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…
EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the final installment of a two-part series that examines episodes of care as healthcare payment model. Part I was published on July 19, 2016. The financing of healthcare is rapidly changing in this country. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has introduced a wide array…
The changing clinical indicators for sepsis have ignited a firestorm of debate at all levels of the healthcare industry. This month’s column provides a quick review of the changes and identifies three primary impacts to clinical coding as the new guidelines phase in.Comparing sepsis indicatorsThe existing clinical indicators we have…
EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the first in a two-part series that examines episodes of care as healthcare payment model. Part II will be published on July 26, 2016.The financing of healthcare is rapidly changing in this country. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has introduced a wide array…
June 13–19, Men’s National Health Week, is set aside to shine a light on the topic of men’s health. While there is obviously an overlap between conditions that impact men and women, there are a number of conditions that are specific to men and specific to women.To try to understand…
Laurie McBriertyDee LangHolly LouieGeorge V. Vancore, Jr. Preliminary reports indicate that more than 1,200 healthcare professionals have registered to attend the upcoming special edition broadcast of the industry’s first coding summit scheduled for Thursday, May 19. The live broadcast will feature George V. Vancore, Jr., senior manager and systems integrator and business…
The recent ransomware attack on MedStar Health, located in the Washington, D.C./Baltimore area and comprised of 10 area hospitals, is another indication of the current vulnerability of our nation’s medical records. In fact, cyber-invasions represent the fastest-growing threat to clinical information security, according to the FBI.  Ransomware affects organizations through the…
IBM predicted 2015 to be the year of healthcare breaches. In IBM’s 2016 Cyber Security Intelligence Index, it appears the prophecy came true, with the healthcare industry shooting to the top of the list of industries experiencing successful cyberattacks in 2015. Two key takeaways from the report include that cybercriminals…
Laurie McBriertyDee LangHolly LouieWith industry reports indicating that ICD-10 and the DRG shift are likely to cost healthcare organizations approximately one-third of their net revenue from the impact on denied claims, ICD10monitor is producing a live special edition broadcast of healthcare’s first coding summit, scheduled for May 19. The announcement was…
The nation’s healthcare industry is expected to experience an influx of new codes when regular updates to ICD-10 resume as of the start of October 2016. But will more codes translate to a better way of doing things? That’s the focus of “Getting Specific: New ICD Codes – Will They…