Coding

Medical note system could boost patient engagement, reduce documentation time December 12, 2017 | Jeff Lagasse - Healthcare Finance Associate Editor
New research finds patients could benefit if they are invited to co-produce medical notes with doctors rather than simply reading them.
MACRA tools can do the heavy lifting, but preparation still required, experts say September 11, 2017 | Beth Jones Sanborn - Managing Editor of Healthcare Finance News
4 former national coordinators, a CIO and a CEO weigh in on how to fix meaningful use September 11, 2017 | Tom Sullivan - Executive Editor, HIMSS Media
A rock star lineup of health IT pros including Karen DeSalvo, John Halamka weigh in on where the program went astray and suggest the direction that government and industry should steer towards.
MGMA: Medical practices focused on customer service, revenue cycle training August 28, 2017 | Beth Jones Sanborn - Managing Editor of Healthcare Finance News
Last year's poll saw MACRA being top of mind, but flexibility with that policy has eased their worry.
Providers still largely in the dark about MACRA as reporting deadline nears, NueMD survey says August 28, 2017 | Beth Jones Sanborn - Managing Editor of Healthcare Finance News
"I'm not sure" was the most common response to every question in this year's survey, NueMD said.
The EHR vendor said the issue was related to how it could translate a patient's EHR information in a way that is easy to understand.
MACRA shows CMS is all-in on value June 26, 2017 | Susan Morse - Associate Editor, Healthcare Finance
The rule gives physicians a break in electronic health record requirements, a reprieve that does not apply to hospitals.
Beginning this year, clinicians participating in MIPS have to report on six quality measures to be eligible for a bonus payment.
Where ICD-10 is failing healthcare November 29, 2016 | Carl Natale - ICD10Watch
The newly-adopted classification system needs to be updated or healthcare needs to move onto a more adequate system.
Why ICD-10 coding accuracy finally matters October 19, 2016 | Carl Natale - ICD10Watch
Claims are getting more complicated. ICD-10 codes are illustrating how medical practices treat their patients and can be used to judge those providers.
Pediatricians call for new ICD-10 codes to address Zika virus September 28, 2016 | Carl Natale - ICD10Watch
The American Academy of Pediatrics requested four new codes related to the Zika virus.
ICD-10 specificity starts Oct. 1, 2016, CMS says August 19, 2016 | Henry Powderly - Editor-in-Chief of Healthcare Finance
The one-year grace period is about to end. That means practices have to file claims with the precise granularity or they will be sent back.
Medicare biller, consultant sentenced to 11 years in jail April 15, 2016 | Beth Jones Sanborn - Managing Editor of Healthcare Finance News
Authorities say that Nery Cowan, 53, of Miami, directed and authorized kickback payments and bribes to patient brokers for a percentage of reimbursement.
ICD-10 status check: Is another shoe waiting to drop? April 11, 2016 | John Andrews - Contributing Writer
The transition has gone reasonably well thus far. But how smoothly will things go when CMS and payers start demanding greater specificity on Oct. 1, 2016?
As ICD-10 settles down and practices focus less on EHRs, revenue cycle is heating up April 01, 2016 | Bernie Monegain - Editor, Healthcare IT News
Looking into its crystal ball - or perhaps digital spreadsheets - PiperJaffray analysts see big plays in the RCM market. That potential is so large, in fact, that Cerner alone has a $40 billion opportunity, and it ranks fifth in market share.
4 ICD-10 mistakes to avoid March 24, 2016 | Carl Natale - ICD10Watch
Six months in and coders are encountering issues. Let's take a quick look.
AHIMA kicks off national patient ID petition drive March 21, 2016 | Bernie Monegain - Editor, Healthcare IT News
AHIMA CEO Lynn Thomas Gordon
Calling the lack of a unique patient ID both costly and dangerous, the association is looking to the White House to help make healthcare safer and more effective.
ICD-10: CMS says 5,500 new codes coming March 16, 2016 | Susan Morse - Associate Editor, Healthcare Finance
The agency said its first update to the classification system will bring approximately 1,900 new diagnosis codes and 3,651 hospital inpatient procedure codes.
Update on sequela encounters using ICD-10 March 08, 2016 | Carl Natale - ICD10Watch
It appears that for now one of the most confusing parts about ICD-10 coding is specifying the encounter that the physician has with a patient.
ICD-10: Is it helping improve care quality? February 26, 2016 | Diana Manos - Contributing writer
Early evidence suggests that when it comes to quality and performance measurement the new codeset has potential, but an NCQA official said some areas are less covered than we might like.

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