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December 2016

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Call In the Reinforcements
An onslaught of data breaches has forced health care organizations to be more cognizant of having response teams at the ready.

Medicare Bundled Payments: Are AMI and CABG Next?
Acute myocardial infarction and coronary artery bypass graft surgery are poised to join a growing list of conditions and procedures for which bundled payments will be mandatory.

Make a List, Check It Twice
Conducting an information asset inventory is not only good business practice, it also can help organizations comply with security standards.

OIG Takes Notice of ICD-10 DRG Assignments
The agency has called out diagnosis-related groups in two specific areas as subject to greater scrutiny due to previous findings of inappropriate payments.

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Academic Perspectives
Data sharing is key to the future of clinical research.

HIM Challenges
The regulations governing medical record retention often leave HIM directors perplexed, a situation that becomes even more complicated in an electronic environment.

2017 Preview
By answering a series of true-false questions, experts lend insight into what may and may not occur in the health care industry over the next 12 months.

HIT Happenings
Recently, the federal government introduced metrics to support specific indicators of widespread interoperability.

EHR Insider
Covered entities and their business associates must familiarize themselves with the requirements and recommendations for HIPAA-compliant file sharing.

Datebook

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


November 2016

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The Future of Speech Recognition
New advancements promise to make speech recognition technology more interactive.

Data-Driven Remote Coding Management
Using data analysis to measure productivity trends can help both coding managers and coders themselves.

HIT's Public Health Report Card
Key hurdles must be cleared if data sharing during a public health crisis is to become commonplace.

Great Lengths, Big Trouble
Without strong documentation, hospitals run the risk of incurring severe length-of-stay penalties.

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EHR Insider
A recent study compared technology use at urban and rural health care facilities.

Evolving Education
Prehire assessments and continuing education programs can help organizations maintain a fully staffed, fully functional HIM department.

Transcription Trends
Turns out that the history of medical documentation is a case of copy and paste.

HIT Happenings
Technology can be a great asset, but health care organizations must ensure that it is properly integrated into workflow.

Ask the Experts
A hospital charged a mother $39 to hold her newborn. Is that "codeable"?

News Briefs

Datebook

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


October 2016

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A Bird's Eye View of HIM Workflow
Mapping, dashboards, and process diagrams can lead to efficiency gains in the HIM department.

Gain Insight With Predictive Analytics
Unleashing the power of Big Data can help providers identify the best course of treatment.

This Drug's for You
The study of how genes affect an individual's response to a particular drug treatment, pharmacogenomics has the potential to be a health care game-changer.

Evolve or Be Left Behind
Industry experts say medical transcriptionists would be wise to adapt their skills to the latest technologies.

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Industry Perspectives
As outsourcing coding services grows in popularity, it's time the industry established pricing and quality standards.

HIM Challenges
With new health care initiatives almost outnumbering political ads these days, it's important that HIM makes its presence known throughout the organization.

Wireless World
A recent survey of health care professionals measured how Wi-Fi impacts facility operations and promotes better patient care.

CFO Zone
CIOs and HIM managers are increasing the value of clinical imaging by collaborating on enterprisewide strategies. 

Datebook

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


September 2016

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At a Disadvantage?
Frustrations are mounting as Part C payments come under intense scrutiny.

On High Alert for Hackers
Squarely in the crosshairs of cyber attackers, the health care industry must be proactive to keep data out of the wrong hands.

The 411 on Subpoenas
It takes a keen eye and familiarity with compliance regulations to fulfill legal requests for medical records.

Brain Power
By encouraging the development of communities of practice, organizations can create a learning environment.

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Coding Corner
Fall's arrival brings many changes, not the least of which are the adjustments made to ICD-10.

EHR Insider
Enterprise content management can help eliminate EHR holes.

HIM Challenges
Smart health care organizations will implement six best practices to stay compliant with informed consent guidelines.

Washington Scene
The federal government is taking steps to ensure HIT safety concerns remain top of mind.

News Briefs

Datebook

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


August 2016

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Redefined Sepsis Affects Coding, Documentation
Earlier this year, the latest definition of sepsis dropped, a development with far-reaching effects.

