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April 2020


Big Tech Companies Cast Large Shadow in Health Care
New technology from Amazon and others looms over the documentation sector. What will be its long-term impact on hospital decision makers and HIM processes?

SDoH: Behind the Buzz Is Real Potential
There’s no denying social determinants of health play a role in overall health. How the industry approaches their integration into the care process will be key to taking advantage of the data.

Records for Ransom
One of the most effective forms of infiltrating a hospital’s infrastructure, ransomware forces organizational leaders to weigh the merits of meeting the kidnapper’s demands.

Can AI Turn the Corner Into Clinical Settings?
Artificial intelligence has made inroads in health care, but the technology is facing hurdles and challenges gaining a foothold in actual practice.


Editor’s Note

Hit Happenings
Barcode technology fits nicely into the data sharing equation.

Chart Conundrums
As the need for thorough documentation soars, so, too, does the demand for professionals who can maneuver their way around a chart. What are budget-conscious health care organizations to do?

Coding Corner
Learn the key elements in store for 2021 evaluation and management services coding.

Inside Interoperability
Although challenges remain, the industry is making tremendous strides toward true health interoperability.

Thought Leaders
Julie Pursley Dooling, director of HIM practice excellence at AHIMA, talks about the organization’s pursuit of an EHR that takes into account the needs of the LGBTQ community.

mHealth Update
Industry experts muse about the ramifications of Google’s acquisition of Fitbit.


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

March 2020


Keeping Tabs on Right of Access
An initiative aims to register providers’ ability to meet patients’ medical record requests.

Diving Deeper Into Denials
A closer examination of Claim Adjustment Reason Codes and Remittance Advice Remark Codes can lead to more efficient revenue cycle operations.

Documentation’s Effect on Readmission Rates
Late or sloppy documentation can play havoc with a hospital’s numbers and lead to poor transitions of care.

The Untold MPI Story: How ‘Dirty Data’ Affect a Value-Based Revenue Cycle
Inaccurate patient identifiers on the master patient index cause more than major safety concerns—financials take a hit, too.


Editor’s Note

Ask the Experts

Audit Alley
Successful denials prevention should feature a robust prebill audit and DRG validation process.

EHR Insider
When implementing a new EHR, health care organizations must carefully monitor the data migration process.

HIT Happenings
Duplicate patient records and databases of dubious quality are hindering the prospects of health information exchanges.

HIM Challenges
Mobile technology and standardized templates can help hospitals better manage query workflow concerns.

News Briefs


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

January/February 2020


Address Skill Gaps, Boost Coder Productivity
There are holes in coders’ games, according to the results of a nationwide coding contest. Don’t fret, say coding directors, there are strategies out there that can help plug any deficiencies.

Ahead of the Curve
By taking a collaborative approach to documentation and coding, health care organizations are able to stay on top of their charts.

Down but Not Out
For whatever reason, the EHR is not functional. Now what? Smart health care organizations will have a back-up plan ready to fire on all cylinders.

Rappin’ About RACs
Rarely does the activity of recovery audit contractors remain ordinary, run of the mill. Experts discuss the latest developments in an effort to help health care organizations try to dodge denials.


Editor’s Note

mHealth Update
If telehealth is to make a significant impact on the health care landscape, a couple of patient-related issues must be addressed.

Industry Perspectives
Two industry experts discuss the nuances of coding at federally qualified health centers.

HIM Challenges
Implementing automated revenue cycle analytics can help keep a hospital’s financial house in order and ease the burden of new payment models.

HIPAA Challenges
How do social determinants of health factor into the protected health information equation?

HIT Happenings
Learn how Greater Hudson Valley Health System implemented a Harm Index with great success.


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