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Computer Assisted Coding Can’t Replace Competent Coders

Are you familiar with IBM’s supercomputer Watson? IBM’s stated aspiration is to make it “the world’s best diagnostician,” because it can store way more medical information than a human doctor and makes decisions based on evidence, free of cognitive biases. It is consistent, and, according to the company, “given the same inputs, Dr. Watson will […]

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EHR Research: We’re Entering Uncharted Territory

No doubt, electronic health records still are in need of improvement.

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7 ICD-10 Lessons From Cedars-Sinai

In 2011, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles did what many providers were hesitant to do: It decided to tackle ICD-10 as an inevitable change and began its work to transition to the new system.

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Electronic Records May Increase Malpractice Lawsuit Risk

EHRs may reduce medical liability for some errors, but could create new forms of medical liability and expose existing liability issues, says report.

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Why Must CMS Overreach on Rules?

Joseph Goedert Health Data Management Blogs, September 2, 2011 To prove meaningful use of electronic health records, providers must collect, organize and report data culled from certified electronic health records systems showing they that meet certain measures for quality of care. But they don’t send electronic data to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, […]

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Registration open for electronic health records incentives

On Jan. 3, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) opened the registration for the Medicare and Medicaid electronic health record (EHR) incentive programs. It was started in Alaska, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Michigan, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas and broad participation is invited from eligible professionals and eligible hospitals who wish to participate.

In February, the registration will open in California, Missouri, and North Dakota and in other states during the spring and summer of 2011.

“With the start of registration, these landmark programs get underway, and patients, providers, and the nation can begin to enjoy the benefits of widespread adoption of electronic health records,” CMS Administrator Donald Berwick, MD was quoted as saying in the news release. “CMS has many resources available to help providers register and participate, and we look forward to working with eligible professionals and eligible hospitals to facilitate the process, beginning on January 3rd and going forward.”

“It’s time to get connected,” said David Blumenthal, MD, MPP, National Coordinator for Health Information Technology. “ONC and CMS have worked together over many months to prepare for the startup on January 3rd. ONC’s Certified HIT Product List includes more than 130 certified EHR systems or modules and is updated frequently. ONC also has hands-on assistance available across the country through 62 Regional Extension Centers. We look forward to continuing to work with CMS to assist eligible providers in 2011 and future years.”

The news release said that interested providers can acquaint themselves with the programs’ requirements by visiting CMS’ Official Web Site for the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs.

Eligible providers seeking to participate in the Medicaid programs must initiate registration at CMS’…

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Get Paid for EM Visits: How Much ROS Documentation Is Enough?

Caution: Keep enough paperwork on hand to back up EHR.
Transitioning to the world of Electronic Health Records (EHR) can make your coding easier on many levels, but don’t take it for granted. Physicians often fall short in their review of systems (ROS) documentation whether you use paper charts or rely on EHR, but you can […]

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