February 22, 2016

Data is What You Make It

Joseph Nichols, MD Old habits die hard – but hopefully, not too hard. That’s one way to summarize a recently published white paper by Joseph C. Nichols, principal of Health Data Consulting. The paper, titled Data Value: Breaking Old Habits, shines a spotlight on the ways the healthcare industry historically…
EDITOR’S NOTE: In this new series, Scot Nemchik and Sabrina Yousfi will identify ICD-10 “coding culprits” and offer practical advice and insights for addressing issues as they arise.  ICD-10 implementation was a hugely important event, but not catastrophic, as some anticipated. For the most part, we in the healthcare industry…
In some quarters of healthcare, 2015 was the year of the big malaise. Although former President Jimmy Carter never actually uttered the word in his July 1979 speech about a “crisis of confidence,” his comments ultimately become known as the “malaise speech.”
The organization representing the healthcare clearinghouse industry has declared the much-anticipated implementation of ICD-10 a “non-event,” according to a statement issued this week. The assessment was based on the Cooperative Exchange’s view that “good ICD-10 planning, education, testing, and industry collaboration” resulted in a smooth transition for most healthcare providers…
When it comes to healthcare I wear many hats that have broadened my perspective on the transformation we are currently experiencing in this industry.   On most days I lead a physician training software company, on others I care for patients as a physician, and in yet others I mentor…
Many say that medicine is both art and science. It draws on the rich traditions of ancient Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans, who recognized the value of keen observation, expert listening skills, and disciplined documentation of findings. Modern-day physicians emerge from years of medical training, residency, and fellowship programs with expertly…
As an integrated healthcare system, Kaiser Permanente is in a unique position when it comes to testing ICD-10. In order to become ICD-10-compliant, the company must test from the position of both a provider (caregiver) and a payer (insurance plan). During the coming months, Kaiser Permanente is targeting to test…