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December 2015

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Uncharted Territory
The arrival of a value-based care paradigm provides HIM professionals with an opportunity to expand their roles.

ICD-10 Flexibility Raises Questions
CMS and the AMA provided some leeway to physician practices, but it has not entirely put provider fears to rest.

Health Care's Fortunes on the Rise
Really, what's a new year but a random cutoff point? Nevertheless, Journalism 101 requires us to take a peek at how 2016 is shaping up.

The State of HIEs
Placing an emphasis on meeting market needs has helped HIEs become a valuable tool in a health care environment laden with federal requirements.

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Editor's Note

Industry Perspectives
No matter the purchase type, everyone wants to get their money's worth. How can health care consumers be sure they're receiving value from their provider?

Coding Corner
Some ICD-10 codes improve reporting; others are just different. And then there are those that may leave coders scratching their heads.

Evolving Education
To be difference-makers, clinical documentation improvement specialists must have the proper tools and resources.

HIM Happenings
Who was and who wasn't present on the exhibit floor at this year's AHIMA conference offered clues about the HIM industry's future.

News Briefs

EHR Insider
A physician gives his take on the state of EMRs. Hint: It's not pretty.

HIT Happenings
When it comes to protecting EMR data, health care organizations must get with the times and deploy a full arsenal of defenses.

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


November 2015

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Queries: It's All in the Timing
How a physician query is delivered is secondary to when it's delivered, experts say.

Health Care's Patient Matching Challenge
Thought leaders are divided on whether a national patient identifier can remedy the situation.

Shootout at the Coding Corral
For two decades, Texas providers have waged battle with the OIG over the agency's approach to Medicaid utilization review.

Beware of HIPAA Zealots
Misinterpretation of the law can damage patient relationships and lead to poor health outcomes.

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Editor's Note

Audit Alley
Meeting the sticky requirements of medical necessity can be boiled down to precise documentation.

Inside Informatics
Terminology management plays a key but sometimes overlooked role in meaningful use aspirations.

CFO Zone
Introduce "Web bots" into your revenue cycle operations and watch how claim status functions become much more manageable.

Technology & Software Showcase

Datebook

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


October 2015

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Dress Rehearsals Key to Speech Rec Success
Clinicians need to spend time working in the system prior to go-live in order to decrease resistance rates.

The Changing Face of Disaster Recovery
Whether it be a malicious attack or a force of nature, health care organizations can't afford to be ill-prepared to deal with modern calamities.

A Life Without Meaningful Use
For various reasons, it would be too costly to scrap the incentive program, but few have anything good to say about its past or future.

Population Health Management in Action
Progressive organizations are exploring strategies to use data for the purpose of improving community health.

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Editor's Note

Letters to the Editor

Transcription Trends
One of health care's most valuable commodities, data can be rendered useless if the patient narrative isn't included.

mHealth Update
Epic and Nebraska Medicine have joined forces to turn the Apple Watch into a health care tool.

EHR Insider
Learn how to make your EHR a worthwhile investment.

HIT Happenings
As connected devices and services become the norm in health care, the reliability of Wi-Fi networks takes on added significance.

Industry Perspectives
Patients telling their stories through online videos can have a profound effect on patient engagement rates.

Datebook


September 2015

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Get at the Heart of Clinical Information
More health care organizations are using EHR data to discover how they may better serve patients.

Together Again
In a sort-of old-school move, two HIM departments have taken a hands-on approach with their physician staff.

Transcription's Outsourcing Conundrum
A recent white paper addresses the perceptions associated with scrapping in-house programs.

The Evolution of ECM
Enterprise content management has developed to the point where it's now a key component of fully integrated EHR adoption.

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Inside Informatics
While computerized practitioner order entry has been knocked for its inability to control alarm fatigue, there are ways to overcome the issue.

Coding Corner
When it comes to hiring hospital inpatient coders, don't be penny wise but pound foolish.

Wireless World
An enterprisewide communication platform can do wonders to promote better care and improve patient satisfaction scores.

