$27.8 Million for IT in Community Health Centers

The Department of Health and Human Services announced awards totaling $27.8 million to health center networks and large multi-site health centers to implement health IT. The funds are part of the $2 billion allotted to HHS’s Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to expand healthcare services to low-income and uninsured individuals. The $27.8 million will be used to expand...

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Is Basic the New Meaningful?

For healthcare providers seeking to participate in the federal government’s “meaningful use” incentive program, the barrier of entry may be lowering. David Hunt, MD, chief medical officer at the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, indicated that criteria in the program’s first phase will focus on getting providers to purchase and begin using electronic health record systems. Hunt spoke at Health Data Management’s Health...

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Warning: Medicare on Schedule for 5010 Upgrade

Medicare expects its fee-for-service systems will be tested and fully operational on the X12 5010 standard by January 1, 2011. That’s bad news for health plans that may have been hoping the big payer would run late and create an industry-wide delay. The upgrade to the HIPAA transaction 5010 standard was announced in tandem with the January 2009 final rule mandating the upgrade to ICD-10-CM and -PCS. The 5010 standard is necessary to...

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The New ICD-9-CM Codes for FY 2010

In the September print issue, Lou Ann Schraffenberger, MBA, RHIA, CCS, CCS-P, FAHIMA, reviewed the ICD-9-CM diagnosis code changes for FY 2010. She offers an extended version of the article “New ICD-9-CM Diagnosis Codes for FY 2010” in the AHIMA Body of Knowledge. She also highlights ICD-9-CM procedure code changes in a special, Web-only article. Revisions to both code sets go into effect October 1. The 2009 addenda with all the...

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Shadowing Physicians for Documentation Improvement

Strike when the ink is wet. That is the motto of the clinical documentation improvement specialists (CDSs) at Shands Hospital, based in Jacksonville, FL. They routinely “shadow” physicians as part of their clinical documentation improvement program (CDIP), seeking clarification in real-time and making recommendations for how physicians can fine-tune documentation to enable more accurate coding. CDIPs are popular in healthcare...

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