January 2018

Are You Moving the CDI Needle?

Three questions to consider when evaluating a clinical documentation improvement program. By Lisa A. Eramo, MA for For the Record Review the record. Query the physician. Obtain the diagnosis. Repeat. Does this clinical documentation improvement (CDI) workflow sound familiar? Productivity is the hallmark of a good program. Or is it? On the surface, CDI specialists…

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7 statistics on medical coder salary, growth potential

By Laura Dyrda for Becker’s ASC Review Professional coders are more likely to see compensation increases when they achieve higher credentials, and the percent increase in year-over-year compensation is higher for the most-credentialed individuals, according to the AAPC 2016 Salary Survey. The survey was completed by 9.2 percent of AAPC membership, and 2.2 percent hold…

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Natural language processing tools take aim at value-based care through risk-sharing programs

By Bill Siwicki for Healthcare Finance News Natural language processing technology is being integrated with electronic health records and finding its way into the big data and analytics realms, often focusing on enhancing provider workflow and clinical documentation. And for the last few years, tech vendors including 3M, Apixio, Dolbey Systems, Health Fidelity, Linguamatics and…

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A Call for Victory for HIM Professionals in 2018

For HIM and CDI professionals, 2018 looks to offer a gift of the tremendous opportunity for success. By Bonnie S. Cassidy, MPA, RHIA, FAHIMA, FHIMSS for ICD10 Monitor  For movie buffs, the film Darkest Hour offers a tremendous view into the early days of World War II, when the fate of Western Europe hangs on…

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Loss of net neutrality could slow telehealth access

By Meg Bryant for Healthcare Dive December is a time to reflect on the coming new year and make resolutions for the coming year to enact change. For the federal government, the repeal of net neutrality rules by the Federal Communications Commission was one decision that will continue to create aftershocks in 2018. Net neutrality…

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