Building on MRA’s Revenue Cycle and HIM Strength – Mike Hodgson Joins the Senior Management Team

C. Matheson, RHIA, CCS 1 Comment

MRA is known for delivering operational efficiency, service excellence to organizational integration to HIM, Compliance and Cancer Registry areas in healthcare organizations. MRA continues to drive expansion by adding Mike Hodgson to the Senior Management team as Executive Vice President, Sales and Marketing. Mike Hodgson has served in various executive positions...

The Ultimate List of Cancer Registry Resources for 2021

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

Working in cancer registry is a tough job. Most hospitals see a diverse patient population. A registrar needs to  accurately summarize each cancer patient’s history, diagnosis, treatment, and health status while following mandated guidelines. This requires analyzing and synthesizing information from many different resources. Registrars provide critical data that is used...

Back to the Basics: How to Do an Internal Coding Audit

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

Internal coding audits are an important tool in any hospital’s compliance program. They illuminate potential areas for corrections prior to scrutiny by payers and regulators, which can help reduce payer denials and protect revenue. Additionally, performing regular, ongoing internal auditing can improve clinical documentation and coding initiatives, enhance data...

8 Facts To Get Your Team Ready For a Successful Coding Audit

C. Matheson, RHIA, CCS Auditing Leave a Comment

Simply mentioning a coding audit sends a shiver up a coder’s spine. The thought of scrutinizing their coding quality, as they strive to balance quality and productivity, can bring dread to even the most seasoned coder. But conducting internal or external coding audits are an important part of ensuring quality and regulatory compliance for hospitals and health systems....

Why Pro-Fee Coding Is the Next Great Risk to Your Revenue

C. Matheson, RHIA, CCS Profee Coding Leave a Comment

  As we discussed last week, over the past decade, there has been a tremendous amount of consolidation in healthcare. For hospital-owned physician practices specifically, we have seen the number  rise from 35,700 in July 2012 to 80,000 in January 2018. Over the same period, there was over a 70 percent increase in the number of physicians employed by hospitals or health...

Due Diligence: 2 Ways Outsourcing Medical Coding Helps Your Hospital

C. Matheson, RHIA, CCS Outsourcing Leave a Comment

One of the key trends to emerge from last month’s JP Morgan Healthcare Conference was the shifting mindsets of hospitals. For the last decade, hospitals have had a defensive mindset; acquiring or merging with smaller hospitals and physician practices to outpace their competitors and grow top line revenue. But to receive the full payoff of this consolidation, hospitals...

Best Practices for Coding Audits: Recommendations, Best Practices, and Common Pitfalls

Charlie Saponaro - CEO Medical Coding Leave a Comment

In coding, like most every other area of life, there is not one solution for every organization’s potential problems. Coding is an ever-expanding area of focus for most every healthcare organization, and nearly every health system and the facility has or is making substantial investments in coding staffs and making these departments more robust. There are hurdles and...

Preparing For the Upcoming Cancer Registry Changes: Time Is Short, but Support is Available

Susan Mackenzie Cancer Registry 1 Comment

Preparing For the Upcoming Cancer Registry Changes: Time Is Short, but Support is Available By Susan Mackenzie, MRA For those of us working in the cancer registry profession, you are likely very much aware of the significant changes upon us that will dramatically alter the way we work and how we collect required data for the registry. The upcoming changes are extensive,...

Back To Basics - Section III. Reporting Additional Diagnoses

Cathie Wilde, RHIA, CCS - Director, Coding Services Medical Coding Leave a Comment

One of the more prominent guidelines found in the ICD-10-CM Official Guidelines for Coding and Reporting is Section III. Reporting Additional Diagnoses but it isn’t always applied appropriately. The guideline states: For reporting purposes the definition for “other diagnoses” is interpreted as additional conditions that affect patient care in terms of requiring: clinical...

2019 Diagnosis Code Changes Have Arrived; Education Is Key to Managing Them

Charlie Saponaro - CEO Leave a Comment

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently published its ICD-10-CM code changes for the fiscal year 2019 that take effect Oct. 1, 2018, and run through Sept. 30, 2019. In this annual update, there are 473 code changes, including 279 new codes, 143 revised codes and 51 de-activated codes. Additionally, 39 other changes were made from the proposed rule. ...

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