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HIM Connections, Inc. Recruits The Coding Center to Deliver a Broader Range of HIM Services

Companies Join Forces to Augment Customer Staffing Needs for ICD-10

May 6, 2013, Birmingham, AL— HIM Connections, Inc., an expert recruitment and staffing firm for health information management (HIM), proudly announces the merger with The Coding Center, LLC, a specialty outsourced remote coding services company and division of Doozer Software, Inc. Both companies are located in Birmingham, Alabama and focus exclusively on clinical coding and health information management services. The announcement was made by Kayce Dover, MSHI, RHIA, who is the President and CEO. The new entity will operate as HIM Connections, LLC.

Hospitals can’t locate the experienced HIM staff they need to maintain quality, productivity, and patient or physician satisfaction. “Our companies recognize the enormous staffing needs associated with the implementation of ICD-10; even as provider organizations already struggle to find qualified coding talent,” mentions Dover. “The synergies between the two companies made it a great opportunity to come together and serve our clients with a broader blend of services. The two companies have aligned core values of integrity, client focus, financial responsibility, development and balance.”

“By joining forces we are able to not only help our customers find and employ the best HIM talent, but also augment their existing HIM staff,” adds Sandy Syx, President, Doozer Software, Inc. “We know that recruitment and staffing is not a one size fits all model. The company is now better aligned to offer solutions that are designed to fit and evolve with our client needs”, says Syx.

The transition from ICD-9 to ICD-10 represents HIM’s greatest challenge thus far in the 21st century and industry experts predict nationwide coder shortages before, during and after the October 1, 2014 transition. In a recent KLAS report, HIM Services 2012: Helping to Weather the Storm, “nearly one-fourth of providers in the study plan to increase use of coding services”.

The merger includes the remote coding technology designed and developed by Doozer Software, Inc. “The technology will continue to be used as a remote coding platform, and also as a document management solution for facilities with a hybrid EHR and as an option for facilities and/or physician offices without an EHR”, mentions Syx. “HIM Connections, Inc. and The Coding Center have always been committed to providing quality HIM services. This merger further solidifies our commitment to our clients as well as the HIM industry”, adds Dover.

About HIM Connections, LLC
HIM Connections is a results-driven staffing and recruitment firm specializing in HIM. The company quickly locates qualified, credentialed and experienced HIM professionals to fill hospitals’ HIM staffing needs; short-term or long-term. The company saves time for their customers by presenting fully-vetted candidates, building relationships with passive candidates, and offering flexible service options: staffing, recruitment and outsourcing. For more information, visit www.himconnections.com.

June 1, 2013 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 5000 articles with John having written over 2000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 9.3 million times. John also recently launched two new companies: InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com, and is an advisor to docBeat. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and Google Plus.

Providers Rethink Health Information Management Strategy in Face of Brewing ICD-10 Storm

Regulatory requirements and ICD-10 changes challenge current go-forward strategies     

Orem, Utah – January 8, 2013 - Providers tell KLAS they are reassessing their go-forward health information management (HIM) strategies accompanying ICD-10 to address new challenges around organizational consolidation or expansion, EMRs, and other HIM technology implementations. This and other insights can be found in a new KLAS report entitled HIM Services 2012: Helping to Weather the Storm.

“The monumental shift to ICD-10 has providers worried about keeping up with regulatory requirements, obtaining and retaining the right staff, and handling the fluctuation in volumes and productivity that they predict will occur,” said Graham Triggs, research director. “As volumes increase with 10,000 baby boomers turning 65 every day for the next 18 years, the need for adequate, qualified, and trained staff becomes clear.”

Biggest HIM Department Challenge

To address these staffing and other HIM challenges, some providers are looking to third-party assistance to outsource transcription (MTSO), coding, scanning, or release of information. Providers looking to alleviate ICD-10 coding concerns are also considering computer-assisted coding (CAC) and clinical documentation improvement technology, which are also discussed in depth in this report.

A major focus of this report is a detailed discussion of the turnaround times, report quality, account management, and administrative tools of MTSO firms. Providers have also identified clear distinctions as they examine what firms offer in expertise and tools and their track records of client satisfaction.

