Coding Leadership Resource Guide: Promoting a Culture of Compliance

Gloryanne Bryant, RHIA, CDIP, CCS, CCDS CMS Leave a Comment

Clinical or Medical Coding takes place across all settings in healthcare. Here in the United States, our healthcare system (industry) is extremely dependent upon the coding process and the selected codes for compliant billing and reimbursement. Those individuals in a management role must exude leadership, partnered with compliance in order to achieve the level of...

7 Points of Focus When Your Revenue Cycle Metric is Low

Heather Chartier, MS, RHIA, CCA Revenue Cycle Leave a Comment

Metrics represent values to measure an organization’s strategy. Leaders should understand that metrics cannot replace strategy. It can lead to behaviors that undermine the very strategy the metrics expect to measure, resulting in negative consequences for all. Remember the severe negative repercussions the banking giant, Wells Fargo experienced when it aggressively pushed...

Capturing and Integrating Social Determinants of Health for EHR

Heather Chartier, MS, RHIA, CCA EMR Leave a Comment

Social Determinants of Health: Everyone's Challenge and Benefit Concurrent with a refined focus on Social Determinants of Health, the benefit of using electronic health records for managing the health of populations as well as individuals has garnered attention. With the implementation of provisions of the ONC’s Cures Act Final Rule, patients, providers, health systems,...

7 Signs Your Cancer Registry is Performing Well

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

The cancer registry network is a powerful resource in oncology healthcare. The connections and relationships with members of the cancer care team are a valuable source of knowledge and provide many opportunities for resource-sharing and growth. The cancer registry should never be maintained solely for the purpose of meeting minimum reporting requirements. Instead, it...

Oncology Quality Studies: Study Conduct and Data Collection (Part 4)

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

In this fourth installment of our series on oncology quality studies we will talk about conducting the study according to the planned methodology or quality measures and how to organize the data collection process. The methodology is the roadmap, or strategy, that describes the way the study is to be conducted and identifies the methods to be used during the process. The...

MRA's Commitment to Health and Wellness

Maddie Tein Health and Wellness 1 Comment

    MRA is devoting itself to the pursuit of Health and Wellness within our communities. In late June, the CDC released a study revealing that 2 in every 5 American adults are currently struggling with mental health or substance use.  In fact, the study confirmed that “Overall, 40.9% of respondents reported having at least one adverse mental or behavioral health...

Documentation Management in Support of the Electronic Health Record

C. Matheson, RHIA, CCS Outsourcing Leave a Comment

Electronic Health Records (EHRs) continue to change the landscape of healthcare.  Although the technology and workflow of electronic documentation seems to make paper documents obsolete, a hybrid medical record exists in many healthcare settings.  Organizations need to determine which paper documents to include with the EHR, access to that documentation and when to...

Insight into Coding Diabetic Eye Conditions

C. Matheson, RHIA, CCS Outsourcing Leave a Comment

  There are a variety of conditions that can impact individuals with diabetes.  People with diabetes are at greater risk for developing eye problems that could lead to blindness or serious deterioration of sight.  Age also plays a role in the progression of eye disease in individuals with diabetes.  Cataracts, glaucoma and retinopathy are the most common eye diseases that...

The Evolving Landscape for Health Information Management

C. Matheson, RHIA, CCS Outsourcing Leave a Comment

What are the most significant challenges for Health Information Management (HIM) departments?  One of the challenges in 2016 includes the disappearing HIM department; physical downsizing as well as workforce downsizing.  With the workforce downsizing we see technology impacting traditional roles for transcriptionists, documentation specialists and coders. HIM...

Best Practices to Meet Cancer Registry Reporting Deadline

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

Cancer registries are legislatively mandated to collect confidential data on tumor characteristics, monitor cancer trends, aid in epidemiologic research, and collect quality cancer data elements. Abstracting Timeliness and what this means to you: Abstracting timeliness entails the completion of all analytic cases within six months from the date of initial diagnosis must...

Cost, Efficiency And Expertise Challenges For Health Information Management Today And In the Future

C. Matheson, RHIA, CCS Outsourcing Leave a Comment

The Growth In HIM Roles In just 10 short years, the times have changed and with those changes the challenges facing today’s healthcare organizations are impacted by the speed of technology and continued decreasing revenue margins. When we think back to Health Information Management (HIM) Departments a decade ago, we were focused on managing a medical record that was...

Shared Risk: 3 HIM Challenges and Solutions

Charlie Saponaro - CEO Outsourcing Leave a Comment

In a previous post, I discussed the healthcare industry’s transition from a volume-based reimbursement system toward a model that is quality driven.  How can organizations ensure that they’ll succeed in this increasingly pay-for-performance environment? One way is to explore shared-risk contracts in non-revenue generating areas of the hospital.  shared risk model allows...

AHIMA 30-day Recap: HIM Trends to Watch

C. Matheson, RHIA, CCS HIM Leave a Comment

This past September, I had the privilege of attending the AHIMA annual convention in New Orleans. I was particularly looking forward to presentations on information governance and ICD-10. Not only was I able to learn more about both of these important topics, but I also learned about several other initiatives that will surely affect the HIM profession going forward. ...

7 Questions For Vendor Relationships In ICD-10

C. Matheson, RHIA, CCS Auditing Leave a Comment

The following Latin proverb seems to be particularly relevant in light of ICD-10: “Times change, and we change with them.” By now, ICD-10 has spurred many changes in technology, templates, coding, documentation, and more. However, to be truly successful, organizations must look beyond their HIM internal processes and ask this question: Must the organization’s relationship...

Why Shared Risk Vendor Partnerships Are Good For HIM

Charlie Saponaro - CEO Outsourcing Leave a Comment

In today’s value-based healthcare marketplace, pay-for-performance initiatives are everywhere you look. There’s the CMS Hospital Value-Based Purchasing program, the Physician Quality Reporting Program, public quality reporting websites (e.g., HealthGrades® and Hospital Compare), the proliferation of Accountable Care Organizations (ACO) nationwide, and Meaningful Use....

How Can Your Organization Make The Most of The HIM Roles of Tomorrow?

Charlie Saponaro - CEO Leadership Leave a Comment

Health Information Management Professionals Thirty years ago, an HIM professional often worked in a windowless basement of a hospital sorting through piles of paper records, filing loose forms, and flipping through a rolodex-style master patient index (MPI). Employers looked for individuals who could alphabetize and organize. The HIM profession was largely unknown within...

Why it’s important to seize new opportunities in HIM

C. Matheson, RHIA, CCS Compliance Leave a Comment

Each of us has the power to change our lives as well as the lives of those around us. This is the theme of a recent article I read by Jeff Haden titled 19 Things Remarkable People Think Every Day. The article, which was published on Inc.com, includes a lot of salient points that are relevant to HIM professionals. My favorite point that Haden mentions in the article is,...

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,...

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....

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 /...

Word of Caution for Hospital CFOs

Charlie Saponaro - CEO Leadership Leave a Comment

Ignore HIM at Your Own Risk Medical records are going electronic at record-breaking speed. Spurred by meaningful use incentives, EHRs are being rapidly installed and core HIM functions quickly automated. Many HIM functions are already outsourced and hospital leaders plan to offload even more HIM tasks in the year ahead. For example, a recent survey of 650 hospital...

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