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Editor's e-Note
This month’s e-Newsletter celebrates two education efforts designed to spur HIM professionals to greater heights.

The nuances of working with an EHR are addressed in a new program developed by AHIMA and vendor drchrono. Meanwhile, Merida Johns, PhD, RHIA, hopes to give women a greater chance at succeeding on an executive level.

Lee DeOrio, editor
e-News Exclusives
EHR Training in the Classroom
By Daniel Kivatinos

AHIMA and drchrono teamed up to develop a program to change education and bring down health care costs. The goal is to find a more efficient way to educate students going into the medical field by giving them an EHR platform that will help them better understand practice management, billing, patient monitoring, and more. This partnership allows students in HIM from all around the world to have access to a medical records platform for free. It is game changing for future medical professionals.

The United States spends $3.2 trillion on health care annually, with a percentage of that total being misused because medical professionals throughout the country lack basic EHR training, including how to use the technology efficiently. The AHIMA-drchrono education program will improve training and prepare students going into the field of medicine. Students will feel more confident about their EHR skills and how to navigate successfully through the software.

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Tech & Tools
ChartWise to Offer Advisory Services
ChartWise Medical Systems’ ChartWise Advisory Services gives users the opportunity to ensure they optimize their clinical documentation improvement (CDI) programs by maximizing the value they get from the ChartWise 2.0 software solution. The ChartWise Advisory Services include educational programs for CDI staff and stakeholders, ongoing management report reviews and goal setting, program analysis, and workflow reviews, all focused on the ChartWise 2.0 application and the facility’s own reports. Additional offerings include a CDI advisor to help with specific clinical and documentation issues; executive-level CDI reporting review, key performance indicator setting, and goal tracking; quarterly review of charts to facilitate continued improvement; and CDI program process/procedure/workflow reviews. Learn more »

Panacea Announces New Partnership
for Managing CDM Coding and Compliance

Panacea Healthcare Solutions has introduced a new partnership for its CDMAuditor Coding and Compliance module. ChargeAssist, provided by Holliday & Associates, is a web-based charge management solution for both small and large enterprise organizations that combines charge description master (CDM) auditing, charge pricing, charge change workflow management, and regulatory resources in an integrated, easy-to-use product. ChargeAssist is an innovative, next-generation CDM platform built for today’s complex EMRs, while allowing for superior performance with all vendor systems. Users receive e-mail alerts, ongoing support from Panacea CDM consulting experts, automated workflow tools, continual change analytics, and ready-to-access regulatory information tailored to the services performed in their clinical departments. Learn more »
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Industry Insight
WEDI Issues Electronic Payments Guidance

The Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI), an authority on the use of HIT to create efficiencies in health care information exchange, announced the release of a wide-ranging set of industry best practices, entitled “Electronic Payments: Guiding Principles.” Developed by a multistakeholder ePayments Taskforce that included representatives from the health plan, provider, clearinghouse, banking, and government sectors, the guidance addresses concerns raised by respondents of WEDI’s electronic remittance advice/electronic funds transfer (ERA/EFT) survey in early spring 2016.

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