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April 2017

features

Digging Deep for Revenue
Using data analytics to increase reimbursement sounds enticing, but the process has several hurdles to clear.

Huddle Up
Study findings suggest daily staff gatherings can curtail EHR safety issues.

How to Avoid CDI Snares
Periodic check-ups can help keep documentation initiatives on track.

Is Speech Recognition Viable in the ED?
Industry experts weigh in on a small study that measured the incidence and types of errors occurring in emergency departments.

departments

Editor's Note

EHR Insider
To be effective, patient engagement initiatives must clear hurdles on several fronts.

Coding Corner
In response to the growing use of telehealth technology, the coding guidelines for these services have been tweaked.

Ask the Experts
Questions about lab orders, child status, and moderate sedation find answers.

Wireless World
When it comes to telehealth, some organizations have hit the jackpot while others remain risk averse.

News Briefs

Datebook

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


March 2017

features

The Evolution of Personalized Cancer Care
HIT tools that promote data gathering and analysis are helping researchers better understand how cancer therapy can become more targeted.

Transcription Shell Game
In an EHR-dominated world, how to measure the cost of producing quality documents can be obtuse.

The 21st Century Cures Act
Recently enacted into law, the legislation features components that may reshape HIT … in due time.

Discovery Mission
Is data science the next big job opportunity for HIM professionals?

departments

Editor's Note

HIM Happenings
The best information governance initiatives are enterprisewide efforts featuring heavy contributions from HIM.

mHealth Update
Studies indicate that patients eager to improve their health will be enthusiastic users of mobile technology.

HIPAA Challenges
Attacks on devices connected to the internet can be among the most damaging to a health care organization.

Chart Conundrums
Document with a purpose—colleagues and patients will be most grateful.

Letter to the Editor

CFO Zone
To survive in today's health care environment, providers must engage and educate patients on their financial responsibilities, including making payments more convenient.

News Briefs

Datebook

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


February 2017

features

Know Thy Docs
The consequences of provider duplicates can have far-reaching effects throughout a health care organization.

ROI Demands on the Rise
As patients gain greater access to their health records, the burden on HIM departments to maintain productivity levels intensifies.

Make Patient Privacy a Priority
Educating staff on the importance of safeguarding protected health information will create a culture of accountability and correctness.

Coding Contest Hints at ICD-10 Struggles
The contest results shed light on where coders are falling short in their quest to master ICD-10.

departments

Editor's Note
The Pains of Change

Industry Perspectives
A documentation expert spotlights the finer points of capturing patient data to garner an accurate account of mortality factors.

EHR Insider
In formulating the ideal EMR, developers should strive to meet the needs of physicians, payers, and patients.

HIT Happenings
Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs have been hugely successful at the state level but there are shortcomings that must be addressed.

Winter Showcase

Inside Informatics
The next wave of health care IT ecosystems promises to furnish specialty practices with valuable data.

News Brief
Penn's Data Analytics Center features a tool it's dubbed the "Google" of EMRs.

Datebook

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


January 2017

features

Qualifying and Quantifying Risk
Mortality scores can be deathly to a health care organization's revenue cycle and its reputation.

Hope or Hopeless?
Despite the fact EHRs have been around for a while, physician satisfaction with the technology remains dubious. Can the situation be remedied?

The Regulatory Challenges of Population Health Management
Organizations must be aware of their legal obligations when implementing such an initiative.

Yearning to Learn
Education initiatives are afoot to keep coders and HIM professionals a step ahead of the game.

departments

Editor's Note

Industry Perspectives
Increased coding operating expenses compelled by ICD-10 production uncertainties have produced an undeniable cost bubble that's about to burst.

Coding Corner
To ensure a fruitful relationship with remote coding staff—be it your own or a vendor's—follow these pointers.

Thought Leader Q&A
Rod Piechowski, senior director of health information systems at HIMSS North America, offers insight into the pressing issues facing HIT.

Chart Conundrums
Valentine's Day is not just for lovers; coders play a role, too.

Transcription and CDI Resource Guide

Transcription Trends
Maintaining HIPAA compliance in the transcription world can be a complex balancing act.

Datebook

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