ICD-10 impacts to providers – Scheduling : Preauthorizations and Certifications

Does your organization have Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) that use ICD-9 CM diagnosis or ICD-9 procedure code information? If so, those procedures and systems need to be evaluated as part of the ICD-10 Impact Assessment.

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Increasing Health Data Interoperability, BigData, Cloud, Exchange, ICD-10 Lay Foundation for Accountable Care

These are important foundations that enable ubiquitous digital health data in a standard interchange, enabling in-depth analysis and increasingly, Cloud and Software as a Service methods to deploy, store and use the information to improve healthcare. These in turn are important foundations to enable Accountable Care. ICD-10 is the new data standard that will express the condition of the patient and how providers get reimbursed.

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Stage 2 Meaningful Use, Interoperability of EMRs and ICD-10. What is CMS, ONC and HIPAA Impact on Accountable Care Organizations?

One of the key questions will be how the EMR provides a foundation with the Health Information Exchanges (HIEs) for comparative effectiveness data over the life span of a patient (sometimes called the continuum of care) and whether CDA standards currently proposed will accomplish that. Informatics people call this "longitudinal clinical data."

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Born This Way #1, Mubarek Resigns, Health Care Reform Continues

Sensationalism creates a sense of temporary urgency to know more. Mubarek steps down, Lady Gaga is #1, however, in health care reform more than 50% of all health care companies in the U.S. are not prepared for a new reimbursement system called ICD-10. This is a slow steady march to what could be a sensational event in the future. If a large percentage of health insurance firms and hospitals cannot submit or process claims in the new medical coding system, then it could lead to the next Federal bailout - but this time in health care not financial services.

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Electronic Health Records and Patient Privacy, Medical Identity

Yesterday, an important message titled Don’t Rush eHRs Without Addressing Medical ID Theft was posted on ModernHealthcare.com by Martin Ethridgehill, formerly a provider training specialist with Blue Cross and Blue…

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