April 2019

8 hospitals closed so far this year — here’s why

By Ayla Ellison for Becker’s Hospital Review From reimbursement landscape challenges to dwindling patient volumes, many factors lead hospitals to close. Here are the factors that led eight hospitals to close so far this year: 1. Belmont Community Hospital, a 99-bed hospital in Bellaire, Ohio, closed April 5. Hospital officials cited a decline in patient volume as the…

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AMA, UnitedHealthcare propose billing codes for non medical health needs

By Kelly Gooch for Becker’s Hospital Review The American Medical Association and UnitedHealthcare are supporting the development of 23 billing codes related to social determinants of health. The healthcare system lacks a consistent, organized way to capture such non medical needs as food, housing and access to transportation, and incorporate them into individual care plans,…

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Artificial Intelligence and Magical Thinking

By Charles Corfield for nVoq For many physicians alternative/complementary medicine is a sore point, where magical thinking on the part of patients and unproven/false claims by practitioners lead to significant harm (people die or are severely injured). When it comes to AI, physicians, too, may risk succumbing to magical thinking and could benefit from some…

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Guest post: Following ethical CDI practices

By Cathy Farraher, RN, MBA, CCM, CCDS for ACDIS CDI Blog Ethics. My favorite topic! Being a hopelessly optimistic and naïve person, I am often surprised by unethical behavior. I have seen it in management and employees alike, and it always comes as a shock. Once I have identified this behavior in an individual, they…

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Revenue cycle: Metrics to master, mistakes to avoid

By Susan Morse for Healthcare Finance The focus on electronic health record implementation has turned to how to make use of the vast data stored within to improve revenue cycle operations. “These EHRs capture so much data. The trick is translating that data into information,” said Cynthia Sikina, vice president of Financial Services with consulting…

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