Not All Remote Coding Opportunities Are the Same

C. Matheson, RHIA, CCS Careers 1 Comment

Medical Coding Contract Jobs Remote coding job opportunities have increased significantly over the last several years, and these opportunities show no signs of slowing down. The number of all professionals who work remotely (including those in the medical and health sector) grew by 118% last year, according to an analysis by FlexJobs. Those specifically in the medical and...

Understanding the Functions of Different Chemotherapy Agents

Suzanne Neve, RHIA, CTR - Director, Cancer Registry Oncology 1 Comment

Chemotherapy is one of many treatment options for patients with cancer. This form of therapy uses chemical agents (i.e., anti-cancer or cytotoxic drugs) that interact with cancer cells to eradicate or control the growth of cancer. Common alternative forms of treatment include surgery to remove all or a portion of a tumor as well as radiation therapy, hormone therapy, and...

Top 3 Reasons to Implement an Outpatient CDI Program

C. Matheson, RHIA, CCS Auditing 1 Comment

Although CDI programs have typically been implemented in the inpatient setting, many organizations are beginning to turn their attention toward outpatient documentation as well. That’s because many of the same documentation deficiencies occur in both settings. Poor outpatient documentation—particularly in the emergency department (ED) record—can also affect inpatient code...

HIM Outsourcing—When is it a Good Idea?

Charlie Saponaro - CEO Revenue Cycle 1 Comment

HIM Outsourcing Our industry’s transition to EHRs has opened new doors for health information management (HIM). HIM’s operational areas have become more specialized than ever. The result? Many healthcare executives are now able to reduce expenses, reallocate staff and free up space through centralization and remote workers. According to a recent HealthLeaders CFO Forum,...

Coders, Use Those Resources

Cathie Wilde, RHIA, CCS - Director, Coding Services Medical Coding 1 Comment

In today’s electronic world, coders have a variety of technology tools to make their jobs easier. These applications boost coder productivity while also improving code quality and accuracy. With the inevitable implementation of ICD-10, the reliance on coding technology will become even more prevalent—and important. Here are key coding resources every coder should be aware...

Spurring Innovation in HIM

C. Matheson, RHIA, CCS HIM Leave a Comment

Jack and Suzy Welch suggest that most of us are confused about innovation. They state, “You’re getting innovation all wrong. Innovation is a series of little steps that cumulatively lead up to a big deal that changes the game.” When it comes to HIM and EHRs, I believe they are absolutely correct. The EHR was “a big deal that changed the game” for healthcare providers....

Quality Improvement Meets Oncology

Suzanne Neve, RHIA, CTR - Director, Cancer Registry Oncology Leave a Comment

Why QOPI Programs Matter Quality Oncology Practice Initiative programs are designed for hematology-oncology physician-based practices. Strictly voluntary, QOPI programs provide a valuable tool to assess current practice standards. QOPI Methods and Measurement Chart abstraction is performed twice a year, spring and fall, and covers a five week period. During this...

HIM Shifts Ahead: 3 Trends for Revenue Cycle to Know

Charlie Saponaro - CEO AHIMA Leave a Comment

The shift in roles, responsibilities and reporting structures for Health Information Management (HIM) professionals is top of mind for healthcare revenue cycle and finance executives as we enter 2015. What lies ahead for HIM and their relationship to revenue cycle? Here are three trends for healthcare finance executives to consider. 1. Shift Coding to Revenue Cycle /...

Navigation in a Hybrid Environment

C. Matheson, RHIA, CCS EMR Leave a Comment

Ann Dooley, RHIA, Director of Disclosure Management The iPhone 6 was released a couple weeks ago and Apple lovers around the world rejoiced. The new model includes advanced technology and improvements to the last version. But there’s a problem. The iPhone is breaking in half, partly because of how it’s being used and cared for. Similar to the iPhone challenge is the...

Changing Roles for Coding Professionals

C. Matheson, RHIA, CCS CDI Leave a Comment

Role changes are on the horizon for coding professionals. With the implementation of Computer Assisted Coding (CAC), ICD-10 and Hospital Value-based Purchasing (HVBP), clinical coding will take on different forms and new responsibilities. Traditional coding careers may transition to auditors, data analysts or even clinical documentation improvement / integrity specialists...

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