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Looking Closer at the Billing Process

Looking Closer at the Billing Process

September 15, 2014 – 2:06 am |

When electronic health records (EHRs) first became part of the healthcare provider scene, some were concerned about the potential to game the system. They perceived the possibility of providers obtaining payments to which they are …

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More Benefits of EHRs Realized

September 16, 2014 – 2:06 am |
More Benefits of EHRs Realized

Providers continue to find more and more benefits of using electronic health records (EHRs). The latest comes from a study published by JSTOR that says that EHRs have the potential to reduce urinary tract infections (UTIs) in hospitalized patients. The majority of all UTIs associated with treatments are caused when a catheter has been used in the urinary tract. Catheter-associated UTIs affect morbidity, mortality, length of stay, and, of course, healthcare costs. This interesting information was brought to us by Health IT Outcomes in their article, “Simplified EHR Cuts Instances Of Infection.”

So how does the EHR actually change the results? It is as simple as awareness. Many catheters are left in beyond the point of need simply because the physicians don’t know that they are still there. A built-in reminder in the EHR alerts the physician at pre-set time intervals to affirm that the need still exists for the catheters. Read the study for details on the surprising results.

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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The Impacts on Health Care

September 16, 2014 – 2:04 am |
The Impacts on Health Care

Many factors are affecting our healthcare system, and not all of them are technology-related. Chronic diseases are having a massive impact on our healthcare system and our society. Chronic disease care accounts for 93 percent …

Reassuring Patients

September 16, 2014 – 2:02 am |
Reassuring Patients

Many patients mistakenly believe that electronic health records (EHRs) are less secure than paper files. This myth has been propagated by the media and politicians. It has caused an unnecessary fear to take root in …

Has the Focus on Fraud Led to Lawsuits?

September 15, 2014 – 2:04 am |
Has the Focus on Fraud Led to Lawsuits?

Apparently it is the new trend in things to do – suing the President of the United States. Five Medicare beneficiaries recently filed a class-action lawsuit against the Obama administration for delaying their Medicare appeals. This …

Documentation Can Affect the Bottom Line

September 15, 2014 – 2:02 am |
Documentation Can Affect the Bottom Line

A key component of the ICD-10 preparation involves the physicians. That seems like it would be obvious, but up to this point, the preparation has been left to IT and the coders. Government Health IT …

Incentives Are Working

September 12, 2014 – 2:06 am |
Incentives Are Working

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 …

Consequences, Karma, et al.

September 12, 2014 – 2:04 am |
Consequences, Karma, et al.

The U.S. Department of Justice recently obtained a sentence in the case of  a New York based physician. He and his purported collaborators are accused of filing as much as $15 million worth of false …

Beefing Up The Training

September 12, 2014 – 2:02 am |
Beefing Up The Training

A new ICD-10-PCS training course has been announced by CodingCertification.Org. With the deadline for the ICD-10 coding classification transition moved to October 1, 2015, the demand has continued for a medical coding training. Coding Certification …

Medical Informatics Event

September 11, 2014 – 2:06 am |
Medical Informatics Event

The Medical Informatics World Conference is scheduled for May 4-5, 2015 in Boston. Each year, and this is the third, this conference connects more than 400 healthcare, biomedical science, health informatics, and IT leaders to navigate …

Focus on Fraud Continues to Increase

September 11, 2014 – 2:04 am |
Focus on Fraud Continues to Increase

Oversight of the health insurance exchanges and the shift to value-based payments are the leading management challenges facing the Department of Health and Human Services in the coming year. This also means that the possibility …

You Can’t Be Too Prepared

September 11, 2014 – 2:02 am |
You Can’t Be Too Prepared

CHE Trinity Health recently announced that it is actively recruiting experienced ICD-9 coding professionals to support its transition to ICD-10 and beyond. This interesting information came to us from Digital Journal in their article, “CHE Trinity …