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Can Shortcuts Lead to Fraud?

Can Shortcuts Lead to Fraud?

August 18, 2014 – 2:06 am |

The practice of cloning notes in electronic health records (EHRs) has drawn criticism from many, including those in the government. Some go as far as to call the practice fraud. Many in the medical field have …

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Implementation Date Firm

August 21, 2014 – 2:06 am |
Implementation Date Firm

On July 31, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced that October 1, 2015 is the new implementation date for the much-awaited ICD-10 coding classification transition. No one was truly surprised by that announcement, as it had been alluded to since the April delay caused by the Senate passing HR 4302. ICD-10 Monitor brought this news to us in their article, “Good News: ICD-10 Implementation Date Announced.”

Many in health care have invested much time, effort, resources, and funding into implementation prior to and since the announcement of the delay.

A joint press release by HHS and CMS (the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services) indicated that “this deadline allows providers, insurance companies, and others in the healthcare industry time to ramp up their operations to ensure their systems and business processes are ready to go on Oct. 1, 2015.”

The current coding classification system – ICD-9 – works great with Access Integrity’s product. They will be ready for ICD-10, too. With the automated indexing system flagging medical transactions for coding errors, claims submission becomes streamlined, ICD Tagger has the potential to transform the medical coding and billing landscapes.

Melody K. Smith

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

Focusing on the Meaning

August 21, 2014 – 2:04 am |
Focusing on the Meaning

The engagement of patients and their families in patients’ health care is a prominent goal of the EHR (electronic health record) Incentive Program, also known as Meaningful Use. As the second of five health policy priorities, this policy …

Tightening Security

August 21, 2014 – 2:02 am |
Tightening Security

Data breaches, identity theft, and viruses have become part of the daily news cycle. In the world of health care, exposing the medical and financial records of millions of patients is a daily risk. As health …

Technology in Patient Care

August 20, 2014 – 2:06 am |
Technology in Patient Care

iMedicor has launched the first-in-class, fully customizable, cloud-based, iCoreMD electronic heath record (EHR) system. IT Business Net brought this news to us in their article, “iMedicor Launches Proprietary iCoreMD, Cloud-Based, Customizable Electronic Health Records Platform.” The …

EHRs Can Help in the Fight Against Fraud

August 20, 2014 – 2:04 am |
EHRs Can Help in the Fight Against Fraud

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has plans to expand a Medicare anti-fraud demonstration project that mandates prior authorization for certain medical devices and equipment before the items are delivered or claims for payment …

Taking Health Information Technology to the Next Level

August 20, 2014 – 2:02 am |
Taking Health Information Technology to the Next Level

Kaiser Permanente and Johns Hopkins Medicine unveiled a strategic partnership in which electronic health records (EHRs) and health information technology (HIT) systems will play a key role in enabling innovation in patient-centered and coordinated care. This …

Eliminating the Fraud Behavior

August 19, 2014 – 2:06 am |
Eliminating the Fraud Behavior

Medical fraud is apparently not limited to the large medical providers and corporate giants. A Philadelphia ambulance driver was sentenced recently to two years in prison for allegedly taking part in in a conspiracy that …

EHRs are Changing Things

August 19, 2014 – 2:04 am |
EHRs are Changing Things

Healthcare organizations continue to implement the government’s meaningful-use incentive program for electronic health records (EHRs). FrontRange has introduced what it calls a change-management application to facilitate the move toward EHR implementation. This interesting news was …

Data Mining the EHRs

August 19, 2014 – 2:02 am |
Data Mining the EHRs

With the creation of electronic health records (EHRs) comes the challenge of retrieving the vast amount of information contained therein. The potential to advance diagnosis and treatment for patients is really endless. The quantity of …

Providing the Best of Care

August 18, 2014 – 2:04 am |
Providing the Best of Care

How can best practices in pediatric preventive care become actionable in an electronic environment? Researchers from the Indiana University School of Medicine and the Regenstrief Institute recently pondered the best practices in pediatric preventive care …

Laying Out a New Plan

August 18, 2014 – 2:02 am |
Laying Out a New Plan

ICD-10 coding classification implementation has been moved to October 1, 2015. To help with the transition, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), in collaboration with physicians, has developed specific guidance and offers customizable, …