginning at the first of the year, the government is planning to pay doctors to coordinate the care of Medicare beneficiaries. Some feel that this is not a positive move, considering the growing evidence that patients …

Use the Extra Time for Training

August 29, 2014 – 2:04 am |
Use the Extra Time for Training

Despite the differences between ICD-9 and ICD-10, the basic rules of coding will remain unchanged. This should bring a sigh of relief from many in the profession. Trained coders will see a number of similarities in …

Standards Are Key

August 29, 2014 – 2:02 am |
Standards Are Key

The federal government is working on the details of a 10-year plan to put in place standards for electronic health records (EHRs). This interesting information was found on The Business of Federal Technology in their article, “DeSalvo: Time …

Tightening the Process and Results

August 28, 2014 – 2:06 am |
Tightening the Process and Results

We have heard time and time again about the increase in the number of ICD-10 codes compared to ICD-9 – five times the number. But aside from the quantity, how is ICD-10 more valuable than …

Enforcing Fraud Prevention

August 28, 2014 – 2:04 am |
Enforcing Fraud Prevention

Electronic health records (EHRs) and the incentives that can come with them are often referred to as a single program. There are actually two, similar programs: one for Medicare and one for Medicaid. This interesting information …

Collaboration Produces Results

August 28, 2014 – 2:02 am |
Collaboration Produces Results

Every healthcare provider is facing the challenge of electronic medical records systems. It is costing tens of billions of dollars, consuming tons of staff time and creating many other challenges with regard to resources and deadlines. Just …

Key to the Patient

August 27, 2014 – 2:06 am |
Key to the Patient

Electronic health record (EHR) systems are fast becoming an integral part of a healthcare practice’s business. However, while many medical practices adopted EHR in search of government incentives, they adopted practice management software for their own …

Honoring the Deadline

August 27, 2014 – 2:04 am |
Honoring the Deadline

Recently, a bipartisan group of lawmakers sent a letter to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Marilyn Tavenner with a request for more information on the agency’s progress and future plans for ICD-10 implementation. This …

Taking It All the Way

August 27, 2014 – 2:02 am |
Taking It All the Way

Making the mandatory transition from ICD-9 to ICD-10 by the October 2015 deadline will likely be one of the most costly and complex changes made by the American medical community. Between software, training, potential pitfalls in reimbursement, …