Approximately $230 billion a year in healthcare costs are directly related to illiteracy and the social factors associated with illiteracy. “Illiteracy” is such a broad term. It states a fact, but the underlying causes and far-reaching life and generational impacts are less well-stated.  The problems are hiding in statistics from…
Moving from the inpatient to the outpatient setting is gaining momentum. Outpatient clinical documentation improvement (CDI) programs are becoming more prevalent in the healthcare sector, as the value and benefit to the revenue cycle have become readily apparent. Consulting companies are developing service lines and software to grow their position…
Congress can’t seem to resist tinkering with healthcare through legislation. EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is a lightly edited transcript of remarks made by the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) Vice President of Congressional Affairs Leslie Krigstein during last week’s edition of Talk Ten Tuesdays. As the sultry D.C.…
Live reporting from the 2016 national convention of the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) continues today on Talk Ten Tuesdays, the weekly Internet radio program produced by ICD10monitor.In addition to the long-running regularly scheduled Talk Ten Tuesdays broadcast heard at 10 a.m. EST, two other broadcasts will air today, with…
EDITOR’S NOTE: National Hispanic Heritage Month runs from Sept. 15 through Oct. 15. In recognizing the healthcare contributions of Hispanics, ICD10monitor reached out to Andres Jimenez, MD. His story follows, as told to Chuck Buck.He naturally considered being a physician. His father was a surgeon in the Republic of Colombia…
EDITOR’S NOTE: During a recent Talk Ten Tuesday broadcast, listeners were asked “what percent of your claims are downgraded by third-party payers?” Downgrading by third-party payers occurs when the hospital-billed DRG is changed upon review by health insurance auditors to a lower-paying DRG. The majority of those who responded, over 51 percent,…
There were no reports of major collisions on the I-10 Thursday, Oct. 1. Computer systems failed to crash and everything was pretty much business as usual for America’s healthcare system on a day some once thought might lead to a year of calamity. It didn’t happen. Remarkable for its absence of…
EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the second piece in a series of articles on the issue of burnout among healthcare professionals – a problem leading medical experts say is not only increasing in prevalence, but also intensity. During the coming month, several of these experts will be making appearances on Talk-Ten-Tuesdays, the…
EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the second in a series of articles on the issue of burnout among physicians – a problem leading medical experts say is not only increasing in prevalence, but also intensity. During the coming month, several of these experts will be making appearances on Talk-Ten-Tuesdays, the weekly Internet…
EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the first in a series of articles on the issue of burnout among physicians – a problem leading medical experts say is not only increasing in prevalence, but also intensity. During the coming month, several of these experts will be making appearances on Talk Ten Tuesdays, the…
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