All Articles Written by Melissa Clark, CCS-P, RT

All Articles Written by Melissa Clark, CCS-P, RT - President and CEO

Welcome to the archived list of all medical billing articles written and posted to the site by our Chief Executive Officer, Melissa Clark, CCS-P, RT.

All articles are listed below and categorized by date, newest to oldest. Click any article link below to read the entire article.

3 EHR Usability and Optimization Fixes That Address Burnout

“There are many positives associated with EHRs. However, EHR usability is a common negative among EHR users, which leads to clinician burnout. As the calendar flips to 2020, technological advancements in the EHR are key to addressing this epidemic that makes its way around medical facilities throughout the country. According to a study completed in a partnership between the Mayo Clinic and the American Medical Association (AMA), researchers found that EHR usability was largely graded an “F” when evaluated on a traditional letter grade scale, and that failing grade was strongly tied to high clinician burnout scores. “A new study issued today found electronic medical records (EHRs) – as currently

Authored By: Melissa on January 8th, 2020 | No Comments

Cerner’s Learning Health Network to Boost EHR Data Insights

“Cerner recently announced the development of the Cerner Learning Health Network, which is designed to help clinicians more easily use EHR data insights to guide better-informed care.  The tool will automate data collection from EHR systems and other sources to give medical researchers access to information that may improve care delivery.  Cerner will partner with the Duke Clinical Research Institute (DCRI) to pilot the program and improve clinical research registries.  The Learning Registry pilot program at DCRI will leverage Cerner Learning Health Network to evaluate proven therapies for chronic cardiovascular disease. Together, Cerner and DCRI hope to use data and intelligence to give clinicians access to insights on chronic cardiovascular

Authored By: Melissa on August 8th, 2019 | No Comments

21 ICD-10-CM codes deleted for FY 2020

CMS has provided ICD-10-CM coding updates for fiscal year 2020 that include 273 additions 21 deletions and 30 revisions, according to the American Health Information Management Association.   The 21 deletions for the fiscal year beginning Oct. 1, 2019, and ending Sept. 30:   1. D813 Adenosine deaminase [ADA] deficiency 2. H8141 Vertigo of central origin, right ear 3. H8142 Vertigo of central origin, left ear 4. H8143 Vertigo of central origin, bilateral 5. H8149 Vertigo of central origin, unspecified ear 6. I481 Persistent atrial fibrillation 7. I482 Chronic atrial fibrillation 8. Q660 Congenital talipes equinovarus 9. Q661 Congenital talipes calcaneovarus 10. Q6621 Congenital metatarsus primus varus 11. Q6622 Congenital

Authored By: Melissa on July 10th, 2019 | No Comments

Teaching Doctors Have a New Way to Document E/M

Rules are changed for teaching physicians documenting Evaluation and Management (E/M) codes being reported to Medicare July 29, 2019. These changes are part of the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) revamp of E/M payments. This will affect medical coders and billers, especially those working in clinical documentation improvement.   Changes Part of E/M Revamp Effort   The change relaxes the long-standing requirement that teaching physicians re-document information documented by residents and the medical team. This is part of CMS’ response to physicians and facilities’ request to simplify documentation and E/M decision making in general following nation-wide meetings. It also allows teaching physicians to join their non-teaching peers in

Authored By: Melissa on May 13th, 2019 | No Comments

9 Ways to Improve Health IT Interoperability and Patient Data Access

“The Healthcare Leadership Council (HLC) and the Bipartisan Policy Center recently issued a report outlining nine ways the public and private sector can work together to advance health IT interoperability and improve patient data access. Many recommendations included in the report align with newly-released proposed rules from CMS and ONC intended to crack down on information blocking. The report incorporates feedback from more than 100 clinicians and healthcare leaders from hospitals, health systems, health plans, life sciences organizations, health IT companies, and patients gathered in a year-long effort. The report aims to streamline the flow of health information across health IT systems and care settings. “Critical patient information is getting

Authored By: Melissa on May 4th, 2019 | No Comments

3 EHR Usability and Optimization Fixes That Address Burnout

“There are many positives associated with EHRs. However, EHR usability is a common negative among EHR users, which leads to clinician burnout. As the calendar flips to 2020, technological advancements in the EHR are key to addressing this epidemic that makes its way around medical facilities throughout the country. According to a study completed in a partnership between the Mayo Clinic and the American Medical Association (AMA), researchers found that EHR usability was largely graded an “F” when evaluated on a traditional letter grade scale, and that failing grade was strongly tied to high clinician burnout scores. “A new study issued today found electronic medical records (EHRs) – as currently

Mentioned By: Melissa on January 8th, 2020 | No Comments

Cerner’s Learning Health Network to Boost EHR Data Insights

“Cerner recently announced the development of the Cerner Learning Health Network, which is designed to help clinicians more easily use EHR data insights to guide better-informed care.  The tool will automate data collection from EHR systems and other sources to give medical researchers access to information that may improve care delivery.  Cerner will partner with the Duke Clinical Research Institute (DCRI) to pilot the program and improve clinical research registries.  The Learning Registry pilot program at DCRI will leverage Cerner Learning Health Network to evaluate proven therapies for chronic cardiovascular disease. Together, Cerner and DCRI hope to use data and intelligence to give clinicians access to insights on chronic cardiovascular

Mentioned By: Melissa on August 8th, 2019 | No Comments

21 ICD-10-CM codes deleted for FY 2020

CMS has provided ICD-10-CM coding updates for fiscal year 2020 that include 273 additions 21 deletions and 30 revisions, according to the American Health Information Management Association.   The 21 deletions for the fiscal year beginning Oct. 1, 2019, and ending Sept. 30:   1. D813 Adenosine deaminase [ADA] deficiency 2. H8141 Vertigo of central origin, right ear 3. H8142 Vertigo of central origin, left ear 4. H8143 Vertigo of central origin, bilateral 5. H8149 Vertigo of central origin, unspecified ear 6. I481 Persistent atrial fibrillation 7. I482 Chronic atrial fibrillation 8. Q660 Congenital talipes equinovarus 9. Q661 Congenital talipes calcaneovarus 10. Q6621 Congenital metatarsus primus varus 11. Q6622 Congenital

Mentioned By: Melissa on July 10th, 2019 | No Comments

Teaching Doctors Have a New Way to Document E/M

Rules are changed for teaching physicians documenting Evaluation and Management (E/M) codes being reported to Medicare July 29, 2019. These changes are part of the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) revamp of E/M payments. This will affect medical coders and billers, especially those working in clinical documentation improvement.   Changes Part of E/M Revamp Effort   The change relaxes the long-standing requirement that teaching physicians re-document information documented by residents and the medical team. This is part of CMS’ response to physicians and facilities’ request to simplify documentation and E/M decision making in general following nation-wide meetings. It also allows teaching physicians to join their non-teaching peers in

Mentioned By: Melissa on May 13th, 2019 | No Comments

9 Ways to Improve Health IT Interoperability and Patient Data Access

“The Healthcare Leadership Council (HLC) and the Bipartisan Policy Center recently issued a report outlining nine ways the public and private sector can work together to advance health IT interoperability and improve patient data access. Many recommendations included in the report align with newly-released proposed rules from CMS and ONC intended to crack down on information blocking. The report incorporates feedback from more than 100 clinicians and healthcare leaders from hospitals, health systems, health plans, life sciences organizations, health IT companies, and patients gathered in a year-long effort. The report aims to streamline the flow of health information across health IT systems and care settings. “Critical patient information is getting

Mentioned By: Melissa on May 4th, 2019 | No Comments