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Learning to Appreciate the Technology

Learning to Appreciate the Technology

April 21, 2014 – 2:06 am |

Healthcare organizations and health information management (HIM) professionals are looking for the most efficient means to address the medical coding issue of ICD-10 and its effect on their revenue streams. This is especially true now that …

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Funding Held Until Results Are Seen

April 24, 2014 – 2:06 am |
Funding Held Until Results Are Seen

Last week, the House Appropriations Committee approved a fiscal year 2015 budget plan that would withhold 75% of the funding the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) requested for electronic health record (EHR) system upgrades until the department can prove that it has made progress on EHR interoperability. It is expected that the committee’s budget bill for the Department of Defense (DOD) will reflect the same language.

The iEHR project was a joint integrated EHR platform between the VA and DOD intended to make the current EHR system more interoperable. This interesting information came to us from iHealth Beat in their article, “Lawmakers To Withhold Funding Until VA, DOD Make EHR Progress.”

Everyone is facing a challenge with technology, but it seems that the VA hasn’t recognized the full benefit of EHRs. As more continue to adopt this technology, the information will be used at every stage of provider/patient transaction. Using an automated indexing system like ICD Tagger from Access Integrity will ensure compliant processing of healthcare transactions.

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 Taber Andrew Bain, https://www.flickr.com/photos/andrewbain/521898569/ / CC BY 2.0

EHR Systems Recognized for Technological Value

April 24, 2014 – 2:04 am |
EHR Systems Recognized for Technological Value

Project Tiki is an Official Honoree for Mobile Applications in the Health & Fitness category in the 18th Annual Webby Awards. The Webby Awards, presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (IADAS), is the leading …

Fraud Indictments Continue

April 24, 2014 – 2:02 am |
Fraud Indictments Continue

The former owners of two now defunct medical equipment companies have been sentenced to 54 months in prison and ordered to pay almost $2 million in restitution after being convicted of submitting claims on behalf of …

Waiting for Clarification

April 23, 2014 – 2:06 am |
Waiting for Clarification

A coalition of health care organizations has sent a letter to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator urging the agency to clarify the ICD-10 implementation delay as soon as possible. Many are …

Staying Focused on the Goal

April 23, 2014 – 2:04 am |
Staying Focused on the Goal

The 10th revision of the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems (ICD-10) introduces a significant change to the coding system.  However, when H.R. 4302 was signed into law, it pushed back the …

Sharpening Your Skills

April 23, 2014 – 2:02 am |
Sharpening Your Skills

It is refreshing to see the education system recognizing the shift in the skills needed in health care. Ashworth College has added an Electronic Health Records Management Career Diploma program to its expansive list of accredited …

Listening for Direction

April 22, 2014 – 2:06 am |
Listening for Direction

There has been a lot of discussion and speculation about the ICD-10 delay, but none of it has come from the Center for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS). That changed recently, kind of. On its …

The Impact of Technology on Poverty

April 22, 2014 – 2:04 am |
The Impact of Technology on Poverty

Dr. Abid Sheikh’s presentation at the recent XIV Infopoverty World Conference emphasized how digital innovations, specifically electronic health records (EHRs), have revolutionized the health industry. His presentation was titled, “EHR and Its Role in Alleviating Poverty.” …

Time to Train

April 22, 2014 – 2:02 am |
Time to Train

More and more colleges and vocational schools are offering courses, certificates, and programs for their professional medical coding curricula. The latest to jump on board is the Continuing and Professional Development division at San Jacinto College in …

The Need for Training Hasn’t Been Delayed

April 21, 2014 – 2:04 am |
The Need for Training Hasn’t Been Delayed

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 …

Making Good Use of the Time

April 21, 2014 – 2:04 am |
Making Good Use of the Time

Whether Congress fully understood the implications of delaying the ICD-10 code sets for at least a year will probably never be known. However, there is real opportunity now for providers to get more benefit from the …