CDI Showcase

Evolving Education
Higher learning institutions are teaching HIM students the finer points of EHR technology.

Datebook

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


August 2015

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A Phish Story
Health care data thieves can snag their unsuspecting targets by taking them on a phishing expedition.

How to Outsmart ROI Challenges
By following some basic tenets, health care organizations can stress less about their release of information processes.

Upping the Ante on Meaningful Use Audits
The Office of Inspector General is approaching these reviews with a renewed fervor and an eye on security concerns.

Service Market Chaos
Certified EHRs and ICD-10's arrival have made life more difficult for HIM service vendors.

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Editor's Note

mHealth Update
Demands from millennials promise to have a far-reaching effect on how health care providers view mobile technologies.

Chart Conundrums
Health care organizations must have a documentation plan in place in the event their EMR goes down.

Education Resource Guide

ICD-10 Update
An industry expert analyzes where the industry stands as it heads down the homestretch toward October 1.

Datebook

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


July 2015

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This Will Go On Your Permanent Record — Or Will It?
The value of documenting physician queries in patient charts is up for debate.

How Togetherness Can Divide
If not properly managed, hospital mergers can wreak havoc on organizational workflows.

The Human Touch
A recent study shows that dictated reports need quality assurance steps to maintain data integrity.

Short-Stay DRGs: Fix or Fiasco?
Industry experts question whether tying short inpatient stays to diagnosis-related group payments is a good idea.

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Editor's Note

Ask the Expert

Industry Perspectives
HIM professionals looking for a different career path may want to consider becoming a patient advocate.

CIO Insider
An industry veteran offers advice on how women can boost their chances of landing leadership positions.

Evolving Education
New Mexico community colleges are taking the lead in replenishing the state's supply of qualified health care professionals.

EHR Showcase

News Briefs
The introduction of ICD-10 will affect many hospital areas, but the emergency department figures to be among the hardest hit.

Datebook

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


June 2015

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MU: Keep an Eye on the Future
Experts say viewing meaningful use as an IT project defeats the program's purpose and limits long-term gains.

A Delicate Balancing Act
Today's case managers serve the interests of payers, providers, and patients while keeping regulatory factors in mind.

Long on Potential, Short on Results
A Chilmark Research report finds patient engagement efforts are taking a backseat to other HIT priorities.

Is the Price Right?
By failing to keep on top of their charge description masters, organizations risk losing revenue.

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Editor's Note

Coding Corner
A professor has developed an ICD-10 tool that hopefully will fill in the gaps of general equivalency mappings.

CFO Zone
The advent of valued-based care forces health care organizations to reevaluate their revenue strategies.

Chart Conundrums
The use of copy and paste can lead to physicians billing for work done by someone else.

Revenue Integrity Resource Guide

News Brief

EHR Insider
Organizations trading in an old EHR for the latest model must take steps to ensure a smooth data conversion.

Datebook

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


May 2015

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Invisible Information Governance
Many of the functions necessary for an information governance initiative are already taking place throughout an organization.

The Deidentification Dilemma
The growing popularity of data analytics initiatives further complicates an already foggy concept.

Rehabilitation Facilities Tackle RA Complexities
Inpatient rehabilitation facilities face numerous hazards in their battle to stay on the good side of recovery auditors.

An Academic Approach to EHR Training
Offering medical students the chance to become familiar with EHR systems may lead to long-term gains.

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Editor's Note

Transcription Trends
Mobile technology is poised to change transcription workflow.

HIM Challenges
The perfect storm is brewing for another transformation of the HIM profession.

Evolving Education
A small survey of chiropractic interns shows a general lack of knowledge about HIPAA regulations.

Coding & RCM Resource Guide

News Brief

ICD-10 Update
Smart health care organizations will treat ICD-10 testing as more than a pro forma exercise.

Datebook

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


April 2015

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CDI Makes Its Mark
While clinical documentation improvement projects enjoy success, organizations must be careful not to spread staff too thin.

Recording Artists
Inundated with EHR data and complicated regulations, cancer registrars have seen their roles expand significantly.

