Even the best informed patient or caregiver can find the complex healthcare system overwhelming. In an effort to help consumers get the most out of their healthcare and engage them within the process, AHIMA has developed a reference guide on how to adequately prepare for a doctor or hospital visit and assess and understand the health records created during care.
Tune in to this monthly online coding column from Melanie Endicott to learn about challenging areas and documentation opportunities for coders.
President Obama signed legislation giving a $16.3 billion boost to the Veterans Affairs Department’s ability to respond to beneficiaries seeking healthcare services, on August 7.
According to the Institute of Medicine (IOM), fraud and abuse in healthcare contribute to as much as $75 billion in costs each year. In fact the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) estimates that fraud and abuse add up to 10 percent to the total expense of a Medicare claim. That amount would fund NASA’s budget for 15 years.
Moderator Jennifer Covich Bordenick, chief executive officer, eHealth Initiative discussed ongoing efforts to combat fraud and abuse with an esteemed panel including Michael Nelson, vice president of strategy and business development, Equifax identity and Fraud Solutions; John Benson, chief operating officer and co-founder, Verisys; Gerald Cliff, research director, National White Collar Crime Center; Melanie Endicott, senior director of HIM practice excellence, AHIMA; and Mark Isbitt, director of market planning, LexisNexis. The panel met and discussed during today’s session of the CDI Summit held in Washington, DC.
In this companion piece to her presentation at this year’s CDI Summit, Melanie Endicott, MBA/HCM, RHIA, CDIP, CCS, CCS-P, FAHIMA, senior director, coding and CDI products development at AHIMA, discusses the ever-changing role of the clinical documentation improvement professional, from difference settings and demands to strategies for keeping ahead of the curve.