Precyse and TransTech top the satisfaction rankings, but more comprehensive offerings by larger firms Nuance and M*Modal continue to dominate market share. Among reasons discussed in the report for Precyse’s and TransTech’s scores are their unique HIM offerings. Precyse offers clients transcription and coding services, a CAC product, and the ability to fully outsource the HIM department. TransTech is onshore only but still delivers consistent report quality and fast turnaround times as well as offering a unique service for radiologists. The key reasons behind Nuance’s and M*Modal’s offerings and market share dominance are discussed at length as well.

Other fully rated MTSO firms include Accentus, Acusis, Nuance (Transcend), and Superior Global. Early data and component firms include Amphion, FutureNet, Keystrokes, MedScribe, M*Modal, NEMT, PJ&A, StenTel, and Transdyne. Findings about Alpha Systems for scanning services and about Healthport and MRO Corp for release of information are also discussed.

To learn more about HIM Services 2012: Helping to Weather the Storm, please visit www.KLASresearch.com/KLASreports.

About KLAS
KLAS is a research firm on a global mission to improve healthcare delivery by enabling providers to be heard and to be counted. Working with thousands of healthcare executives and clinicians, KLAS gathers data on software, services, medical equipment, and infrastructure systems to deliver timely reports, trends, and statistical overviews. The research directly represents the provider voice and acts as a catalyst for improving vendor performance. KLAS was founded in 1996, and their staff and advisory board members average 25 years of healthcare information technology experience. For more information, go to www.KLASresearch.com, emailmarketing@KLASresearch.com, or call 1-800-920-4109 to speak with a KLAS representative. Follow KLAS on Twitter @KLASresearch.

January 31, 2013 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 5000 articles with John having written over 2000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 9.3 million times. John also recently launched two new companies: InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com, and is an advisor to docBeat. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and Google Plus.

Yu Preaches the Power of Healthcare Innovation

At the AHIMA Annual Convention, keynote speaker Wil Yu, senior advisor of Innovation for the City and County of San Francisco, challenged HIM professionals to be the “pioneers” needed in healthcare innovation to carry the nation forward. Yu also said there has never been a better time to act as a healthcare innovator, as market and policy changes are made to the current care model nearly every day.

National Health Innovation Leader Addresses AHIMA Convention

CHICAGO – Oct. 2, 2012 – Wil Yu, senior advisor, Innovation, for the City and County of San Francisco, challenged Health Information Management (HIM) professionals to be “pioneers” in healthcare innovation to carry the nation forward.

Yu, who led the nationwide healthcare innovation efforts for the United States through the Department of Health and Human Services, delivered his speech Tuesday at AHIMA’s 84th Annual Convention and Exhibit at McCormick Place.

“As guardians of health information, you are in the optimal position to thrive in what I consider this country’s long summer of health innovation,” Yu said. “Your work will build the infrastructure of an evolution that will not only improve and save lives, but also change the way Americans perceive their health and their own care.”

Yu noted that while the United States needs healthcare innovation more than ever, there has also never been a better time to be an innovator with market and policy forces building momentum for dramatic change.

This innovation must transform the current care model, Yu said.

“We need to better identify and help those who will be sick before they show up in care settings such as the emergency room where care is more expensive,” he said. “With the support of taxpayer funded programs and public-private partnerships, we can influence the magnitude, velocity and timing of innovation.”

Yu measures innovation by the value obtained from a new finding or application over time. He shared a case history on scurvy to illustrate how challenging it can be to incorporate new information to advance adoption and diffusion of innovations. It took more than 260 years from the early experiment of adding lemon juice to daily diets aboard long overseas voyages before citrus fruits were routinely incorporated as part of the daily ration.

Yu encouraged HIM professionals never to lose focus on the most important reason for innovation – better patient care.

“The patient is always at the center.  We can work together to reduce medical errors, lower hospital readmission rates and raise levels of patient engagement, so that the future care for children born today will be vastly improved from today’s standard due to the current pioneering efforts of innovators across this country” Yu said.

“AHIMA strives to encourage its members, staff, and all healthcare professionals to bring innovation into their daily work,” said CEO Lynne Thomas Gordon, MBA, RHIA, CAE, FACHE, FAHIMA. “Wil’s remarks reiterated that value, and helped to give members the motivation to make positive change, no matter what their role may be.”

