Currently we offer the following White Papers for Download.
Unified Reimbursement Strategy
Implementing Common Ground Among NextGeneration Reimbursement and Quality Systems

This white paper addresses the need for creating a more unified approach to managing our changing clinical, regulatory, and revenue cycle environment. It covers the Five Pillars of next-generation reimbursement philosophy, and how to implement those pillars.

Revenue Cycle Management in Home Health Care
Maintaining Coding and Documentation Excellence

This paper looks at the many the challenges the Home Health industry faces and the focus it has put on efficient Revenue CycleManagement (RCM). It also addresses the widespread deficiencies in Home Health documentation and coding, and makes the case for targeted training to help assure appropriate reimbursement, maximum incentives and regulatory compliance.

ICD-10: Not A Destination But A Change Management Journey

While the ICD-10-CM/PCS implementation date is now behind us, the ICD-10 change management journey is far from over. Clinicians, executives and managers must continue to support cultural alignment, collaborative communication and performance improvement to realize the full promise of ICD-10.

How Regulations Affect Coding and Documentation

Regulations, laws, mandates, and guidelines touch almost every facet of healthcare documentation, coding, and reporting. Although healthcare data that is based on documentation is used for payment other, more patient-focused uses of healthcare information may be considerably more important to some users.

Physicians Importance to the Success of ICD-10
for Patient Care Improvement

Physicians’ concerns surrounding ICD-10 are understandable. So much is happening in health care today that they’re being pulled in more directions than ever.
In the case of ICD-10, it is important that physicians understand that the task before them is surmountable and appropriate training exists to help. It also is essential that they truly comprehend how critical they are to a successful transition and the difference their participation can make.

Assessing and Improving ICD-10 Readiness: A proven method for using coder-derived data to improve productivity and preparedness

This paper explores a data-based, analytical methodology that reveals precisely which ICD-10 issues have the greatest impact on productivity so they can be resolved effectively and economically well before the implementation date arrives.

Transitioning to ICD-10: What the Extension Means and
How You Can Use It to Your Advantage

With the ICD-10 deadline moved to 2015, providers have been presented with the gift of time – something many required to take care of the details and create a positive big picture. That time, however, must be used wisely. This paper provides insight into all phases of the transition to ICD-10, with recommendations for what to do when, for effective implementation and ongoing success.

The Impact of ICD-10-CM/PCS on Productivity

Although timelines to work on implementation vary depending on the nature and structure of the organization, activities should be in full swing right now to avoid negative impact and minimize risk. The key to minimizing these risks lies largely in productivity. “The Impact of ICD-10-CM/PCS on Productivity” addresses two key questions with respect to productivity: How will productivity in related areas impact revenue cycle? To what extent will coding productivity affect revenue cycle efficiency?

Two Years and Counting

“Two Years and Counting,” details where healthcare organizations should be in their transition process, and provides an in-depth look at the four phases of transition, including the steps that need to be taken in each phase to ensure a smooth transition. With an emphasis on the first two phases (evaluation and planning), this white papers outlines the steps you should be taking NOW to ensure a smooth transition.

Key to Successfully Manage the ICD-10 Transition

With the clock ticking toward the implementation deadline for the new ICD-10 classification system in the United States, it is vital that healthcare organizations begin developing a comprehensive plan to ensure a successful conversion for all revenue cycle staff, providers and the organization as a whole. The deadline may seem distant now. However, the vast scope of the ICD-10 transition — along with the heightened complexity of the classification system — requires that hospitals and other providers get a running start. This white paper provides a starting point for your planning efforts: identifying the steps you need to take to ensure a successful ICD-10 transition.

Translating ICD-10 – The General Equivalence Mappings (GEMs)

As the implementation deadline approaches, the search for tools to help ease the transition continues.One tool available is the General Equivalence Mappings, or GEMs, developed by the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS ), a division of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). The GEMs serve as a translation dictionary between the ICD-9-CM and the ICD-10-CM/PCS systems.This white paper explores the critical role of GEMs in the ICD-10 transition and how organizations can use them most effectively.

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A Guide to ICD-10 Preparatory Training for Coders

To ensure a smooth transition to ICD-10, specific information on what to include in coder education programs is critical. Managers consequently face a major challenge in determining exactly what coders need to know to use ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS accurately and effectively, and how to best deliver that training.
This paper attempts to aid learners and managers by identifying the specific foundational knowledge coders need before they learn to use ICD-10.
A review of good coding practices is presented, along with an overview, and specific recommendations (See appendix) for each of the major body system chapters with the level and scope of training required to ensure ICD-10 success

Appendix – A Guide to ICD-10 Preparatory Training for Coders

This Appendix provides chapter-by-chapter analysis of ICD-10-CM outlining the type and scope of knowledge necessary for coder to have in order to use ICD-10-CM accurately and effectively.