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4/18/2019

AHIMA submitted comments to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services on recent ICD-10-PCS procedure code proposals, recommending that the CMS work toward system modifications to accommodate codes from a drug terminology, such as RxNorm or the National Drug Code, for the capture of administration of specific drugs.

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4/18/2019

Basic Current Procedural Terminology and HCPCS Coding Exercises strengthens the coding knowledge of students of all levels with skill-building drills and real-world case studies. Students can expect exercises that test knowledge of medical terminology, anatomy and clinical concepts through instruction designed to bridge the gap between clinical documentation and coding.

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4/18/2019

Practices considering hiring advanced practice providers should first make sure their scheduling system is sound and should hire APPs with a focus on increasing access and improving care quality, writes Nick Fabrizio, a principal with MGMA Consulting. Private practices that use more APPs report a 28% revenue increase, according to MGMA.

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4/18/2019

Before integrating telehealth into clinical practices, a healthcare organization's CIO should first determine if the technology would solve existing problems, says John Chuo, neonatal quality officer at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. The next step should be creating a blueprint for integration, which includes ways to measure the technology's impact on the organization.

4/18/2019

Practices should make sure patients understand how much they have to pay before they arrive for an appointment and should give new patients information about the practice's billing and collection practices on their first visit. It's also important to make sure front desk staff understand billing and insurance procedures so they can answer questions.

4/18/2019

Physician practices that offer procedures not covered by a third party should be transparent about prices and ask for payment upfront. They can also participate in programs that allow patients to make payments.

4/18/2019

Interoperability challenges continue to keep telehealth from reaching its full potential, the American Telemedicine Association said in a report. "For telehealth to be relevant -- and even to be a frontline system itself -- it must be interoperable for ease of use, cost of integration, security and patient/member identification," said Dr. Andrew Watson, president of ATA and vice president of clinical information technology transformation at UPMC.

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4/18/2019

Meditech introduced the Expanse Labor and Delivery solution for its Expanse EHR, which is designed to help clinicians improve care for maternity patients from labor through the postpartum stage. The technology includes labor and delivery status boards with real-time notifications, labor and delivery flowsheets, and fetal monitoring integration, which offers access to information from other fetal monitor systems.

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4/18/2019

The ONC said in a report that hospitals that use Cerner, Epic and Meditech EHR systems used their EHR data the most to inform clinical practice. The ONC used data from the American Hospital Association's IT surveys in its analysis.

4/17/2019

An animal rights organization bought a billboard ad urging President Donald Trump to cut $15 billion from the NIH's budget so that the agency will stop funding biomedical research that involves animals. If the president does the group's bidding, valuable research will grind to a halt and countless people -- as well as dogs and cats -- will die of otherwise treatable diseases, writes FBR President Matthew R. Bailey.

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