Yu will speak again Wednesday at the AHIMA and AHIMA Foundation’s Inaugural Health Information Innovation Leadership Conference.

About AHIMA

Representing more than 64,000 specially educated Health Information Management professionals in the United States and around the world, the American Health Information Management Association is committed to promoting and advocating for high quality research, best practices and effective standards in health information and to actively contributing to the development and advancement of health information professionals worldwide. AHIMA’s enduring goal is quality healthcare through quality information. www.ahima.org

November 4, 2012 I Written By

AHIMA Calls For Improved Health Information Governance to Unify Standards for EHR Use

The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) is calling for improved and unified health information governance to standardize electronic health record use to ensure the technology fulfills its promise of guiding better patient care.

Association to Convene National Summit on Health Integrity

CHICAGO – Oct. 1, 2012 – The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) is calling for improved and unified Health Information Governance to standardize Electronic Health Record (EHR) use to ensure the technology fulfills its promise of guiding better, more efficient patient care.

AHIMA is ready to work with healthcare industry providers, health plans, quality organizations and vendors as well as the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to establish standards so that healthcare providers have clear principles to guide their patient documentation.

Aspects of Health Information Governance will be addressed throughout AHIMA’s 84th annual Convention and Exhibit which begins today in Chicago. Additionally, AHIMA will bring together industry leaders to discuss data integrity at its Health Information Integrity Summit: The Quest for Safe, Usable, Quality Data in EHRs, Nov. 8-9, in Chicago. This spotlight on EHRs provides an opportunity for experts and those working in the field to discuss the latest insights and developments into an issue that affects every aspect of the healthcare system.

“Unified data governance principles will help promote accuracy and consistency and reduce ambiguity,” said AHIMA CEO Lynne Thomas Gordon, MBA, RHIA, CAE, FACHE, FAHIMA. “AHIMA stands ready to work with HHS, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and other groups to establish the guidelines that will accurately and fairly represent performance and outcomes of care. Data governance and data integrity have been and will be a critical part of AHIMA’s strategic plan, and we will continue to lead the discussions and the solutions developed in this field.”

AHIMA has demonstrated consistent leadership in assuring that health information used for all purposes is accurate, complete and trustworthy. AHIMA developed a Code of Ethics and Standards of Ethical Coding, which established ethical expectations for health information management (HIM) and coding professionals.  AHIMA’s HIM Principles of Individual, Integrity, and Protection – addressing health information has also served as the basis of the Association’s work in clinical and administrative transaction and vocabulary standards.

For decades, AHIMA has led the call for uniform interoperable data and information including guidelines for coding standards.  Since 2003, AHIMA has also urged CMS to adopt a national set of coding guidelines for hospital reporting of emergency department and clinic visits.

Recent concerns that EHR implementation could lead to fraud further highlights the need to establish these standards. These standards will address data integrity, patient safety, quality measurement as well as traditional concerns regarding billing fraud.

In 2005, the AHIMA Foundation led the initiative to develop a report for the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) that provided recommendations on what the industry must do to prevent potential abuses in EHR documentation.

“We urge the government to truly investigate the depth of the recently reported problems so we can determine the scope of the issue and take steps to fix it,” said Thomas Gordon. “We will continue to ask our members to share the experiences they have with us so we can develop possible solutions.”

AHIMA will analyze the latest feedback from its members as well as the findings from the AHIMA summit and expects to provide additional recommendations in early 2013.

About AHIMA

Representing more than 64,000 specially educated Health Information Management professionals in the United States and around the world, the American Health Information Management Association is committed to promoting and advocating for high quality research, best practices and effective standards in health information and to actively contributing to the development and advancement of health information professionals worldwide. AHIMA’s enduring goal is quality healthcare through quality information. www.ahima.org

October 5, 2012 I Written By

TrustHCS Forms Three-Year Partnership with Allegiance Health for ICD-10 Training, Coder Back-Up and Clinical Documentation Analysis

Coding Consulting Firm also Protects Hospital’s Revenue Stream with DNFB Assurance Program

Springfield, MO, September 28, 2011TrustHCS℠, a HIM, compliance and revenue cycle consultancy firm for hospitals, clinics and physician practices, today announces a three-year contract with Allegiance Health of Jackson, Michigan, for their complete ICD-10 Educational Services and DNFB Assurance Program. The announcement was made by Torrey Barnhouse, Chief Executive Officer for TrustHCS. TrustHCS will serve as Allegiance Health’s core ICD-10 training and coding services partner by providing:

