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Technology and Health Care

October 20, 2014 – 2:06 am |

In all fields, there is some kind of advanced technology that is trying to improve processes. Health care is no different; in fact, it may be leading the race. Healthcare providers are constantly looking for …

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Medical records are challenging to manage. Articles will address improvements, trends and tools to help manage medical records more efficiently.

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Content will address activities in the medical space related to medicaid and medicare fraud.

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Reining in the Fraud

October 20, 2014 – 2:04 am |
Reining in the Fraud

No one has ever agreed that healthcare costs are reasonable or as expected. In fact, it is always quite the opposite. So when asked the question, does billing fraud drive up the cost of health care — the answer seems obvious. This interesting topic was brought to us by ABC 30 Action News out of Fresno, California in their story, “Fraud driving up cost of health care.”

One of the most common types of healthcare fraud involves the provider billing for a more expensive procedure or test than you actually got. It predominantly happens with Medicare and is a growing problem as more and more people live longer and are ultimately receiving Medicare benefits.

A facility or provider can help ensure accuracy in coding by installing an automated indexing system like Access Integrity to flag incorrect tags and other discrepancies. It’s clear that there is no room for careless error.

Melody K. Smith

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

The Benefits are Important

October 20, 2014 – 2:02 am |
The Benefits are Important

Many benefits of electronic health records (EHRs) continue to be realized. The latest is from health facilities in New York City and New Orleans who have used EHRs to improve their routine HIV screening rates. We …

Moving Forward

October 17, 2014 – 2:06 am |
Moving Forward

Change isn’t easy for anyone, despite what they might proclaim. For some it is harder than for others. As far as industries go, healthcare is pretty resistant to change. One would think that since the …

Harvesting, Reaping, and All That

October 17, 2014 – 2:04 am |
Harvesting, Reaping, and All That

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 Florida …

Good Health is a Good Incentive

October 17, 2014 – 2:02 am |
Good Health is a Good Incentive

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the federal agency responsible for the oversight of the electronic health record (EHR) Incentive Programs, has made several resources available to provide clarification about the meaningful use hardship …

Expanding the Training Reach

October 16, 2014 – 2:06 am |
Expanding the Training Reach

We speak frequently about the importance of training in preparation for the ICD-10 coding classification transition coming in October 2015. In a unique approach to providing training, Goodwill Industries of San Antonio is expanding its …

Patient Education is Crucial

October 16, 2014 – 2:04 am |
Patient Education is Crucial

Improved patient care is the ultimate goal of electronic health records (EHRs), and realizing more and more benefits of EHRs happens daily. This interesting information came from The Hospitalist in their article, “9 Ways Hospitals …

Healthcare is a Partnership

October 16, 2014 – 2:02 am |
Healthcare is a Partnership

A significant part of the Meaningful Use incentives is bringing patients into the process as active participants in their health care. This includes electronic access to their records. Not everyone has reached this point in …

Training is the First and Most Important Step

October 15, 2014 – 2:06 am |
Training is the First and Most Important Step

Axea Solutions, Inc. unveiled its training platform for the ICD-10 transition on October 1, 2014, just as the one-year countdown to government-mandated compliance began. This interesting news came from Insurance News Net in their article, “Axea …

Communication is Critical

October 15, 2014 – 2:04 am |
Communication is Critical

The healthcare industry has spent billions of dollars to switch from paper to digital records, with much of that amount subsidized by taxpayers through the economic stimulus package. There are still barriers to sharing information with …

Fighting the Good Fight

October 15, 2014 – 2:02 am |
Fighting the Good Fight

The owner of three mental health centers in Baton Rouge was recently sentenced to pay $43.5 million in restitution and serve eight and a half years in federal prison for an alleged Medicare fraud scheme. This …