Computer-assisted coding (CAC) has become a commonly recognized presence on the health information management scene, so much so that we now have coders in the workforce that have likely only ever briefly trained on coding without CAC—or potentially have never worked without CAC at all.
On November 1, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released the 2019 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule. This article will provide an overview of impactful changes to the CMS Quality Payment Program for 2019 for both of the program’s tracks: the Merit-based Incentive Payment System and Advanced Alternative Payment Models.
Effective communication is the key to solving any information technology (IT) issue, especially in clinical coding and billing, where lack of technology resources is pervasive and multiple data formats are commonplace. This article helps HIM departments “talk the talk” of IT to get their clinical coding and billing interface issues solved.
Embracing the knowledge and expertise of an HIM professional can help achieve long-term viable solutions that are efficient and can help improve the quality of healthcare.
Capturing sexual orientation/gender identity information will assist in providing more patient-centered treatment/care, encourage staff to provide more culturally-sensitive services to all patients, including those that are LGBTQ, and reduce health disparities through monitoring of the quality of treatment/care to LGBTQ patients.