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MACRA: A Quick Study Guideline

The importance of learning and researching the details of MACRA cannot be overstated, especially since the topic is unknown to many healthcare entities. EDITOR’S NOTE: At the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) 2017 Convention and Exhibit, significant attention was given to the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA). The following is a summary […]

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Does a CDI Program Improve Physician Engagement?

Last month, the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) released a practice brief titled “Impact of Physician Engagement on Clinical Documentation Improvement Programs.” The brief contains some extremely valid and interesting points. Genuine, consistent physician engagement is essential for any clinical documentation improvement program meant to achieve scale and long-term sustainability. The practice brief starts […]

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Succeeding in an ICD-10 World: A Peek Inside the New Issue of the AHIMA Journal

In the ICD-9 era, there were universally accepted benchmarks to measure coding professionals’ productivity. Now, more than 18 months after the ICD-10 implementation date, the challenge is to do the same for the new coding system. The article, “Coding Checkup,” in the June issue of the Journal of AHIMA, addresses this issue and provides direct […]

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Information Governance, Informatics Are Top Priorities For AHIMA

As the healthcare industry transitions from fee-for-service to value-based care, health information professionals are on the frontlines of these momentous changes helping clinicians leverage technology to achieve better patient outcomes while reducing costs. The American Health Information Management Association’s mission is to advance data analytics, informatics, and information governance in support of these goals. AHIMA, […]

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Computer Assisted Coding: An Auditor’s Findings

The use of computer-assisted coding (also known as CAC) software is becoming more widespread in the coding industry, particularly in the coding of inpatient claims. It’s not a surprising trend, really, given the many known benefits of implementing a CAC system. Computer-assisted coding software helps streamline the coding workflow, reducing backlogs by increasing productivity. Specifically, […]

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AHIMA Identifies 5 Recurrent Mistakes In ICD-10 Coding

As coders grow and mature in their knowledge of and experience with ICD-10, it’s critical hospital administrators recognize best practices and pinpoint coding deficiencies for continued improvement.

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ICD-10 Drives Down Hospital Coder Productivity

The ICD-10 transition is negatively impacting inpatient and outpatient coder productivity at hospitals of all sizes and types, according to survey results from healthcare outsourcing vendor HIMagine Solutions Inc.

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Are Practices More Ready for ICD-10 Than They Realize?

Recent survey results from the Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI) seem dire for physician practices, but the numbers may not tell the whole story.

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Ditching Dual Coding—Time to Focus in on ICD-10

Forget about dual coding? With ICD-10-CM/PCS implementation still months away, that might sound impossible. But that’s the strategy the health information management department at Baystate Health has deployed when it comes to preparing for ICD-10 implementation.

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Senate Passes Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act 92 to 8 – Avoids Payment Cuts

Closing in on two hours before the midnight deadline, the U.S. Senate on Tuesday April 14th, 2015 passed the bill in a vote of 92 to 8 to permanently end the sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula that threatened to cut physician Medicare reimbursement by 21 percent.

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AHIMA Responds to Concerns Over ICD-10 Contingency Plans

Concerns from a coalition of medical and professional organizations that CMS’ lack of contingency plans for the ICD-10 transition are understandable but unfounded, according to the American Health Information Management Association, HealthLeaders Media reports (Commins, HealthLeaders Media, 3/9).

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How To Tell If ICD-10 Implementation Will Be Delayed Again

While Tuesday’s election was important for many reasons, none of them have a direct impact on the ICD-10 debate.

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AHIMA Releases Helpful ICD-10-CM/PCS Documentation Tips for the Industry

We are hearing lots about ICD-10-CM/PCS (International Classification of Diseases, 10th revisions, Clinical Modification/Procedure Coding System) documentation needs.

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How ICD-10’s Latest Delay Affects Students

“There are no more delays and the system will go live Oct. 1. Let’s face it guys, we’ve delayed it several times, and it’s time to move on.” — CMS Administrator Marylin Tavenner.

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CMS Intentions For ICD-10 Draw Kudos

A new ICD-10 deadline is almost upon the healthcare industry.

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Date of ICD-10 Switch Still Uncertain

Congress’s move to delay by at least a year the switch to ICD-10 has thrown a monkey wrench into the many providers’ plans for moving to the new coding system.

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