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Editor's e-Note
The annual HIMSS conference has become the industry’s Super Bowl and Daytona 500, a festive occasion filled with serious discussions and far-reaching ideas. Set it in Las Vegas and it only magnifies the robustness.

This month’s E-Newsletter includes a recap of a session cohosted by one of the more penetrating personalities present at HIT’s biggest show.

Lee DeOrio, editor
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Billing and Coding: Reduce Friction in the Revenue Cycle
By Tom Herald

The consumer-driven health care era has transformed the role of the patient. Today, patients are more informed about their treatment options and what they will have to pay out of pocket. Driven by a desire to obtain affordable health care, patients seek providers that align with their overall needs without compromising care.

The evolution of the health care business model corresponds to the development of the payment process. What once was a business-to-business transaction has been replaced by something more complex and difficult to navigate: a business-to-business-to-consumer model. In a business-to-business model, a medical practice would file a claim to the insurance company, which would then adjudicate the claim and pay the practice for services rendered.

In the business-to-business-to-consumer payment model, physicians send the insurance company a bill to adjudicate. The insurance company may well notify the physician that the patient owes a deductible, which the physician would then bill to the patient. After billing the patient for the deductible, the physician has to get that payment adjudicated by the insurance company and only then can the physician bill the patient and collect for the services rendered.

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The updated Health Records section within the Health app brings together hospitals, clinics, and the existing Health app to make it easy for consumers to see their available medical data from multiple providers whenever they choose. Now, consumers will have medical information from various institutions organized into one view covering allergies, conditions, immunizations, lab results, medications, procedures, and vitals, and will receive notifications when their data are updated. Health Records data are encrypted and protected with the user’s iPhone passcode.

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“NoteSwift is excited to partner with athenahealth to disrupt the EHR market, removing administrative burdens that cause physician burnout and decrease patient interactions,” says Wayne Crandall, president and CEO of NoteSwift. “Our revolutionary new EHR virtual assistant, Samantha, saves physicians six to eight hours each week by eliminating the need to manually enter details of the patient encounter. Instead, Samantha’s advanced artificial intelligence creates the entire patient note from a single screen and with just a few clicks. A physician simply types or dictates the patient narrative and Samantha’s patent-pending technology intelligently parses the text, identifies structured data elements, assigns all required coding, and prepares orders and ePrescriptions for physician sign-off. Samantha then places all the information into the correct fields of athenaClinicals EHR automatically—just as if it had been typed in manually.”

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