Archive for The Month of June, 2017

Archive for the Month of June, 2017

Welcome to the medical billing blog archive for the month of June, 2017.

Here you will find links to every article added to the Outsource Management Group web site during the month of June, 2017.

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Proposed QPP rule extends reprieve to small practices

The recently issued 2018 proposed rule for the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act’s Quality Payment Program includes a threshold increase that would lessen Merit-based Incentive Payment reporting requirements for small and rural practices, according to Justin Barnes, board advisor at iHealth Innovations. Mr. Barnes shared the following tip with Becker’s Hospital Review. “The proposal extends transition year flexibilities into the 2018 reporting period and introduces bonus points for small practices, 2015 Certified Electronic Health Record Technology use and the care of complex patients. The rule also proposes postponing introduction of the MIPS Cost performance category…   Continue reading this article  

By: Melissa Clark, CCS-P, RT - CEO
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What it Takes for a Successful EHR Implementation

In a recent article in Harvard Business Review, the former CEO of the Permanente Medical Group Robert M. Pearl, MD relayed his experiences installing an Epic EHR system ten years ago and the factors responsible for a successful EHR implementation. Despite the hefty cost of implementation — in the area of $4 billion — the EHR system quickly proved beneficial in delivering more efficient, accurate patient care because of the right approach, according to the now Chairman of the Council of Accountable Physician Practices. However, not all physicians have such a positive experience. Many remain skeptical the advantages of EHR implementation outweigh the costs and administrative strain. Several Boston physicians

By: Melissa Clark, CCS-P, RT - CEO
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RCM tip of the day: Start by starting

When seeking to improve revenue cycle management, healthcare organizations should develop a specific plan for each initiative, according to Jim Denny, president and CEO of Navicure. Mr. Denny shared the following tip with Becker’s Hospital Review. “Despite new and ongoing revenue cycle burdens, the real key to making improvements is to start by starting. I always remind our clients to develop a list of needed initiatives for the current year, as well as upcoming years, and approach one or only a few top priority initiatives at a time. For example, if your organization’s days in accounts receivable are through the roof, start by leveraging a data analytics tool to understand

By: Melissa Clark, CCS-P, RT - CEO
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How to Collaborate for EHR Usability

The number of health IT developers and products has increased significantly as a result of federal incentives for EHR adoption but correlates with the rise of provider dissatisfaction with the usability of these systems. What providers expect from their EHR systems and what health IT developers deliver have proved not to be one in the same. This disconnect points to the need for the latter to focus on the needs of the former and deliver EHR technology that is user-centered. Therefore, collaboration between health IT developers and clinical end-users is key to ensuring EHR systems are user-friendly in an industry rapidly adopting new technologies year after year to tackle new

By: Melissa Clark, CCS-P, RT - CEO
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Cybersecurity Taskforce Issues EHR Security Recommendations

A healthcare industry cybersecurity taskforce recently submitted a report to Congress analyzing and addressing various issues with healthcare security including problems unique to EHR technology. The task force was initially convened in March of 2016 by HHS and consisted of members representing organizations ranging from hospitals to pharmaceutical companies. Throughout the year, taskforce members shared information regarding cybersecurity best practices, trends, threats, and general concerns regarding health IT safety. The task force also posted blogs encouraging the public to submit feedback and present ideas the taskforce could draw from when addressing requirements of the Cybersecurity Act of 2015. Ultimately, the taskforce devised the following six imperatives to increase current levels

By: Melissa Clark, CCS-P, RT - CEO
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Configuring a chargemaster for medical services

Configuring a chargemaster for medical services is like constructing a building. The more complex the building (or medical services), the more planning, skill, and manpower needed to do the job. The chargemaster of a primary hospital will be different from a tertiary hospital with more acute specialty services. The volume of services rendered gives an estimate of the volume of chargemaster transactions, while the variety and complexity of services rendered gives an idea of the resources needed. Dedicated training, level of expertise, attention to details, and the skill of the chargemaster team determine a successful outcome. The Basics 1. Know your payers and its policies (i.e. what Medicare Jurisdiction the

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