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“Feature stories and departments that appear in the print issue of the Journal are available online in the AHIMA Body of Knowledge. Full access to the archives is a member benefit and requires a member name and password. Practice briefs and select features are available publicly. Please see below for an archive of Journal of AHIMA website posts.”

Report Determines Top Three EHR Optimization Practices

Posted by on 6:00 am in Electronic Health Records, News | 0 comments

Education, personalization, and culture are the three keys to successful electronic health record (EHR) optimization, according to a recent report from KLAS.

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EHR Vendor Faces Massive Class Action Lawsuit, Settles in False Claims Act Case

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A widely used EHR vendor is facing a class action lawsuit worth almost $1 billion in damages, in addition to allegations that its EHR does not meet “meaningful use” EHR incentive Program guidelines.

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OCR Releases Updated Guidance on Sharing Behavioral Health and Substance Abuse Records

Posted by on 10:56 am in Information Governance, News, Privacy and Security | 0 comments

The new guidance allows providers to use their own judgment when it comes to sharing information about a patient’s mental health status with friends and family if the intention is to prevent further harm.

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VA Has Spent Over $1 Billion on EHR Efforts

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The Department of Veterans Affairs has spent over $1.1 billion on 138 contractors between 2011 and 2016 in the quest to modernize its EHR system, according to a report from the Government Accountability Office.

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FCC Repeals Net Neutrality Regulations Despite Healthcare Industry Concerns

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Healthcare industry stakeholders are voicing concern regarding the FCC’s repeal of “net neutrality” regulations, noting that smaller organizations and vendors may not be able to compete with larger entities.

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Endovascular Abdominal Aneurysm Repair

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Endovascular Abdominal Aneurysm Repair

Back in the days of ICD-9 coding, the encoder was pretty straightforward when it came to procedure coding. Nowadays, the encoder will help craft a PCS code that looks right but isn’t quite right.

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AHIMA Releases Cybersecurity Action Plan as Survey Reveals Increasing Rates of Cyberattacks

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AHIMA Releases Cybersecurity Action Plan as Survey Reveals Increasing Rates of Cyberattacks

According to results of a startling new survey, four in five doctors (or 83 percent) have experienced a cyberattack of some kind.

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CMS Backtracks Value-Based Care Models

Posted by on 4:46 pm in Coding and Reimbursement, News | 0 comments

A final rule released by CMS on November 30 officially canceled both the Episode Payment Model and the Cardiac Rehabilitation Incentive Payment Model.

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MIPS 2018: High Priority Considerations

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MIPS 2018: High Priority Considerations

This brief online article will review selected aspects of MIPS with an emphasis on decisions that should be made in the near term.

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Decoding Upcoding in the Emergency Department

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Decoding Upcoding in the Emergency Department

In a webinar from the Center for Health Journalism, Sarah Kliff and Niall Brennan discussed how murky “facility fees” and upcoding practices have contributed to a $3 billion rise in spending on emergency room fees between 2009 and 2015—despite a slight decline in the number of fees billed.

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