How to Get Started with Data Analytics
Oct19

How to Get Started with Data Analytics

As instructors, one of the most common questions we receive about data analytics is, “How do I get started with data analytics?”

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A Closer Look at Drug Spending Data
Oct12

A Closer Look at Drug Spending Data

Understanding the cost of prescription drugs can be challenging. The recently introduced CMS Medicare Spending Dashboard, an example of the principle of collecting healthcare data once and reusing it to serve the needs of multiple stakeholders, helps users to make sense of this information.

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HIM as the Middleman to Informatics and Data Analytics
Oct06

HIM as the Middleman to Informatics and Data Analytics

It is no longer an acceptable practice to ask for information and not do anything with it. HIM professionals can help healthcare get to the next stage.

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Data Analytics: It’s Hip to be Square
Sep21

Data Analytics: It’s Hip to be Square

To understand the language of data analytics we might just need to spend some extra time in the library. Here are some oldies—but goodies—that every analyst should know.

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Solving the Documentation Puzzle with Data Analytics
Aug17

Solving the Documentation Puzzle with Data Analytics

“It’s a beautiful day to save lives. Let’s have some fun,” so says Dr. Derek Shepherd (of “Grey’s Anatomy” fame) and with a smile on his face, gets on with his day’s activities—to help patients heal. I haven’t seen many doctors work, except in “Grey’s Anatomy,” but I have interacted with a couple of them.

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Seventh Character Application for Injuries in the Principal Diagnosis and the Impact to Data Quality
Jul25

Seventh Character Application for Injuries in the Principal Diagnosis and the Impact to Data Quality

By now, we’ve all had practice assigning 7th characters for injuries. And, by now, we all know that in theory the guidance seems very clear—but the application of this new concept is not clear at all. Why is there so much confusion and why does it matter?

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