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Data can unlock capacity in the O.R. & drive better decision-making: Melissas Mention

“Optimizing operating room performance is a tough nut to crack for hospitals because true OR capacity is often uncaptured and underutilized due to rigid scheduling protocols. During a workshop sponsored by LeanTaaS at the Becker’s Hospital Review 9th Annual CEO + CFO Roundtable in November, Sanjeev Agrawal, president and COO of LeanTaaS, and Matt Ruby, director of business operations, surgical services at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, discussed challenges and available solutions related to efficient OR utilization. Four key takeaways: 1. Unused OR capacity leads to unrealized return on investment. The OR represents the economic backbone of hospitals but is often underutilized because of the rigidity of block scheduling and

Published By: Melissa's Mentions | No Comments

Telehealth and Its Impact on Healthcare Delivery

Technology has influenced many facets of life, and healthcare is not an exemption. Over the last few years, several digital healthcare startups have sprung up, and this has simplified the process of healthcare delivery to remote places and people who find it difficult to commute.   Modern life has undergone tremendous transformation because of the internet and progressive software. This useful tool has changed the way we communicate and keep in touch with family and friends, how we consummate financial transactions, and how goods and services are negotiated and purchased.   There are so many telehealth tools that you can choose from if you are keen on receiving quality healthcare

Published By: Melissa Clark, CCS-P, RT | No Comments

ICD-11: What it is, When it is Coming and How it Will Differ from ICD-10

ICD (International Classification of Diseases) is a universally accepted ranking system used by the WHO (World Health Organization) for categorizing physical and mental illnesses. ICD-11 is the eleventh edition of this categorization system. For about two decades, there have been no development or publishing of an update or revision to the ICD. The official presentation of ICD-11 at the World Health Assembly took place in May 2019 following its release on June 18, 2018. Member states are expected to adopt it as the official reporting system starting on January 1, 2022. However, it is still unknown when the U.S. Healthcare system will be ready to adopt it for use. ICD-11

Published By: Melissa Clark, CCS-P, RT | No Comments

EHR Satisfaction and Ease of Use

If you are a healthcare worker in any field, you are probably aware of the HITECH Act.  This Act was the inception of the electronic medical record (EHR), and meaningful use.  Meaningful use was the proposal from CMS and ONC.  The idea was to have the electronic medical record have interoperable capabilities throughout the United States (cdc.gov 2019).  We know now that is not in effect.   The introduction of the HITECH Act was to demonstrate to the reader that the front line healthcare worker (Physician, Nurse, Physician Assistant, Certified Nurse Assistant, etc.), are the workers that are the most impacted by the use of the electronic medical record.  If

Published By: Michelle Bottone | No Comments

Flu Season is Nearly Upon Us… Medical Coding for Influenza Vaccine

Since Flu season is rapidly approaching, we decided to take a look at the medical codes that are utilized for billing of vaccine shots.   First of all, what exactly is the Flu? Flu is short for Influenza, which is a contagious respiratory disease caused by the Influenza virus. Influenza virus infects the nose, throat, and in a rare condition the lungs. The symptoms can be mild to severe. The most common influenza symptoms include high fever, sore throat, headache, coughing, runny nose, muscle and joint pain, and fatigue (body weakness). This virus generally occurs during the winter months. Influenza is a serious health condition that can lead to pneumonia.

Published By: Melissa Clark, CCS-P, RT | No Comments

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