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ICDLogic, Allscripts Partner on CDI Tool

ICDLogic joined the award-winning Allscripts Developer Program to build an integration using the Allscripts Open API [application program interface]. The planned integration will enable Allscripts EHR users to access CypherLink, a clinical documentation guidance tool, from within their clinical workflow. CypherLink rapidly generates the most accurate and specific ICD-10 codes while providing expert documentation guidance to communicate the complexity of care each patient receives.

CypherLink was designed for and by clinicians to make ICD-10 code specification and clinical documentation fast and easy.

• Physicians spend more time with patients and less time responding to documentation questions from administrative staff and insurers.

• Expert-developed clinical documentation improvement guidance prompts physicians for additional factors, underlying causes, complications, and comorbidities relevant to their patient’s condition.

• It significantly reduces coding queries and helps avoid denials and audits.

“Our goal is to help clinicians see more patients and improve practice productivity, instead of wasting valuable time worrying about picking the right code for reimbursement,” says Monique Fayad, CEO of ICDLogic. “Joining the Allscripts Developer Program enables us to help health care providers accurately document the complexity of care during each patient encounter, which becomes increasingly important under ICD-10 and as our health care system moves toward value-based reimbursement.”

Find more information about Allscripts Developer Program partners and certified solutions available to Allscripts clients on the Allscripts Application Store. Developers are encouraged to create a free account on the Allscripts Developer Portal for access to its Open API and to start building innovations for Allscripts users.

— Source: ICDLogic


Huron Consulting Group Boosts Health Care Practice
With Two Managing Directors

Huron Consulting Group, a provider of business consulting services, recently announced that Gary Anthony and Shari Breuer have been appointed as managing directors in the company’s health care practice. Anthony and Breuer join Huron Healthcare’s value-based care and clinical documentation improvement solutions, respectively.

“As the health care industry slowly implements population health management and transitions to value-based payments, health care organizations take on the challenging task of improving quality of care and patient satisfaction at a lower cost or while reducing costs,” says Gordon Mountford, executive vice president of Huron Healthcare. “Gary and Shari have extensive knowledge of the challenges our clients are facing and will assist them in developing innovative solutions.”

Anthony brings more than 30 years of experience in improving cost, quality, safety, and efficiency across health care and HIT companies. Throughout his career, he has led a range of population health engagements including clinical, business, and organizational transformation initiatives within the industry. Prior to joining Huron Healthcare, Anthony was the head of enablement services for Aetna’s Accountable Care Solutions and, previously, a partner at KPMG LLP.

With more than 20 years of experience as a health care professional, Breuer has worked with inpatient hospitals, outpatient clinics, and physician groups to optimize their revenue cycles, clinical documentation improvement, payer networks, and value-based methodologies. Breuer previously served as the senior vice president of revenue cycle management at the Center for Diagnostic Imaging, as well as a principal for The Claro Group, LLC.

— Source: Huron Healthcare


Rita Bowen Joins MRO

MRO, a leader in secure, compliant, and efficient exchange of protected health information (PHI), recently announced the addition of HIM expert Rita Bowen, MA, RHIA, CHPS, SSGB, to its leadership as vice president of privacy, HIM policy, and education. Bowen will ensure new and existing client HIM policies and procedures are at code and drive the development, implementation, and maintenance of MRO’s privacy and training programs. Previously, Bowen served as senior vice president and privacy officer for HealthPort, Inc.

“Rita is well-known and respected within the health care industry for her HIM leadership and industry expertise, and we’re excited to have her on board at MRO,” says Steve Hynes, CEO of MRO. “She brings an excellent perspective that will aid MRO in ensuring the highest levels of quality assurance and compliance while managing and disclosing PHI.”

Bowen comes to MRO with more than 30 years’ industry experience, holding a variety of HIM director and consulting roles. She is an active member of AHIMA and has served as its president and board chair, as a member of the board of directors, and on the council on certification. She has been honored with AHIMA’s Triumph Award in the mentor category, and she is the recipient of the Distinguished Member Award from the Tennessee Health Information Management Association.

Bowen is also an established author and speaker on HIM topics and has taught HIM studies at Chattanooga State and the University of Tennessee Memphis.

“Being from Chattanooga, Tennessee, I think my city’s motto, ‘the right size and the right attitude,’ perfectly describes how I view MRO,” Bowen says. “MRO is the right size, and it has the right attitude. Integrity is a key principle in HIM, as well as to me personally; and MRO is a company based in honesty, integrity, and high ethical standards. I look forward to joining an amazing team of professionals offering industry-leading services and technologies for HIM and other health care professionals.”

— Source: MRO