When is the last time you had an experience as a consumer worse than trying to schedule an appointment at your doctor's office?  You can wasted time imageonly secure an appointment by phone.  During business hours.  And generally have to endure a convoluted IVR system and a long "call hold" times before speaking with anyone.  Then after another 5-10 minutes, you will be lucky to find a mutually agreeable time.

BDC AdvisorsDeveloping effective payer-provider partnerships is a strategic priority for many health systems. With the ACA healthcare reform rolling out, the healthcare industry is being challenged in ways far beyond the changes directly outlined in the healthcare reform bill.   Fee for service will be replaced for payments based on the quality and level of service provided.

Hospitals & Health Networks has just released this year’s list of ‘most wired’ hospitals, which takes into account hospitals that use information technology to achieve optimum performance. According to Healthcare IT News, the survey found:

The recent National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics (NCVHS) testimony by key industry stakeholders demonstrated again how much we are all in agreement on critical points: we need an ICD-10 implementation date that’s certain (not a “maybe next year”), adequate end-to-end testing must happen soon for successful implementation, costs for some smaller practices and organizations may be insurmountable, resources are being lost or diverted, many physicians are disengaging, and credibility of many in a position of authority has gone right out the window. 

I recently saw an older document from an EHR vendor that outlined some reasons why a doctor should take part in meaningful use stage 2. They suggested that meaningful use stage 2 would save our healthcare system money, save doctors’ and hospitals’ time and save lives. All of these are noble goals worthy of consideration. If meaningful use could achieve this triple aim, then I think every doctor and healthcare organization would happily hop on this new triple aim.

Group health plans with 50 or more participants, including self-insured plans, must be able to conduct electronic transactions in accordance with HHS standards and operating rules. One of the more challenging aspects of the electronic transaction rules has been the transition to the new International Classification of Diseases, 10th Revision (ICD-10) codes for health claims. Read the source article at National Law Review

Depending on your perspective, there’s some good news and some bad news for healthcare providers and patients who rely on Medicare for their financial and physical health: cost cutting measures encouraged by the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the transition to pay-for-performance reimbursement, and slower growth of overall healthcare spending means that the nation’s largest payer has extended its shelf life.  The main hospital insurance

The process of constructing codes in ICD-10-PCS is designed to be logical and consistent: individual letters and numbers called "values" are selected in sequence to occupy the seven spaces of the code, called "characters. " In ICD-10-PCS sections 0 through F, the fourth character defines the body part, body system, body region, or treatment site – i.e., the specific anatomical site where the procedure or service is performed.