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Uncharted Territory

Uncharted Territory

December 15, 2014 – 2:06 am |

Paper may become obsolete in a medical practice or hospital in the not-so-distant future. By the time the next decade rolls in, there will be no paper charts. There may be paper usage in various capacities, …

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Tightening the Reins

December 19, 2014 – 2:06 am |
Tightening the Reins

Even with the delays, physicians are still asking for more delays of the ICD-10 coding classification implementation. Many of their fears involve the financial implications and impact on their cash flow. Experts keep the fear fresh with their warnings that they may have to survive without reimbursement revenue for six months after October 1, 2015. Government Health IT brought this news to us in their article, “8 tips for avoiding ICD-10 revenue disruption.”

There are some steps that medical practices can take to mitigate the risk of reimbursement delays and lessen the impact on their cash flow. Of course, at the top of that list is stockpiling cash reserves now. Unfortunately, few physicians see that as a practical possibility.

Second on the list is to reduce their accounts receivable time frame as much as possible. The targeted goal is less than 30 days.

And rounding out the top three is proper investments in help to get medical claims out the door as soon as possible. It may be worth it to hire more medical coding or billing staff who will get the claims coded right.

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 Dafne Cholet, https://www.flickr.com/photos/dafnecholet/5374200948/ / CC BY 2.0

Digital Medicine

December 19, 2014 – 2:04 am |
Digital Medicine

When hospitals started making the transition to electronic health records (EHRs), many nurses moved out of a caregiving role and into an information technology role. Modern Healthcare brought this information to our attention in their …

At What Cost?

December 19, 2014 – 2:02 am |
At What Cost?

Cost is a common subject when it comes to ICD-10 and the upcoming transition, but it is usually in the context of how much the preparation will cost when all is said and done, or the impact …

EHRs To Go

December 18, 2014 – 2:06 am |
EHRs To Go

Mobile-focused electronic health record (EHR) company drchrono has updated its iPad and smartphone-based application so that both can be accessed with Apple’s Touch ID. This was a security feature that was added to the latest …

Attempt to Delay ICD-10 Failed This Time

December 18, 2014 – 2:04 am |
Attempt to Delay ICD-10 Failed This Time

There has been quite a significant lobbying effort mounted by a small but very vocal minority within the healthcare industry of late. Their goal was to further delay the implementation of ICD-10 to well into 2017. …

Moving Into the Future

December 18, 2014 – 2:02 am |
Moving Into the Future

Electronic health records (EHRs) are the catalyst for advancement and collaboration among healthcare providers. Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital was initially blamed when it failed to diagnose the first United States case of Ebola last month. Of …

Managing a Crisis with EHRs

December 17, 2014 – 2:06 am |
Managing a Crisis with EHRs

We have discussed the challenges of digitizing medical records here for quite a while now. Imagine trying to start a digitization project during an epidemic. Currently, the International Rescue Committee (IRC), a crisis organization, is …

Preying on the Sufferings of Others

December 17, 2014 – 2:04 am |

The reports of fraud continue as more people apparently try to take advantage of the Medicare and Medicaid system for profit. This time it is from Massachusetts and was brought to us from the MetroWest …

Time to Move On

December 17, 2014 – 2:02 am |
Time to Move On

Moving past the most recent ICD-10 delay may take some providers longer than others to recover. The number of healthcare organizations who had been preparing for an October 1, 2014 deadline and who now are continuing …

Early Achievements in Meaningful Use

December 16, 2014 – 2:06 am |
Early Achievements in Meaningful Use

Faith Community Hospital (FCH) in Jacksboro, Texas is celebrating a successful adoption of an electronic health record (EHR) system. They are in an elite group, as one of only 17 percent of hospitals in the …

Fraud Prevalent in Home Care

December 16, 2014 – 2:04 am |
Fraud Prevalent in Home Care

Physicians visiting the elderly at home to provide medical care sounds like the perfect solution to limiting additional injuries in transport for those who are weak and frail. But like most things that are meant …