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For The Record
E-Newsletter    September 2022
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Editor's E-Note

Forward-thinking health care organizations don’t shy away from technology. Instead, they view it as a modern-day solution that can help solve modern-day problems.

For example, take value-based care and data analytics. As this month’s E-News Exclusive details, the marriage between these two can lead to reinvigorated revenue cycles.

Lee DeOrio, editor
In This E-Newsletter
E-News Exclusive

How Value-Based Care Streamlines Workflow and Drives Revenue

The health care industry is stretched thin on resources, workforce, and bandwidth as it struggles to meet growing medical needs. Congested workflow exacerbates the problem and affects hospitals, emergency departments, and clinics across the country. In recent years, the COVID-19 pandemic has worsened the issue.

Value-based care has emerged as a strategically significant solution. Leveraging advanced technology that combines a singular data lake, analytics, and artificial intelligence (AI), value-based care platforms can streamline provider workflow, provide faster access to information, ease physician workloads, and ultimately help drive revenue.

There are numerous areas where today’s technology can impact workflows and ease the compression on the health care workforce, maximize resources, and ease the financial strain.



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Industry Insight
Major Study Finds Significant National Patient Safety Improvement

A study published in JAMA: The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) and funded and carried out by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) shows that rates of in-hospital adverse events for health care related patient harm fell significantly in the United States in the decade prior to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Researchers found significant decreases in in-hospital adverse event rates for heart attack, heart failure, pneumonia, and major surgical procedures. After reviewing records of nearly 245,000 patients in more than 3,100 hospitals between 2010 to 2019, this study shows that pre-COVID hospital care was getting safer.

Researchers of this study tracked a total of 21 adverse events over the study period. Examples of the events included adverse medication events such as those associated with the use of insulin or anticoagulants, infections such as central line–associated bloodstream infections and catheter-associated urinary tract infections, and postprocedure events such as those associated with hip joint or knee joint replacement surgeries or postoperative cardiac events.

Products & Services
MediCardia Health Launches Mobile Patient Record
MediCardia Health announces the beta-release of its mobile patient record, a novel mobile application that is continuously connected to sources of health records and personal data for patients to access, view, and share with anyone, anytime, anywhere. MediCardia developed the user interface that creates the clinical context for this information and a robust interoperability backbone that streamlines connectivity with EMRs and billing engines and is completing development on its intelligence-embedded care engine based on societal guidelines, payer care gaps, and value-based care performance measures. The power of this intelligence will first drive the MediCardia remote monitoring platform, Virtuas, already launched and on market with a semiautonomous agent that works with care providers to deliver the best care and promote adherence. The final stage is to put the power of this technology and health information into the hands of patients and consumers. Learn more »

HITRUST Selected for TEFCA Security Certification
HITRUST is supporting the security requirements of the Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement (TEFCA) program. The TEFCA Recognized Coordinating Entity (RCE)—The Sequoia Project—has selected HITRUST and the HITRUST Risk-based, 2-year (r2) Certification as the first certifying body and certification for organizations to prove they comply with the TEFCA security requirements for their Qualified Health Information Network designation. HITRUST is also available to support TEFCA Participants and Subparticipants in the security of TEFCA Information under the Framework Agreements. The HITRUST r2 Certification is the only assessment recognized by the RCE for meeting the Common Agreement criteria for cybersecurity. This recognition further demonstrates the comprehensiveness and Rely-Ability™ of the r2 Certification while further extending the value that assessed entities receive from their HITRUST r2 Certification. Learn more »

MDaudit Launches Revenue Integrity Suite
MDaudit announces the launch of MDaudit Revenue Integrity Suite, which brings fully integrated risk capabilities and supporting workflows together on a single platform. MDaudit Revenue Integrity Suite is an end-to-end denials analytics technology designed to preemptively protect against revenue leakage by identifying and resolving systemic risks based on historical data and applied insights. It gleans insights from historical data and applies them proactively to address potential denials for reasons that are either medical necessity, pricing, or treatment-related, including specialty drug and durable medical equipment utilization, thereby resolving the issues that cause high-dollar hospital claims to be denied. It features a powerful analytics engine that proactively identifies financial and clinical issues with high-value services as they are seen by payers, reducing the costliest denials and payment delays, and improving revenue and days in accounts receivable. Learn more »

Nuance Expands Dragon Medical One Availability
Nuance Communications announces availability of the Nuance Dragon Medical One clinical documentation software through the Microsoft Marketplace and partner ecosystem. Nuance Dragon Medical One's artificial intelligence–powered capabilities streamline documentation workflow, improve patient care, and reduce administrative burdens that lead to burnout. Nuance Dragon Medical One combines advanced speech recognition with voice-enabled workflow capabilities that reduce clicks and time-consuming, repetitive tasks. The solution helps to capture clinical documentation up to five times faster than typing with 99% accuracy. The expanded availability helps address physician burnout on a broader scale and presents Microsoft partners with opportunities to add advanced conversational artificial intelligence capabilities to the solutions they provide for health care professionals. Learn more »
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