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    ICD-10, Meaningful Use and AHIMA How do they all fit together?

    By Joe Bormel, M.D., MPH, for Healthcare Informatics The 83rd annual convention of AHIMA is getting underway as I write this, and with it HIM is at the center of the biggest regulatory reforms in most of our careers, ARRA/MU and ICD-10. At this event, new and evolving approaches to coder’s workflow in the MU era, provenance standards, documentation methodologies incorporating natural language processing…

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    10 Proven Ways to Reduce Hospital Readmissions

    By Jaimie Oh for Becker’s Hospital Review The reasons hospital and health system leaders should be concerned with driving down preventable readmissions are clear. Under healthcare reform, healthcare providers with high levels of preventable readmissions face the potential of losing a portion of their federal payments. The Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program, which is part of CMS’ Inpatient Prospective Payment System, will reduce Medicare reimbursements…

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    Joint Commission Names Top Performing Hospitals

    Written by Rene Letourneau for Healthcare Finance News In its 2011 annual report on quality and safety released Wednesday, The Joint Commission named the 405 best performing hospitals in the United States. For the first time, the report “Improving America’s Hospitals” lists hospitals and critical access hospitals that are top performers in using evidence-based care processes closely linked to positive patient outcomes. [See also:…

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    Physicians Voice Enthusiasm About Digital Dictation

    By Florian Schwiecker for HIT Exchange There’s broad consensus today that automating clinical workflow can help improve patient care and save money. But while many practices are implementing sophisticated EHR systems, their dictation methods haven’t changed much since the 1960s. Many doctors still dictate into analog recorders that have been around since The Beatles’ heyday. Then they ship those tapes off to a transcriptionist,…

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    Talk vs. Type: Taking Another Look at Voice Recognition

    By Marisa Torrieri for Diagnostic Imaging Even if you previously passed on using voice recognition technology, with EHRs and the movement toward integrated healthcare, it might deserve a second look. Like many of his peers who have also practiced medicine for 25 years, family physician Fred Jorgensen doesn’t type as quickly as he can write or speak. So when the medical director for Cleveland-based…

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    CIOs Report on One of Their Busiest Years

    By Michael E Hilts for Health Management Technology Healthcare CIOs have their hands full with meaningful-use missions and other priorities. But their pockets are fuller, too, with a growing compensation and healthy bonuses. One could say that healthcare chief information officers are in their heyday. In fact, times might not get much better, or busier, than they are now or will be for the…

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    Why Meaningful Use Adoption is Slower than Anticipated

    Written by David Lee Scher, MD, FACP, FACC, FESC, FHRS for Healthcare IT News Blog By all accounts, the current status of adoption of EHR in the USA is slower than anticipated by the government. There are multiple reasons both from the mandate side and the provider side. Small practices are finding financial and administrative issues which are stopping them from implementation. These practices…

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    Problem List Guidance in the EHR

    Originally published by AHIMA Problem lists facilitate continuity of patient care by providing a comprehensive and accessible list of patient problems in one place. Problem lists used within health records are a list of illnesses, injuries, and other factors that affect the health of an individual patient, usually identifying the time of occurrence or identification and resolution.1 They are an important communication vehicle used…

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