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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

Preparing for Integrating Patient-Generated Data into an EHR

Posted by William van Doornik, RHIA, MS, Executive Consultant, Advisory Services on Feb 5, 2015 1:45:00 PM

PGD_WebinarPatient portals, mobile apps, secure text messaging, and email are increasing collaboration between providers and patients in new ways. Meaningful Use Stage 3 proposed requirements will likely be a driving force in determining how patient generated data (PGD) will be interpreted, used, and integrated into electronic health records (EHRs). Considering that 70 to 90 percent of diagnoses can be determined by a health history alone, innovations that encourage use of PGD will continue to emerge as organizations focus on achieving high quality care outcomes to obtain reimbursement.

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Topics: IT Strategy

How to Minimize Risk During Healthcare Corporate Restructuring

Posted by Jerry Windle, CHAM, CHAA, Executive Consultant, Advisory Services on Jan 21, 2015 9:35:00 AM

As of May 2014, healthcare organizations represent about $125 billion or 20 percent of all U.S. corporate mergers and acquisitions (M&A) proposed or underway, according to a Wall Street Journal article.  The OrgStrategyAffordable Care Act has resulted in millions of new customers for health insurers, as well as the need for healthcare organizations to continue increasing efficiencies to reduce costs and improve care quality. While it is important to protect the revenue stream during mergers and acquisitions, managing human capital objectively and humanely during a corporate restructuring is also essential to create a sustainable, successful enterprise.

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Topics: Mergers and Aquisitions

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