A Plug for Stopping Revenue Cycle Leaks

It’s called a revenue CYCLE for a reason, as the process isn’t done until the circle is complete. Unfortunately, in this instance, there are numerous points along the way that can spin that process off course. That’s why we’re hearing a lot of talk these days about “revenue cycle leakage,” a concern that always has […]

High-Deductibles and Maximizing Revenue

In a recent blog we announced the forthcoming addition of Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA) courses to the slate of eLearning available through the Elsevier performance management platform. This week, we’d like to focus in on one of the curricula – Patient Financial Communications – which presents best practices designed, as HFMA notes, to bring […]

A Focus on RCM: A Sure Bet in an Uncertain World

On December 20, 2016, Black Book Market Research released the results of a survey on healthcare tech trends for the New Year. Among the nine listed was this: “Middle office functions such as coding and clinical documentation improvement initiatives will be recognized as critical functions in favorable revenue cycle performance.” While those squarely in the […]

2016 Recap – In Song

Revenue cycle, it took center stage. As new payment models became all the rage. How will we manage? What must we change? These are some issues that this year did bring.   Bitten by parrot? Smacked by macaw? New I-10 coding took care of it all. But what about coders? Do they still need to […]

A Macro View of MACRA

In our last blog about coding concerns in the New Year, we listed the new Quality Payment Program, noting that 50 percent of physicians say they are in the dark as to its meaning and ramifications on documentation, coding and reimbursement. Having raised the issue, we thought it only fair to shine a little more […]

New Coding Guideline Contradicts Quality Program Auditing Policies

The Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI) has released an issue brief on clinical documentation and the 2017 ICD-10 Official Guidelines. According to WEDI, the new coding guideline conflicts with reporting and auditing policies for several quality programs, as well as medical necessity rules and other healthcare regulations. As broken down in a recent RevCycle Intelligence article, […]

It’s a Wrap – Post AHIMA 2016

We’re back from AHIMA 2016, and what a great conference it was again this year. AHIMA, you never disappoint! Great information regarding the emergence of “Big Data” and its impact in the healthcare world was shared, and we were very impressed with the conference’s lineup of information sessions and guest speakers. We hope you were […]

AHIMA 2016 is Here!!

The time has come! The 2016 AHIMA Convention and Exhibit has arrived and is in full swing right now in Charm City, and we hope you’re getting the most out of this outstanding event. This year’s theme is “Inspire Big Thinking to Launch our Future,” and we’ve definitely seen this to be an important message […]

A Hard Look at ICD-10 Specificity

In our previous blog, we posed a series of questions that AHIMA convention goers might wish to consider while at the event. They included: “Is my organization’s ICD-10 coding consistently accurate?” In retrospect, we should have added: “Have we achieved the specificity required?” That’s because, as CMS has advised, there’s a difference between a “correct” […]

Are you ready for AHIMA 2016?

This year’s AHIMA Convention in Baltimore, MD takes on the issues surrounding the massive amounts of data available today, looking at how it can and should be governed for healthcare purposes and its role in shaping the industry’s future. A behemoth that grows daily, so-called “Big Data” burst on the healthcare scene in tsunami-like fashion, less […]