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What to Look Forward to at Epic UGM

What to Look Forward to at Epic UGM Epic Systems’ annual Users’ Group Meeting (UGM) is happening Sept. 19-22, 2016 on Epic’s massive campus. The theme this year is “An Adventure in Wonderland,” so expect to see buildings with furniture on the ceilings. Here are seven things to look forward to at UGM: 1. The… Continue Reading

The State of Coding

The State of Coding By Diane Rivers It’s hard to imagine it’s been nearly one year since ICD-10 implementation finally happened. Even with comprehensive training prior to the new set of 68,000 codes, productivity hasn’t improved. According to a report by The American Health Information Management Association Foundation (AHIMA), coding productivity has fallen at least… Continue Reading

How to Craft a Clear EHR Communication Strategy

CSI – How to Craft a Clear EHR Communication Strategy By Adrianna Iorillo In any successful EHR implementation, you as a leader need to carefully consider how to share information to the various groups of people (e.g. patients, community, non-affected/affected employees and project team) impacted by the change. Creating a tailored EHR communication strategy is… Continue Reading

What to do After a Go-Live

CSI – What to do After a Go-Live By Adrianna Iorillo Getting through the Go-Live is a big step, but it is not the end of the journey. Once the Go-Live is finished, there is still a need to maintain the documentation and training for new and transferred staff, which will help them continue to… Continue Reading

How to Manage a Large EHR Implementation

How to Manage a Large EHR Implementation By Adrianna Iorillo Transitioning from paper to electronic records requires considerable amounts of time, money and expertise. However, a successful EHR implementation can decrease future costs, reduce error and provide better quality care for patients in healthcare facilities. Use these five tips to be successful with a large… Continue Reading

How Oct.1, 2016 Will Affect Providers

How Oct. 1, 2016 Will Affect Providers By Diane Rivers More than 4,000 new ICD-10 codes have been approved by The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for implementation on Oct. 1. The addition of 3,651 inpatient procedure and 1,900 diagnostic codes are proposed to be included in… Continue Reading

Factors and Benefits of Adopting FHIR

Factors and Benefits of Adopting FHIR By Adrianna Iorillo Last month I wrote a piece about why providers should embrace Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR). This time, I will focus on the factors and benefits of adopting FHIR. Key factors for adopting FHIR Interoperability: Practices are already parsing lab, radiology and pharmacy information into the… Continue Reading

Why Providers Should Embrace FHIR

Why Providers Should Embrace FHIR Interoperability, the ability for health information systems to work together within and across organizational boundaries, has been closely associated with Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR). Similar to interoperability, the goal of FHIR is to enable widespread data exchange. FHIR was created by the Health Level Seven International health-care standards organization.… Continue Reading

How the Internet of Things Will Affect Healthcare IT

How the Internet of Things Will Affect Healthcare IT By Adrianna Iorillo According to the Wall Street Daily, five billion devices are hooked up to the Internet of Things (IoT) today and that number is said to increase to 21 billion by 2020. An IoT is any device that can connect to the Internet. “A… Continue Reading

CSI – Tips for Improving Quality of Healthcare Delivery

CSI – Tips for Improving Quality of Healthcare Delivery By Phil Kreighbaum It was not a surprise that value-based care was an extremely hot topic at the annual HIMSS Conference late February into early March.  Over the past 12 years of healthcare revenue cycle work and more specifically, in my time with CSI, I’ve seen… Continue Reading

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