Around this time every year, HIMSS and its analytics team begin to release a barrage of materials to support its message initiatives of the annual HIMSS conference and tradeshow. As such, 2017 being no different, HIMSS Analytics recently released its “Essentials Brief,” the 2016 Year in Review and 2017 through 2018 HIT Demand Forecasts. [cont...]
Policy and Regulation
According to U.S. News & World Report the benefits of telemedicine include: convenience, cost efficiency and less time in the waiting room. The three most common downsides are: electronic glitches, physician resistance and inadequate assessment where certain nonverbal cues might get missed. [cont...]
The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) has issued an encyclopedia-sized document (eight pages, actually) as public comment to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). In the tome, CHIME strongly requests of the feds several actions on potentially major developments, including meaningful use, on MACRA and on the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and Alternative Payment Model (APM). [cont...]
If you've ever been on the billing and coding side of a medical practice, chances are you've heard a version of this question: "what do we call this for billing?" On the other hand, during peer-to-peer conversations, healthcare practitioners seem to explain clinical scenarios very well. What happens in this daily process that converts such a detailed description into something like "unspecified abdominal pain”?
We decided to dig a little deeper into the forces behind the transition to ICD-10. Not surprisingly, one of the largest proponents of the new codes were government organizations. However, non-governmental organizations like insurance companies, patient advocacy groups, and health information technology associations also played a large role in the shift. Let's take a look.
Businessman Donald J. Trump did something no one expected of him: He became President-elect Donald J. Trump.
For most of the world, Trump’s win was a shock. Now he’s going about his time building a cabinet, setting forth his presidential agenda and making plants for what he hopes to accomplish in the next four years. [cont...]
Will we ever truly care about health data exchange? Will exchanging information easily and securely ever really be a major issue for those in healthcare that could actually handle such a task? Ideally, the answer is yes. Electronic health records partly owe their success to such promises. But, according to the recent data, physician practices “struggle” with health data exchange. [cont...]
Not sure KLAS research needs to tell us this, but electronic health records are not interoperabile. That said, the firm’s most recent report has received significant enough coverage to merit its findings newsworthy, so we get into it here. According to the report, most healthcare providers say they agree that more work needs to be done to achieve impactful record exchange. [cont...]