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ICD-10 cost a 'crushing burden' for docs
By Mike Miliard 03:51 pm February 12, 2014
Some physicians may end up paying nearly three times more for ICD-10 implementation than had been predicted just five years ago, according to a new report from the American Medical Association.
By Mike Miliard 04:05 pm February 05, 2014
Just eight months out from the ICD-10 compliance date, fewer than 10 percent of physician practices say they've made significant progress in their readiness for implementation, according to the Medical Group Management Association.
Testing ICD-10 codes seen as critical for smooth transition.
By Bernie Monegain 10:56 am January 29, 2014
The Massachusetts Health Data Consortium is working with Edifecs to provide ICD-10 collaborative testing for many of the state's health plans and provider organizations. The MHDC's Collaborative Testing Program participants will have access to Edifecs' testing tools and team of experts.
Payers embracing consumer technology
By Mike Miliard 02:55 pm January 21, 2014
As they try to get a better handle on population health management and member engagement, payers are increasingly looking to consumer-facing technologies for help, according to the latest report from Chilmark Research.
By Mike Miliard 08:55 pm December 09, 2013
The Medical Group Management Association has written to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, urging HHS to mandate end-to-end testing for ICD-10 -- and arguing that not doing so could lead to "catastrophic" cash flow disruption for practices.
Revenue cycle ripe for radical change
By Mike Miliard 12:58 pm December 09, 2013
"I'm surprised that we continue to see the status quo in revenue cycle management," says Sean Wieland, managing director and senior research analyst at Piper Jaffray, adding that, "If any other industry had a revenue cycle like that, we'd all be living like the Amish."
By Kevin Fuller 03:08 pm December 02, 2013
As they work to bolster their bottom lines, many hospitals have taken a hard look at their clinical documentation strategies. Indeed, putting a documentation improvement program in place can be key to long-term financial stability.
By Erin McCann 03:41 pm November 08, 2013
U.S. hospitals know a little something about debt -- most happen to be drowning in it. Just in uncompensated care alone, hospitals nationwide lost $41.1 billion in 2011. Making up for these losses proves no easy task, but some healthcare groups are making headway by deploying point-of-service collection platforms.
LaTonya O’Neal
By Tom Sullivan 02:46 pm November 01, 2013
The top ICD-10 takeaway from the AHIMA Convention and Exhibit is that the industry's readiness still comprises all the points between not-knowing and already prepared.
ICD-10 starts at clinical documentation
By Bernie Monegain 02:15 pm November 01, 2013
Physicians and other healthcare professionals will have to employ much more accurate and specific documentation of their care if ICD-10 coding is to work right, speakers asserted in an education session at the AHIMA Convention and Exhibit.

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