CMS pledging improved healthcare quality and expanded access for patients. The release of the Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) proposed rule for the 2020 fiscal year came with a bit of branding. “Rethinking Rural Health” and “Unleashing Innovations” were the two catchy slogans unveiled by the Centers for Medicare &…
Healthcare IT executives are monitoring interoperability decisions. EDITOR’S NOTE:  At press time, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced it is extending the public comment period by 30 days for two proposed regulations aimed at promoting the interoperability of health information technology (health IT).  The government is…
April showers bring social determinants of health flowers The showers of April have brought a burst of blooms in the Social Determinants of Health (SDoH) reimbursement garden. First, the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released its 2020 rate sheet. As expected by the industry, Medicare Advantage and Part…
‘Déjà vu’ is a French term describing the feeling that one has lived through the present situation before.  For most health information management (HIM) professionals, many aspects of risk-adjusted coding might give rise to the phenomenon, at least as it pertains to diagnosis-related groups (DRGs)! The pandemonium regarding documentation coding…
National healthcare entities are teaming up and speaking out on how to make healthcare better. EDITOR’S NOTE: The following was discussed by Nachimson during last Tuesday’s Talk Ten Tuesdays live broadcast. There are two major and complementary rules to advance interoperability being proposed by U.S. Department of Health and Human…
New strategy holds promise for future extensions of this technology.A medical practice can now bill and collect for a specific telehealth service without the strict rules of the originating sites being outside of a Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) or in a rural Health Professional Shortage Area (HSPA) located in a…
As the provision of healthcare changes, so too must clinical documentation improvement. I have always been convinced of the strong capabilities of current clinical documentation integrity (CDI) initiatives to achieve tremendous improvement in the completeness and quality of documentation and communication of patient care in the electronic health record. Today’s…
Confusion persists in understanding the definition of the two visits. We created a lot of buzz the past two weeks on our Talk Ten Tuesday broadcast an article on new versus established patient visits: so much, in fact, it was hard to keep up with all the email feedback, which…
HAC coding impacts hospital financial performance. Hospital-acquired conditions (HACs) have been reported on hospital claims since FY 2008. Payments to hospitals ranking in the lowest-performing quartile were adjusted by 1-percent reductions beginning Oct. 1, 2014. This program is known as the Hospital-Acquired Conditions Reduction Program, and it is part of…
CMS and ONC get serious about interoperability during HIMSS.During the HIMSS 19 conference in Orlando last week, the heads of the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) for Health Information Technology and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) took extraordinary steps by discussing the content of two proposed…