The Role of HIM in MACRA
Dec01

The Role of HIM in MACRA

As providers gear up to meet reporting requirements under MACRA’s new Quality Payment Program, HIM stands to play a prominent role in the transition to value-based care.

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Spooky, Scary: ICD-10 Codes for Halloween
Oct31

Spooky, Scary: ICD-10 Codes for Halloween

From taking the kids trick or treating to putting together the perfect costume or creating your jack-o-lantern masterpiece, Halloween is many people’s favorite time of year… but sometimes there can be some unexpected hiccups in the festivities.

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CMS Releases MACRA Final Rule
Oct14

CMS Releases MACRA Final Rule

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released its hotly anticipated 2,400-page Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) Final Rule on Friday. The rule, now open for comment, finalizes the new payment and healthcare quality reforms for those physicians seeking reimbursement for services by Medicare.

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Commentary: The ICD-10 Saga—Lost Years and Hard Lessons
Aug09

Commentary: The ICD-10 Saga—Lost Years and Hard Lessons

If the 20-year long transition to ICD-10 is any indication of the course of future updates to our basic healthcare data infrastructure, it is important to understand the tactics and motivation behind the policy debate and the campaign to stop ICD-10 implementation—and learn from the hard-won lessons.

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CDI Gains Prominence Under Payment Reforms
Aug03

CDI Gains Prominence Under Payment Reforms

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) goal of tying 90 percent of reimbursement to quality improvement programs by 2018 means clinical documentation improvement (CDI) initiatives are going to be central to helping organizations succeed in the alphabet soup of reforms. In the keynote presentation titled “Understanding the Continued Evolution of CDI” during the second day of AHIMA’s Clinical Documentation Improvement Summit, Cheryl Ericson, MS, RN, CCDS, CDIP, from DHG Healthcare, said providers need CDI to “keep up with the Joneses” due to this change in reimbursement.

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CDI Provides a ‘Safety Net’ for a Safety Net Hospital
Aug03

CDI Provides a ‘Safety Net’ for a Safety Net Hospital

The role of safety net hospitals is vital—they provide hundreds of millions of dollars worth of uncompensated care for individuals who need it the most but cannot pay. That means that care delivery and the documentation of that care must be conducted with the utmost efficiency.

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