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November/December 2018


DRG Mismatches
When discrepancies occur, the ensuing reconciliation process serves as a prime opportunity to educate clinical documentation improvement and coding staffs.

Harnessing Data
Three case studies illustrate the versatility of data analytics.

EHRs Still Burden Physicians
The findings of a recent study continue the trend of doctors expressing displeasure with the technology's effect on practice management.

Time to Shake Up PEPPER?
The longstanding report still serves a purpose, but industry experts believe it could use updating to better fit the current health care climate.


Editor's Note

Technology Trends
A deeper dive into the numbers will lend valuable insight into the effectiveness of artificial intelligence tools for document creation.

Evolving Education
Opportunities are plentiful for HIM professionals looking to pursue a career in a research-related field.

Coding Corner
Changes to how skilled nursing facilities are paid and how their performance is measured have taken effect—with more on the way in 2019.

HIM Challenges
The convenience and power of text messaging is undeniable, but use of the technology doesn't come without its concerns.

Industry Perspectives
A physician makes an impassioned case to improve EHR usability.

Year-End Spotlight


mHealth Update
The Connected Care Pilot Program is a step in the right direction, but further action needs to be taken to ensure everyone has sufficient access to virtual care.

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