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May 2019

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All-In for All-Payer CDI
For years, clinical documentation improvement initiatives have spent the majority of their time focused on government programs. Today, more hospitals are making room for all payers.

Nebulous Notes Hinder Cancer Research
The fact that data contained in medical records and a cancer registry do not have the same level of specificity makes it more difficult for researchers to make progress.

Unlocking the Social Determinants of Health
UnitedHealthcare and the American Medical Association are supporting the creation of nearly two dozen new ICD-10 codes related to SDOH.

Emerging Voices
An EHR voice assistant project at Vanderbilt University Medical Center highlights how natural language processing is changing the landscape of heath care.

departments

Editor’s Note

HIT Happenings
Return on investment in digital health should be calculated in terms of hard and soft ROI.

Chart Conundrums
Poor documentation can have devastating financial effects on home health agencies.

Inside Interoperability
Big data and telemedicine are forces joining together to connect more patients to better health care.

Coding Corner
Coding experts warn not to sleep on anesthesia coding, whose challenges center on the complexities of its documentation.

Industry Perspectives
With artificial intelligence set to revolutionize revenue cycle management, HIM must be ready to take a leading role.

News Brief

Datebook

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