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Do You Have an Electronic Medical Record?

Do You Have an Electronic Medical Record?

October 27, 2014 – 2:06 am |

It all started in 2004, when then President George W. Bush launched a program to provide Americans with an electronic health record (EHR) in 2014. Though a similar goal was set by President Barack Obama in 2009, most citizens …

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Planning for the Future

October 31, 2014 – 2:06 am |
Planning for the Future

Physician practices have long been concerned about the financial implications of the new ICD-10 code set transition. A recent report commissioned by the American Medical Association reinforces that fear as they estimate the costs might be as much as five times more expensive than originally thought. Wonder what that number looks like post-delay? This interesting news came from Bloomberg BNA in their article, “Has ICD-10 Implementation Just Gotten A Lot More Expensive?”

ICD-10 is a code set updating healthcare diagnoses and procedures from the currently used 13,000 codes in ICD-9 to 68,000 codes. All Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) entities must transition to ICD-10 by October 1, 2015.

The most financially vulnerable are small providers. With this impending reality, making sure that claims are processed in a timely and compliant fashion becomes more important than ever. There are tools available to ease the transition and improve upon the current systems. Machine-aided indexing solutions, such as Access Integrity’s ICD Tagger, can make the transition a little easier. The change is here; all that is left to do is embrace it and work to find meaningful solutions.

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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Above the Law

October 31, 2014 – 2:04 am |
Above the Law

Five Medicare beneficiaries recently filed a class action lawsuit against the Obama administration for delaying their Medicare appeals. This information came from The Hill in their article, “Medicare beneficiaries sue over slow appeals.”
The Center for Medicare …

From Paper to Digital

October 31, 2014 – 2:02 am |
From Paper to Digital

Healthcare systems continue to face enormous challenges. In the list, if not at the top, is the challenge of technology. eHealth is a broad term for a variety of technologies and services, from electronic health …

Engaging the Patient

October 30, 2014 – 2:06 am |
Engaging the Patient

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 – …

Start Where You Are

October 30, 2014 – 2:04 am |
Start Where You Are

How can you be better prepared for the ICD-10 coding classification transition? One way is to start improving your ICD-9 coding. Government Health IT brought this news to us in their article, “Here’s how to start your …

Fraud Found in Florida

October 30, 2014 – 2:02 am |
Fraud Found in Florida

Fraud arrests and indictments continue as Florida prosecutors arrested 20 more Medicare fraud suspects, including one seemingly busy psychiatrist who allegedly generated $7.5 million in false claims for Medicare patients who did not need psychiatric …

New Problems with New Solutions

October 29, 2014 – 2:06 am |
New Problems with New Solutions

Digital data is not something the generation before us had to deal with, let alone our ancestors. This is especially true in health care. It really is a less-than-a-decade-old problem. President George W. Bush kicked off a project designed …

Large or Small, Fraud is Fraud

October 29, 2014 – 2:04 am |
Large or Small, Fraud is Fraud

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 …

The Learning Curve

October 29, 2014 – 2:02 am |
The Learning Curve

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 …

Preventing Disaster

October 28, 2014 – 2:06 am |
Preventing Disaster

Many fingers were pointing at the electronic health record (EHR) system at the Texas hospital as being at fault for allowing the Ebola-infected patient to leave untreated, thus exposing others. It is always easy to …

Health Care in the Social Media World

October 28, 2014 – 2:04 am |
Health Care in the Social Media World

The healthcare field is very busy these days. Between electronic health records (EHRs) and ICD-10, not to mention the Affordable Health Care Act and Meaningful Use, there is much activity taking place. Soon there may …