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Editor's e-Note
One of the major benefits of installing health technology is to increase efficiency. Too often, we hear about implementations where productivity went in the tank following the introduction of new software.

This month’s E-News Exclusive explains how voice technology can make life easier for physicians without eliminating their fondness for dictation.

Lee DeOrio, editor
e-News Exclusive
Capturing Higher Quality Data in Less Time With Voice Technology
By Marsha Taicher

ICD-10, meaningful use (MU), and the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) all require physicians to document with an enhanced level of clinical detail. Under ICD-10, for example, physicians must replace a single code under ICD-9 for “complications of foreign body accidentally left in body following a procedure” with as many as 50 new codes.

Training and automated coding tools can certainly help with creating and submitting clean claims to payers, but physicians and other providers still need to spend more valuable time typing or searching EHR dropdown menus to capture the clinical quality metrics for MU and PQRS and to select the correct diagnosis for ICD-10. In fact, one study anticipated the transition from ICD-9 to ICD-10 would increase documentation time for physicians by as much as 15%.

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Industry Insight
MRO and Inofile Form Partnership

MRO, a leader in secure, compliant, and efficient exchange of protected health information (PHI), recently announced a partnership with Inofile, a health care technology company specializing in cloud-based clinical document exchange. Through this collaboration, MRO will fulfill nonclinical release of information requests for Inofile’s Kno2 users.

Kno2 is a simple and affordable way to organize and securely exchange patient information through Direct Secure Messaging. With this technology, health care organizations of any size can implement and utilize the solution to enhance the exchange of patient information. MRO will aid in this process to ensure secure, compliant, and efficient fulfillment of medical records requests and proper handling of PHI.

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MU: Keep an Eye on the Future
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A Delicate Balancing Act
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Long on Potential, Short on Results
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Is the Price Right?
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Philadelphia Hospitals, Insurers
Share Electronic Health Data

The HealthShare Exchange of Southeastern PA, Inc, links EMRs from different hospitals, clinics, and physicians, and adds insurer claims data, according to

Epic Implementations Bring Big Price Tags
Eight of this year’s most costly Epic EHR implementations are reported by Becker’s Hospital Review.
AHDI Preview
Conference Offers Documentation Integrity and Improvement Education
By Heather Hogstrom

The Association for Healthcare Documentation Integrity’s (AHDI) 37th Annual Conference will be in Alexandria, Virginia, August 7-8. However, attendees may want to head to Alexandria early to also attend AHIMA’s Clinical Documentation Improvement (CDI) Summit, which is being held in conjunction with AHDI’s conference and will take place August 6-7.

Visitors may be interested in touring the shops and restaurants of Old Town Alexandria, the historic center of the city. Or take advantage of being in the Washington, D.C. area by visiting some of the attractions the capital has to offer, such as the Washington Monument or the Smithsonian Museums and National Zoo. Friday night will include an opportunity for sightseeing, as attendees are encouraged to take selfies around town while wearing their 2015 AHDI advocacy shirt and post them on online with the hashtag #BroughtToLife.

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Analytics Will Smooth the Path to Value-Based Care

Moving from a fee-for-service model to a value-based model will profoundly affect the economics of health care. Data analytics will become more focused on predicting the future in this new environment, according to an expert in that field.

Health care organizations have collected data for decades, but most of the information was used to create reports that showed leaders what happened in the past 30 or 90 days. To succeed in the value model, leaders will need a more sophisticated understanding of the data that point to future opportunities for savings and revenue, according to a presentation at the Healthcare Financial Management Association’s 2015 National Institute.

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Ak the Expert
Have a coding or transcription question? Get an expert answer by sending an e-mail to

This month’s selection:
When the patient is brain dead and on a life support machine, and the provider examines the patient for organ donation, do you use V70.8 or V59.X?

Samia Jamil, CPC
Lexington, Kentucky

I would assign the code V70.8 for examination of potential donor. If the patient is being examined to determine if he is a suitable candidate for organ donation, then the code should reflect that an examination was done to determine this. Code V59.X identifies the patient as an organ donor. At the point of examination that is not determined. (I’m assuming that the coding is for the ME’s work.)

— Patrice Pongracz, RHIT, CCS, is an AHIMA-approved ICD-10 trainer and coding quality consultant at Care Communications, Inc.
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Tech & Tools
Navigating Cancer Launches
Care Management Mobile App

Navigating Cancer’s patient-friendly care management mobile application engages patients through a daily text. This “check-in” is designed to boost adherence by reminding patients when it’s time to take their medication, and allowing them to record when they take it. It also prompts patients to enter how they are feeling on a day-by-day basis. For providers, these patient-reported outcomes can be monitored in real time through a care management dashboard. In addition, the app alerts health care providers when a patient should be contacted or watched carefully, facilitating a same-day patient-provider touch point that can avert or minimize hospitalizations. Providers can customize these alerts to be more or less sensitive to individual patients. Learn more »

Bottomline Technologies
Launches Healthcare Privacy
and Data Security Solution

The Bottomline Healthcare Privacy and Data Security solution addresses a gap in protecting health care organizations’ sensitive patient data and offers a noninvasive approach to monitor, replay, and analyze user behavior across multiple systems and applications. Health care providers can identify malicious and negligent activity in real time, regardless of the origin, including imposters posing as internal employees, intentional employee misconduct, or unintentional behavior that puts patients’ data and providers’ reputations at risk. By capturing and analyzing keystrokes, screen views, and data access, it delivers intelligent profiling, proactive alerting, investigation, and case management capabilities. The solution provides a sophisticated approach to managing privacy regulations and reduces the risk of HIPAA or HITECH noncompliance. Privacy investigators have access to powerful forensic tools, analytics, and screen-by-screen replay of users’ activity that can later be used during an investigation. Learn more »

Collaboration Provides ICD-10
Transition Assistance

Doctor Evidence announced a content partnership with IBM Watson to contribute valuable clinical cancer research content to Watson’s oncology solutions and developer ecosystem. The partnership is part of IBM’s work to help the medical community advance patient-centered care through its Watson Health unit. Doctor Evidence will contribute 2 million data points from highly structured, peer-reviewed content, including clinical papers, conference proceedings, abstracts on remissions, patient survival cases, epidemiology, and drug label data from the United States and Europe. Data provided by Doctor Evidence will also enhance Watson ecosystem partners’ ability to build oncology-related apps. Learn more »
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