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Engaging Patients in Their Healthcare

Engaging Patients in Their Healthcare

September 29, 2014 – 2:06 am |

It has been the norm in the healthcare realm to believe that the information in a patient’s chart belonged to the caregivers, i.e. physician, hospital, nurse. Electronic health records (EHRs) are changing that assumption.
It wasn’t …

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Moving Forward

October 2, 2014 – 2:06 am |
Moving Forward

Everyone should be in full preparation mode for the October 1, 2015 ICD-10 compliance date. Part of that preparation should include evaluation and redefining the clinical documentation value chain. A value chain is a series of activities that are performed in order to deliver a valuable product or service for the organization. I think it is safe to say that the medical data in the clinical documentation you possess is valuable. The ICD-10 Monitor brought this news to our attention in their article, “The ICD-10 Countdown:  What Is Your Strategy?”

The clinical documentation value chain consists of physician documentation, a clinical documentation improvement (CDI) program, and coding and compliance processes, with the end goal of developing an integrated and streamlined process that is focused on the integrity of the clinical documentation. This doesn’t stop at the initial evaluation. It cuts across the entire continuum of care, utilizing complete and electronic physician documentation methods.

Medical coding requires specialized expertise and systems tailored to the regulatory requirements in which healthcare providers, hospitals, and doctors deliver their services. Training is very important for a successful implementation. That is why Access Integrity provides training to a client’s staff and then offers quality assurance and validation services.

Melody K. Smith

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

Photo by Andrew Michael Nathan, https://www.flickr.com/photos/digitaldrew/4930438982/ / CC BY 2.0

Taking Care to Take Care

October 2, 2014 – 2:04 am |
Taking Care to Take Care

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 …

Fighting the Fraud Battle

October 2, 2014 – 2:02 am |
Fighting the Fraud Battle

Another ambulance company has been found guilty of fraud. The general manager of a southern California ambulance company pleaded guilty yesterday in Los Angeles to conspiracy to commit Medicare fraud, conspiracy to obstruct a Medicare …

Health Care and Technology

October 1, 2014 – 2:06 am |
Health Care and Technology

With the Affordable Care Act mandating the digitization of a patient’s paper chart, companies like Meditech are busy providing electronic health record (EHR) systems for hospitals, physician’s offices, nursing homes, and other healthcare facilities. We talk a …

Keeping in Step With Technology

October 1, 2014 – 2:04 am |
Keeping in Step With Technology

Getting patients more involved in their own health care is one of the key goals of the Affordable Care Act. It would seem easy to do, but there is resistance coming from both sides – …

Collaboration for the Long Haul

October 1, 2014 – 2:02 am |
Collaboration for the Long Haul

No one in health care, or in any distance from it, hasn’t heard the words ICD-10 by now. Healthcare providers and all their staff should be knee deep in the transition preparations as we speak. …

Efficiency Can Be Taught

September 30, 2014 – 2:06 am |
Efficiency Can Be Taught

Many practitioners have been complaining about the challenges of technology and the time it is taking away from their time with patients. For the most part, this has been brushed off as a learning curve …

You Are Not Alone

September 30, 2014 – 2:04 am |
You Are Not Alone

There are many resources out there to help healthcare organizations and providers be prepared for the ICD-10 coding classification transition that is effective on October 1, 2015. After two delays and much worry, some providers …

Maintaining Quality in Care

September 30, 2014 – 2:02 am |
Maintaining Quality in Care

Medytox Solutions has acquired substantially all of the assets of Globalone Information Technologies, LLC, a company that specializes in electronic health record (EHR) solutions. Its proprietary software is web-based with medical transcription, revenue cycle management, …

Being Prepared is Vital

September 29, 2014 – 2:04 am |
Being Prepared is Vital

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has set October 1, 2015 as the new date by which physicians are expected to use the International Classification of Diseases, 10th Revision (ICD-10) for diagnosis coding. This …

Putting a Face to the Digital

September 29, 2014 – 2:02 am |
Putting a Face to the Digital

Kaiser Permanente and Johns Hopkins Medicine have 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 …