Leveraging Risk Management During Disaster Recovery
Although IT faces the brunt of the responsibility, risk managers also play a key role.

Subject to Review
Covered entities and their business associates are put under the microscope in phase 2 of the HIPAA audits.

Scribes Etch a Spot in the Care Process
The movement to deploy scribes in documentation settings continues to gain steam.

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Thought Leader Q&A
Christine Bechtel, coordinator of the GetMyHealthData campaign, explains how the initiative plans to change the health care landscape.

Inside Informatics
Before the health care industry shoots to master precision medicine, perhaps it should better define the term.

ICD-10 Update
The new codes have brought with them a series of documentation challenges.

HIM Challenges
Are you considering working remotely? An industry veteran offers tips on how best to make the transition.

Education Resource Guide

Datebook

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


July 2016

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Information Governance: A Bright Future in the Cloud
Up in the cloud, complicated IG processes can be streamlined, but caveats apply.

Speech Recognition Meets the Web
Minimizing the time between a patient encounter and documentation can add richer detail.

Devil of a Time
Reporting outpatient time-based CPT codes may seem straightforward, but that's hardly the case.

@Risk-Filled Routine
Commonplace though it may be, sending an e-mail containing patient information can't be taken lightly.

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Coding Corner
The transition to ICD-10 may be in the rearview mirror, but smart organizations are keeping an eye on the road ahead.

EHR Insider
Multiple clinical coding schemes and data transmission standards are hampering health care's efforts to take full advantage of Big Data.

HIT Happenings
New York and Maine have demonstrated how ePrescribing can be an effective tool in the battle to prevent opioid abuse.

Ask the Experts
Experienced industry professionals answer readers' coding conundrums.

Inside Informatics
For clues on how to improve care coordination, the health care industry doesn't have to look any further than social networking sites.

News Brief

EHR Showcase

CFO Zone

Datebook

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


June 2016

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Dive Into Data, Save Lives
Analysis of EHR documentation can provide insights to help improve patient outcomes.

Coding and the Third-Party Option
More health care organizations are hopping on the outsourcing bandwagon.

Unfinished Business
Nearly one-half of the hospitals surveyed by The Joint Commission fail to demonstrate complete and accurate medical records.

Informatics Poised for Job Growth
The future is bright for anyone interested in joining the ranks of this expanding field.

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HIT Happenings
A CEO wants to see HIT focus more on innovation.

Transcription Trends
A partnership between a medical transcription service organization and a software developer has resulted in a new dictation tool for physicians.

CFO Zone
A revenue cycle expert shares her thoughts on what constitutes a first-rate financial analytics team.

Chart Conundrums
Learn how the OpenNotes project has expanded its reach to the far Northwest.

mHealth Update
Engaging patients through text messages and other smartphone applications can benefit both patients and healthcare providers.

Datebook

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


May 2016

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Poor Documentation: Why It Happens and How to Fix It
Health care organizations must ascertain the former and then execute the latter.

MACRA, MIPS — Slated to Make an M-pressive Impact
These acronyms are the latest to cause a stir in the health care industry.

"AFIRM"ative Action
Anyone involved with claim denials is anxiously awaiting word from the Senate on the Audit & Appeal Fairness, Integrity, and Reforms in Medicare Act.

A Solution Inside a Problem
A concept born in the early 1960s, the problem-oriented medical record provides a different view into a patient's history.

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Industry Perspectives
Clinical process measurement can lend valuable insights into why specific care episodes are lacking.

Evolving Education
To match the industry itself, coder training is forever evolving, with new trends emerging this year and beyond.

HIT Happenings
Health care organizations and vendors that enter into joint agreements to develop software and other technology face a series of legal concerns about ownership.

Coding & RCM Resource Guide

ICD-10 Update
In the coming months, auditors are likely to target eight specific areas for potential denials.

Letters to the Editor

Datebook

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


April 2016

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How to Build a Better HIM Department
A serious attitude adjustment can do wonders for efficiency rates and create a synergy with long-lasting effects.