What a Patient Wants
Are consumers who ask for health information disclosures actually requesting access? It's up to providers to educate patients on the differences.

Marrying Voice and Text Within the EHR
Speech recognition that lives seamlessly with electronic records can make life a lot easier for busy physicians.

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Chart Conundrums
Clinical documentation improvement efforts boost hospital operations in various ways.

Auditing Alley
Instead of dreading audits, embrace the process by putting a positive spin on the experience.

Wireless World
In the future, there may be a potential fraud deterrent sitting right in your wallet.

Inside Informatics
Two industry experts discuss the viability of health information exchanges.

Consulting & Outsourcing Showcase

News Briefs
University of Missouri Health Care patients have gained online access to physician notes through the system's patient portal.

Datebook

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


March 2015

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Where's the Payoff?
Despite design flaws, EHRs add value to health care. Nevertheless, experts say the technology is capable of much more.

The Complicated Anatomy of ICD-10-PCS
What has prevented coders from feeling comfortable with PCS? What needs to change in order to boost coder confidence going forward?

Life on the Low End of the Pay Scale
Medical transcriptionists believe their compensation doesn't match their contributions.

In Search of Actionable Data
As the bytes pile up, health care organizations must be able to sift through the more appetizing pieces to gain value from their cumulative information.

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Editor's Note

Inside Informatics

HIT Happenings
Develop effective strategies to get the most out of consulting services.

Coding Corner
Sacrificing accuracy for speed can lead to misleading data becoming part of public health reporting and other metrics.

CIO Insider
Texting can be an efficient mode of communication, but health care organizations must be aware of its potential security issues.

www.watch
Researchers found that tweets expressing negative emotions such as anger and stress were associated with higher heart disease risk.

HIT/HIMSS Spotlight

News Briefs
In an effort to curb unnecessary blood transfusions, a health care organization has embedded a "best practice alert" in its EMR.

Datebook

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


February 2015

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ROI Peak Performers
Harried HIM departments may want to consider outsourcing all or part of their release-of-information functions to a third party.

Realistic Expectations Key to Speech Recognition Success
By being aware of what the technology can and can't do, health care organizations are more apt to achieve the desired results.

Auditors Take Aim at DRGs
Health care organizations must brace themselves for the inevitable perusal of their coding.

So You Want to Be a Privacy Officer?
Four industry veterans talk about the skills necessary to master this demanding, ever-evolving position.

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Editor's Note

Industry Perspectives
HIM professionals looking to gain access to the C-suite must believe in themselves.

EHR Insider
Big Data get most of the ink but it's foolhardy to ignore the importance of quality standards for small data.

Chart Conundrums
Pediatric documentation presents a unique set of challenges to the HIM professionals responsible for maintaining its accuracy.

mHealth Update
An Orlando children's hospital sends text messages and images via a smartphone app to keep loved ones informed during surgery.

ICD-10 Spotlight Showcase

News Briefs

Datebook

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


January 2015

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Rise of the Scribes
Busy physicians struggling to stay in step with documentation requirements may find medical scribes to be a welcome addition to their staff.

Tame the Big Data Beast
Experts say health care organizations both large and small must have a strategy in place to manage an influx of data.

Telemedicine Faces Off Against Chronic Disease
Researchers analyze how the technology affects cost, access, and quality of care.

Navigate the CDI Divide
A hospitalwide effort built on cooperation increases an organization's chances of upgrading its documentation.

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Editor's Note
Hashtags and HIM

EHR Insider
Get a jump on the buying process by asking these questions.

Transcription Trends
When it comes to accurate documentation, an industry leader says not to let EMR technology trump the skills and expertise of a medical transcriptionist.

Evolving Education
Population health management is rapidly becoming a viable career option for HIM professionals.

CFO Zone
Learn how business process management technology can help reduce costs and improve outcomes.

Transcription Resource Guide

News Briefs
CFOs at small hospitals are finding meaningful use investments are taking a toll on their bottom line.

Datebook

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