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Editor's e-Note
For years, industry leaders have been urging HIM managers to speak their minds and become more prominent leaders in their facilities. How successfully that plea has been heard is up for debate.

Some HIM managers have heeded the advice while others have turned a deaf ear, possibly because taking charge simply isn’t part of their personality. Is it possible for less assertive managers to change their stripes? According to this month’s E-News Exclusive, it is.

Lee DeOrio, editor
e-News Exclusive
Lacking Assertiveness? Here’s How to Fix It
By Jill Johnson

Those who achieve success make things happen and have developed the ability to be assertive. If your secret desire is a promotion or more money, being assertive can be the key to making your dream a reality.

Not being assertive can doom you to continually being passed over. Wishing for recognition is no longer enough; you have to take real action to be noticed.

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Industry Insight
Massachusetts Establishes Digital Healthcare Council

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker has announced the creation of a Digital Healthcare Council, a comprehensive public-private partnership that will advise the administration on the future of the Commonwealth’s digital health care industry. The council stems from the momentum of the Massachusetts Digital Health Initiative, launched in January 2016.

The council convenes leaders across the digital health care industry, including technology, health care delivery, insurance, medical devices, the life sciences, academia, and government, to advise on ways new digital technologies can improve health care in the Commonwealth, grow jobs, and reduce health care costs.

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Payers Increasing Scrutiny
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Lack of awareness about coding compliance is a continual challenge for many ambulatory surgery centers, but scrutiny is increasing and penalties can be severe, according to Becker’s ASC Review.
Tech & Tools
AHIMA Publishes First ICD-10-CM Code Book for Outpatient Physicians
A new AHIMA book, ICD-10-CM Code Book for Physicians, is the AHIMA Press’s first title designed to help physicians and clinicians execute ICD-10-CM specifically in an outpatient setting. The book includes all 2017 updates to codes and coding guidelines. Key features of the book include color-coded sections to make navigation and code selection easier, anatomical art included throughout the Tabular, inclusion of Hierarchical Condition Category codes, references to American Hospital Association Coding Clinic guidelines, and identification of diagnoses that impact Medicare Code Editor version 34 edits. Learn more »

Technology Gives Patients a “Voice”
A tablet-based communication application called “Speak for Myself” was developed by Rebecca Koszalinski, PhD, RN, to enable intubated patients to communicate with nurses, physicians, and their loved ones. Speak for Myself enables patients to indicate physical needs such as suctioning, repositioning needs, and requests for toileting; feelings of fear and loneliness; and their level of pain and the location of their pain. When a patient touches the screen to indicate the location of pain on the body graphic, the voice says “it hurts here.” Patients can use shortcuts and single words or type in phrases or full sentences to communicate their needs. The software is predictive so that if a patient begins to enter a word, the program will anticipate and present likely solutions. Learn more »

App Handles Release of Information Requests
Verisma launched the Verisma Request App (VRA), a self-service online request solution. Ultimately, VRA will facilitate not only automated requests but also automated fulfillment of requests. The first phase of the app launch focuses on patient access, specifically requests for medical records by patients and patient representatives. Via the hospital’s website or patient portal, patients and their representatives complete an intuitive online authorization form. Once they submit the form, the data automatically create a transaction in Verisma Release Manager (VRM). Since VRM and VRA are EHR neutral, the request is easily fulfilled regardless of where the records reside. VRA is architected for 100% compliance with HIPAA, the Electronic Signatures in Global and National Commerce Act, and the Uniform Electronic Transactions Act. Additional features include the ability for patients to request documents from any dates of service regardless of the source of the information; online guidance embedded in the form, ensuring accuracy and completeness; and customized branding ensuring continuity within the provider’s website or patient portal. Learn more »
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