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The Evolution of Healthcare

The Evolution of Healthcare

November 24, 2014 – 2:06 am |

The healthcare industry is in the process of changing its perspective from volume to value. That might hard to believe when you work in the industry. It is hard to remember that the new changes that …

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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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ICD-10, medical coding, Operations »

Ready or Not?

November 25, 2014 – 2:06 am |
Ready or Not?

Healthcare organizations are once again counting down to the October 2015 ICD-10 compliance deadline. It feels like the Caddy Shack movie and the ultimate in deja vu. We have been here many times. A recent survey revealed that a majority of larger providers are ready to conduct end-to-end testing. However, smaller organizations—such as physician practices—appear less equipped to test. In addition, they are not aware of when their business partners will be prepared to conduct testing. Health Data Management brought this information to us in their article, “Healthcare Organizations Show Mix of Concern, Optimism about ICD-10.”

Medical coding and charting require specialized expertise and systems tailored to the regulatory requirements in which healthcare providers, hospitals, and doctors deliver their services. Training is very important. That is why Access Integrity provides training to a client’s staff and then offers quality assurance and validation services that can accomplish the following:

  • Minimize the risk of a coding error
  • Identify inappropriate or inadvertently applied tags
  • Display a “map” of coding distributions to allow management to get a bird’s-eye view of the coding assignment flow.

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 Yuya Tamai, https://www.flickr.com/photos/tamaiyuya/6103129560/ / CC BY 2.0

Increased Challenges for Data Integration

November 25, 2014 – 2:04 am |
Increased Challenges for Data Integration

The increased provider consolidation in health care could have challenging effects on operational areas within a health system. Electronic health records (EHRs) integration for hospitals, physician practices, and other providers in the same region could be creating their own unified …

The Cost of the Change

November 25, 2014 – 2:02 am |
The Cost of the Change

The impending ICD-10 coding classification transition continues. With numerous delays postponing the deadline to October 1, 2015, there are some still pushing for another delay or even a complete stop on the project. This interesting topic …

Choose Wisely

November 24, 2014 – 2:04 am |
Choose Wisely

Electronic prescribing of controlled substances continues to increase in use and popularity. Part of this is due to the electronic applications that make it easy and safe to carry out. Of course, the use of …

Protecting Their Rights

November 24, 2014 – 2:02 am |
Protecting Their Rights

It appears that it is more than caregivers who are involved in Medicare and Medicaid fraud schemes. A former patient recruiter pleaded guilty recently in Miami, Florida, for his alleged role in a $205 million Medicare …

Collaboration is Key

November 21, 2014 – 2:06 am |
Collaboration is Key

Health care changes on a daily basis, so why wouldn’t the careers and roles? There’s little doubt that the role of the CIO will be dramatically different in just a few short years. This interesting …

Staying In Step

November 21, 2014 – 2:04 am |
Staying In Step

One of the top goals of the federal Meaningful Use program, which encourages adoption of electronic health records (EHRs), is to improve patient safety. The thought is that the increased collaboration that is made possible with …

Something to Look Up To

November 21, 2014 – 2:02 am |
Something to Look Up To

The Nationwide Health Information Network (NwHIN) of the Health IT Standards Committee has released recommendations regarding electronic health record (EHR) systems. According to NwHIN, improvements need to be made to the Consolidated Clinical Document Architecture …

Nursing Taking on New Roles

November 20, 2014 – 2:06 am |
Nursing Taking on New Roles

In the 1990s, 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 …

Taking Precautions

November 20, 2014 – 2:04 am |
Taking Precautions

We reported a couple of weeks ago how the finger pointing started as soon as news got out that a patient in a Texas hospital was released with Ebola. Electronic health record (EHR) systems took …

Staying on Top of the Situation

November 20, 2014 – 2:02 am |
Staying on Top of the Situation

Group health plans with 50 or more participants, including self-insured plans, must be able to conduct electronic transactions in accordance with the Department for Health and Human Services (HHS) standards and operating rules. An additional …