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July 2014

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Solid or Shaky?
The transcription industry seems on the verge of extinction—then again, maybe not.

Groundwork Key to Speech Recognition Success
Experts say if you take the extra time to be better prepared and well educated, the technology’s effectiveness is bound to be noticeable.

How Records Management Can Serve Two Masters
The proliferation of EHRs has complicated the creation and maintenance of health records that must satisfy patient care needs while taking into account legal concerns.

Permanent Discharge
By applying HIT tools and correct care management techniques, hospitals can lower costly preventable readmissions.

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mHealth Update
An Arizona health care organization is using the ubiquitous, powerful smartphone to improve care inside and outside of its facilities.

Evolving Education
HIM graduate school programs are being established to give students a better chance of thriving in today’s health care environment.

Chart Conundrums
Malnutrition documentation can tie a coder’s stomach in knots, but it’s nothing that a heaping helping of advice can’t remedy.

News Briefs
An Accenture survey indicates that patients are willing to table privacy concerns in order to view their medical records online.

Coding and Outsourcing Showcase

Datebook

By the Numbers
Get the lowdown on health care’s facts and figures.


June 2014

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The RAC Trifecta of Trouble
Make a list of the most perplexing recovery audit contractor concerns, and these three likely will be on it.

Put a Jolt in Hospital Finances
Is your revenue cycle showing few signs of life? Try recharging the charge capture process, experts say.

Vendors Vent MU Frustrations
The hurdles of the stage 2 criteria are raising the ire of some in the vendor community.

Hooked on PEDs: Performance-Enhanced Departments
In this era of regulatory upheaval, process improvement initiatives take on added significance.

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ICD-10 Update
A forward-thinking collaborative is helping Massachusetts health care organizations deal with the ICD-10 transition.

Coding Corner
The abolition of the 2014 ICD-10 deadline has left many in the industry wondering whether it’s foolish to believe any future mandates.

CFO Zone
To receive a proper return on investment from HIT, health care providers must analyze its performance in key areas.

News Briefs
Health and Human Services has levied groundbreaking HIPAA fines stemming from stolen laptops.

Financial Services Resource Guide

On the Web
Besides being a website where patients can share their stories, HealClick has designs on becoming a valuable research tool.

By the Numbers
Get the lowdown on health care’s facts and figures.


May 2014

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Patient Identification in an HIE Environment
The consequences of duplicate records increase as patient data are spread across multiple organizations.

Hospital Schooled
Memorial Hermann Health System has developed an in-house coder training program for recent HIM graduates.

Paper Exit Strategies
Moving paper charts into an electronic record-keeping system can stretch resources and shorten staff attention spans.

What Sepsis Numbers Do and Don’t Tell Us
Recent research identified areas of the country where the condition seems to be prevalent, but could the data be skewed by other factors?

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Inside Informatics
Federal programs have been hard at work trying to get HIT systems on speaking terms.

Industry Perspectives
Getting clinicians involved in template creation is one way to avoid the pitfalls of copy-and-paste documentation.

HIT Happenings
Data normalization allows organizations to translate health languages into a common tongue.

Coding & RCM Resource Guide

News Briefs
Research indicates that providing electronic access to clinical information across a community may boost care.

Datebook

By the Numbers
Get the lowdown on health care’s facts and figures.


April 2014

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Disclosure Management — More Complicated Than Ever
Various federal factors and burgeoning technology have conspired to create logistical complications.

Are Cancer Registrars Ready for ICD-10?
The code set may put a crimp in registry workflows.

And It Shall Be Written
Industry veterans offer advice on what health care organizations must include in transcription vendor contracts.

NLP Shows Off Its Versatility
As natural language processing evolves, the health care industry is beginning to appreciate its range of uses.

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CFO Zone
Today’s swirling regulatory environment makes corporate compliance a challenge at most health care organizations.

Wireless World
Contrary to some perceptions, mobile health is an equal opportunity technology, serving both the advantaged and the underserved.

EHR Insider
It’s great that EHR adoption rates continue to climb, but it’s time to start thinking about how to make the best use of the data being generated.

CIO Insider
HIT projects can be messy affairs, but there are methods available to keep the madness in check.

News Briefs
EHRs can be a useful tool to help clinicians educate kids and families about weight control.

On the Web
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has added data to its website to better help patients select the appropriate doctor.

Datebook

By the Numbers
Get the lowdown on health care’s facts and figures.


March 2014

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Prepare for the Worst
HIT systems are vulnerable to Mother Nature’s whims and other unforeseen events, making it imperative for organizations to have a backup plan in place.

Too Much of a Good Thing?
Experts say a narrow approach to data analytics is more likely to produce the desired results.

Inside Job
Internal audits, whether they be coding or HIPAA related, can help providers stay ahead of new regulations.

Security vs. Usability
Patient portals must be mindful of data protection while satisfying user needs.

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Transcription Trends
Learn how medical transcriptionists are parlaying their skills into roles in clinical documentation improvement.

Coding Corner
Coders contemplating handing in their codebooks come October should reconsider and instead embrace ICD-10.

ICD-10 Showcase Spotlight

News Briefs
Findings from Nuance indicate that physicians prefer real-time queries in the quest for complete and compliant clinical documentation.

Products and Services
An online exchange allows covered entities and business associates to monitor HIPAA compliance and risk management.

Datebook

By the Numbers
Get the lowdown on health care’s facts and figures.


February 2014

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Warning: Productivity Loss Ahead
An ICD-10 damage protection plan can help health care organizations limit the carnage.

When Dictators Fail
Dictation errors are inevitable, but there are ways to improve the chances of them getting caught.

Data Governance 101
AHIMA’s 2014 curriculum maps pay special attention to the role of data stewards.

Movin’ on Up
Several factors have led to the cloud becoming a popular landing spot for health care data.

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Evolving Education
Medical transcriptionists leery of their profession’s future may want to explore the idea of becoming a coder.

Wireless World
The health care industry is adopting new best practices for getting major Wi-Fi launches and initiatives off the ground.

EHR Insider
An expert team has created software to determine EHR usability.

On the Web
Don’t underestimate Grandma’s and Grandpa’s desire to use the Internet for health care purposes. Indeed, according to a survey, many seniors seek digital tools to manage their health.

News Brief

Products and Services

Datebook

By the Numbers
Get the lowdown on health care’s facts and figures.


January 2014

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Risky Business
Health care organizations that are ignoring or halfheartedly performing a HIPAA risk analysis are walking a dangerous line.

Terms of Engagement
To effectively engage physicians in clinical documentation improvement efforts, several key elements must be present.

Beware of Poor Coding Habits
Experts analyze the circumstances that may lead coders to lapse.

A Better Rollout for Speech Recognition
Tailor your strategy around these eight tips to increase your chances of a successful integration with an EHR.

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Chart Conundrums
Learn how documentation and coding can affect core measures reporting.

CIO Insider
What challenges lie ahead this year for chief information officers?

HIT Happenings
According to a KLAS report, an alternative computerized physician order entry shows promise as an EMR overlay.

CFO Zone
Learn the differences between range- and code-based approaches to ICD-10 mapping.

News Briefs
An IDC Health Insights survey spotlights physician discontentment with ambulatory EHRs.

Products and Services
A mobile eCapture solution promotes patient engagement.

On the Web
Two separate research projects demonstrate the Internet’s effect on physician selection and patient care.

Datebook

By the Numbers
Get the lowdown on health care’s facts and figures.