Words Matter
By taking a few key steps, health care organizations can be more confident that their clinicians will dictate properly in an EMR environment.

Legal Concerns in Information Governance
To build an effective program, health care organizations must lean on the expertise of general counsel.

Disclosure Management in a Risky World
Now more than ever, health care organizations must be prepared in the event of a data breach.

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Reader Feedback

Chart Conundrums
An in-house study conducted by M*Modal examines the effects of natural language understanding on discharge summary documentation.

Washington Scene
Find out how AMIA is attempting to make a difference in the nation's capital.

Transcription Trends
In a passionate letter, a longtime medical transcriptionist says the state of the industry has caused her to call it a career.

mHealth Update
A recent study from CDW Healthcare takes the pulse of patients and providers on the state of patient engagement.

Consulting & Outsourcing Showcase

HIT Happenings
Data integrity issues can be resolved by automating documentation, coding, and reporting processes.

Datebook

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


March 2016

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What's Your HIT Hiring Strategy?
Organizations must think long and hard about whether to hire permanent staff or seek help from consultants.

Data Integrity at the Forefront of Cancer Registry
Any meaningful cancer registry must be built on a comprehensive foundation of quality control.

PHI: Valuable and Vulnerable
With multiple uses and shaky defenses, health care data continue to entice cyber criminals.

Mitigate Medical Necessity Denials
ICD-10 has brought with it renewed concerns about managing medical necessity requirements.

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Industry Perspectives
Are data based on ICD codes flawed? An industry veteran believes that's the case, raising doubts about any initiative that leans on large data banks.

Auditing Alley
With incidences of medical identity theft on the rise, it's important that staff be aware of possible warning signs.

Coding Corner
Now more than ever, competent coders and CDI specialists are essential. Organizations can combine their unique skill sets to develop longstanding relationships.

Inside Informatics
Universal device standardization remains out of reach, making middleware a key component to data gathering.

News Briefs

Datebook

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


February 2016

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The Here and Now on Present-on-Admission Indicators
Without proper documentation and coding, hospitals face serious financial setbacks should they misrepresent patient cases.

Front- vs Back-End Speech Recognition: Which Fits Better?
Health care organizations must take into account several factors before making the leap.

mHealth in the Mental Health Sector
Usability, privacy, and quality issues take center stage as new apps and platforms emerge.

The Challenges of Population Health Management
Connecting providers and a cultural readjustment are two keys to a successful initiative.

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Industry Perspectives
Learn valuable insight on the initial steps in launching an information governance inititative.

HIT Happenings
Evidence-based practice centers enable hospitals to smartly answer questions to improve quality of care and patient safety.

Thought Leader Q&A
Industry veteran June Bronnert, RHIA, CCS, CCS-P, answers questions about coding's future and the aftereffects of ICD-10.

HIMSS Product Showcase

Wireless World
A study analyzes how physicians conduct searches on their mobile devices at the point of care.

HIM Challenges
Five years ago, Precyse issued a report on what HIM will look like in 2016. Let's examine their hits and misses.

Datebook

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


January 2016

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ICD-10 and the Order of Things
To ensure proper reimbursement, codes must be sequenced properly.

Digitization Complicates the ROI Process
In response to an increasingly electronic environment, AHIOS has issued a revised report on the steps involved in releasing health information.

The Long and Short of EHR Documentation
University of Missouri researchers take stock of physician attitudes toward electronic notes.

HIM Ingenuity on Display
Two health care organizations have created innovative systems to more efficiently review medical records.

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Editor's Note

HIT Happenings
A successful enterprise imaging implementation requires uniform data sets.

Evolving Education
According to several reports, HIT leaders are in short supply these days. Learn what it takes to step into the next generation of C-suite roles.

Transcription Trends
A survey of health care documentation specialists sheds light on the pressures being faced to meet dwindling turnaround times.

Transcription Resource Guide

Ask the Experts

EHR Insider
An HIT advisor offers suggestions on what may be the next steps in the evolution of the EHR Developer Code of Conduct.

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