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Four Steps to Prepare for Meaningful Use Stage 3

Posted by Bruce Eckert, MBA, CPHIMS, FHIMSS, National Practice Director on Mar 4, 2015 8:55:00 AM

Roadsign_14While a collective sigh of relief was shared upon hearing the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) announcement to reduce Meaningful Use’s full-year reporting period to 90 days, the pause will be brief as Stage 3’s hurdles are just around the corner. Unfortunately, the proposed Stage 3 mandates present many of the same obstacles, such as limited implementation time, that organizations are coping with now to meet Stage 2. The good news is if your organization used an electronic health record (EHR) in 2015, there is still time to successfully attest to Meaningful Use Stages 2 to avoid significant future financial losses. 

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Topics: Meaningful Use, Meaningful Use Stage 2, Meaningful Use Stage 3

Leveraging Technology to Achieve Successful Patient Engagement

Posted by Marcia Peterson, National Practice Director, and Bryan Straz, Consultant on Mar 2, 2015 1:18:00 PM

Family_computerMeeting Meaningful Use requirements and population health management benchmarks demand increasing patient engagement to improve care quality outcomes and achieve revenue goals. Patient engagement strategies have also been shown to reduce costs by up to 21 percent, according to a Journal of Information Management study.

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Topics: Patient Engagement

It’s Time to Move Full Speed Ahead with ICD-10

Posted by Craig Greenberg, CMPE, National Practice Director, Advisory Services on Feb 19, 2015 8:51:00 AM

are_you_ready_doctor_tablet“Are we there yet?” has been the nagging, never-ending question asked during the years-long ride to ICD-10 implementation. While other developed countries transitioned to the code set as early as 1998, the day of reckoning appears to finally be here for the U.S.  While some may be hoping for another delay, a recent report from the Government Accountability Office verified that the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) is ready to move forward with ICD-10. They came to this conclusion after examining the status of CMS’ activities to support healthcare providers and payers, as well as CMS’ own readiness to process claims from providers. 

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Topics: ICD-10

Will Your Outpatient Physician Orders Be Compliant by the ICD-10 Deadline?

Posted by By Yvonne Dawdy, RHIA, MSW, Executive Consultant, Advisory Services on Feb 18, 2015 8:49:00 AM

Doctors_3_jpgImagine waking up on October 1, 2015 to thousands of non-compliant outpatient physician orders simply because they do not contain an ICD-10 code, are still using ICD-9 codes, or involve a handwritten diagnosis with no associated code. Unfortunately, this is a challenge that many healthcare organizations will encounter after the ICD-10 deadline if action is not taken immediately.

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Topics: ICD-10

Elevating Leadership to Drive Healthcare’s Transformation

Posted by Jerry Windle, CHAM, CHAA, Executive Consultant, Advisory Services on Feb 16, 2015 8:46:00 AM

healthcare_restructuring_create_a_planOrganizational restructuring and consolidation are becoming increasingly necessary for healthcare organizations to increase efficiencies, reduce costs, and improve patient care. Since restructuring tends to involve a tremendous amount of organizational change, it’s key that your leaders have the skills to identify barriers to progress, minimize staff uncertainty, and create a sense of commitment to change. Evidence-based research shows that a transformational leadership approach enhances employee satisfaction, promotes a positive work environment, and reduces staff turnover.  

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Topics: Mergers and Acquisitions

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