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CMS Introduces New Approach For ACOs

Recently, the Centers for Medical and Medicaid services, also known as CMS, announced the availability of a new approach for accountable Care Organizations that are involved in the Medicare Shared Savings Program. This will definitely help the medical billing solutions who are looking to improve their facilities. The advantage of such ACOs is that they

Checklist for Healthcare Organizations to make ICD 10 Transition

With WHO’s insistence on healthcare institutions to make a transition from IDC 9 to ICD 10, popular healthcare organizations in USA have started organizing ICD 10 preparation programs for their employees. Interestingly, a group of experts in Baltimore has drafted out a checklist for urology practitioners to review before moving to the new coding system.

Body Of Healthcare Providers Urges Gov To Speed Up ICD 10 Implementation

In a recent development, a collective body of healthcare providers in USA sent a request to the leaders of the United States Senates and House of Representatives to speed up the implementation of ICD 10. It observed that the delay in making an ICD 10 Transition is causing negative impacts on the healthcare system in

Annual Result For ACOs Highlights Mixed Results For Shared Savings

As per reliable sources close to healthcare sector, the Centre for Medicare and Medicaid services has released the annual result for ACOs or accountable care organizations in the Medicare’s Shared Savings program. This is the second ACO model and this program works along the same lines to the Pioneer program and medical billing and coding

AHRQ Grant For UNMC For Research On EHR Integration

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quantity (AHRQ) has sanctioned a grant of $2.5 million to the UNMC (University of Nebraska Medical Centre) to improve its capabilities on integrating medical research with informatics. It is believed that the grant will help the UNMC to modernize its facilities and improve its skills for ensuring better medical

According To Struggling Hospitals, EMRs Help Reduce Costs

Modern unhealthy lifestyles, struggling national health services, and ageing population will increase the demand for Electronic Medical Records (EMR), as per the latest reports from GBI Research. This new report has revealed that ICT is to play an important role in future medical care, as more efficient administration of the different medical practices will be

Get Ready For ICD 10 Transition

ICD or International Statistical Classification of Disease and Related Problems is a module prepared by the World Health Organization. This medical classification includes the various codes for diseases, complaints, abnormal findings, signs, causes of an injury, cause of a disease, social circumstances, etc. Now, the WHO has revised this list with the all-new ICD 10.

Meaningful Use Stage 2 – Why Is It Essential

Meaningful Use refers to the measure that prompts the medical providers to implement and utilize electronic health records (EHR) in healthcare centers. By digitalizing the healthcare industry, the overall quality of the care and facilities provided to the patients is improved, thereby ensuring more safety to the patients. Stage 1 of Meaningful Use includes 13

Healthcare’s Worst Nightmare: Anthem Breach

According to Anthem’s website, one in nine Americans receives coverage for medical care through Anthem’s affiliated plans. Despite being a data storage powerhouse, Anthem failed to encrypt consumer data which surprisingly is not against the law. Anthem, the country’s second largest health insurer was hacked recently compromising names, birthdays, medical IDs, social security numbers etc.

Non-Certified EHRs A Common Hurdle To Stage 2 Attestation

Physicians and doctors around the country have expressed doubts regarding the advisability of the Meaningful Use Stage 2 attestation requirements issued by CMS. A significant number of practices wonder whether they can achieve the requisites within the allotted time. With the outlook being far from promising from the transitional perspective, the reason for most practices