Looking Ahead: Coding Concerns in 2017

Now that we have officially entered the holiday season, it’s natural to start thinking ahead to the New Year and what 2017 will bring. Even though on the calendar the ICD-10 transition is long gone, it’s to be expected that medical organizations and practices will still likely feel the effects of the changes into 2017 […]

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 […]

The 2016 Rio Olympics: Decoded

This year’s Olympics in Rio have been nothing short of a wild ride – a nail biting roller coaster, for that matter – with the kind of excitement we all come to anticipate from the games. But when you have world-class athletes performing mind-bending feats of strength and agility, it’s pretty much a given that someone’s going to […]

New Rules Gives Providers and Employers Improved Access to Information for Better Patient Care

If there weren’t already enough pressing reasons for accurate and precise documenting and coding in the healthcare world, now enter MACRA. The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act, known as MACRA, is the next generation of healthcare legislation. In short, the law (which already is more than 900 pages long) hopes to drive the mass […]

The Shift to Value-Based Care: Technology Will be Key

The healthcare industry is always changing, but there’s been a lot of attention on one major impending evolution in particular – the move from volume (or fee-for-service) to value-based (outcome) payment models. This new wave of the future is something that all healthcare organizations – from major hospital systems to private independent practices – must […]