What is a meaningful consent? Why we need to know?

With the increasing use of health information technology and electronic health records, health care provider’s share and access health information using their computers. There are multiple ways a provider can share patient information with another entity. One way is to provide data from one EMR in a portable format that the patient can take to

Challenges of Converting an ICD-9 Superbill to ICD-10

The U.S. healthcare system is now 10 months away from the ICD-10 “live” date and physician practices around the U.S. are currently deciding on whether or not to convert their current ICD-9 superbill to an ICD-10 superbill. Of course, there are several physicians who currently capture ICD-9s and CPTs through an EMR system or practice

ICD-10 Readiness Guidelines for Physicians

ICD-10 is being compared to the “Y2K” of the Healthcare industry. With that in mind, it is critical that physician practices be prepared for ICD-10 coding to minimize revenue flow disruption and ensure clinical documentation matches ICD-10 specificity. According to an April 2013 survey of 500 physician practices conducted by Navicure, practices consider physician/staff training and

Healthcare Business Intelligence; What Should Small Practices Do?

A smart doctor feels the pulse of his patient with one hand and that of his business with the other. It is equally important for a medical practice to sustain a green health indicator as it is for a patient to be healthy. It’s also quite likely that the practice’s financial health may dwindle as

Patient Empowerment through mobile PHR’s

MTBC has recently introduced a PHR application for both android and apple: the MTBC iPHR. This application is designed to provide PHR access on smart devices, and allows patients to view their vital health information as well as schedule appointments, request prescriptions refills, receive patient statements, pay bills online and view lab results—all in the

The Road to ICD-transition

While the federal compliance date for ICD-10 has been extended to October 1, 2014, the complexity and time commitment necessary for its successful implementation still remain daunting. The ICD-10 transition would introduce 68,000 new diagnosis codes and approximately 72,000 new procedure codes. Adopting and integrating these new codes within their practice’s workflow will be quite challenging

Customer Ratings Will Affect Hospitals Bottom Line in 2013

Word-of-mouth has always been considered a most reliable source of information about the quality of traditional customer goods and services. So, it should be the same case for healthcare services, right?  Well, so thinks CMS. With growing concerns on Medicare’s future, the federal government has turned to customer reviews to institute the Hospital Inpatient Value-Based

Fighting Audits with Audits

The word “audit” usually accompanies thoughts of penalties, stress, and fear; however, a pro-active audit is an effective tool that should be used by all practices.  In order to conduct an effective audit there are a few tips that should be considered: 1-      If you do not currently audit your practice, what are you waiting

HIEs – Start with the end result in mind

Health Information Exchanges or HIE is a major topic in healthcare discussions across the country.  As we move to greater use of computers to collect information on patients and treatment protocols, HIEs are the next step to utilizing that data to derive better outcomes.  For as long as I can remember, hospitals have gone to

Get the most out of your Coding Audit

Whenever the word audit is used it usually causes some anxiety.  This is especially true with some physicians who feel keeping up with the latest coding changes and still trying to manage a busy patient schedule can be an impossible task.  At MTBC, our coders have to continually educate to stay abreast of new coding