ü  Coder assessments and training

ü  Ancillary staff training

ü  Back-up coding support and outsourcing services

ü  Clinical documentation assessments and physician training

“Allegiance Health took the right approach to ICD-10 education by creating a multi-year plan and getting started now,” mentions Barnhouse. “Based on assessment results and already identified areas of need, TrustHCS will begin training for our 22 coders in late 2011, continuing through the end of 2013, “explains Terrie Vilminot, RHIA, Director, Health Information Management, Allegiance Health.

“It is such a relief to know our training needs will be taken care of by experts allowing us to focus on the many other components of ICD-10 implementation,” mentions Vilminot. In addition, Vilminot’s coders get a jump-start on their education with advanced anatomy and physiology courses, also through TrustHCS.

“We’re employing a very prescriptive approach whereby TrustHCS will establish our training schedule, project manage the entire educational component, and customize our program,” adds Vilminot. “When trying to design what we needed to do for ICD-10 training, it wasn’t until we met with TrustHCS that our team realized this is exactly what we are looking for.”

August 20, 2012 I Written By

Just Associates Celebrates a Decade of Mastering Patient Identity, Improving Data Integrity

CENTENNIAL, Colo. – June 18, 2012 – Just Associates, Inc., a consulting firm specializing in data integrity and data quality solutions for healthcare organizations, is celebrating a decade of delivering to hospitals and healthcare organizations the innovative services and solutions that drive quality care by mastering patient identity and improving data integrity.

Established in 2002 by Beth Just, the consulting firm is dedicated to meeting the data integrity needs of the health information exchange (HIE), health information management (HIM), health informatics and health IT markets. Launched at a time when enterprise master patient index (EMPI) systems were just starting to appear on the market and adoption of clinical information systems was limited, Just and her small team of passionate professionals recognized the impact duplicate and overlaid patient records would have on the efficacy of these systems.

“We realized early on that EMPI, EHR and other clinical information systems could not deliver the promised quality, safety and efficiency outcomes if data integrity was compromised,” said Just, MBA, RHIA, FAHIMA, the firm’s president and CEO. “These systems also lacked the sophisticated algorithms to accurately match inbound data with existing patient information, which exacerbated the situation by facilitating creation of new duplicates.”

Armed with deep experience in master patient index (MPI) cleanups, technical sophistication and a passion for providing high-quality services that deliver superior value, Just Associates quickly established itself as a leader in MPI management. Over the past 10 years, it has grown to include more than 70 highly trained professionals and amassed a client list that includes many of the nation’s most prestigious healthcare institutions.

“We have experienced firsthand Just Associates’ dedication and exceptional customer service,” said Barb Manor, MA, RHIA, senior director of HIM, Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth Health System. “They tackle every challenge with determination, peeling back the layers to find and eradicate the source of data integrity issues. They also design innovative, long-term solutions and governance processes to ensure that the data we rely on to provide our patients with safe, high-quality care remain uncompromised. They have earned their reputation as an industry leader.”

The firm works with nearly every vendor solution and delivers services encompassing every aspect of data integrity, including MPI cleanup, data migration, and patient access training and consulting. Other services include HIE and EMPI consulting, such as requirements definition, testing, record linking and matching, data mapping, cleanup and maintenance. Software vendors turn to Just Associates for its expertise in optimizing record-matching algorithm performance.

Most recently, Just Associates launched IDMaster®, its proprietary duplicate record workflow software. It also pioneered outsourced MPI management with Repair™, its customized patient identity management service that provides hospitals with a more efficient duplicate record resolution process that overcomes staffing and other resource challenges. Business intelligence tools also identify areas of weakness where additional education or process adjustments can help prevent duplicate creation on the front end.

“We uncover the root causes of data integrity issues and provide guidance on the governance necessary to ensure it stays that way,” said Just.

Maintaining data integrity is more complex and critical now than it was a decade ago, thanks to the increased prevalence of computerized physician order entry (CPOE), EHR, EMPI and other clinical information systems. As more of these systems are interfaced, higher volumes of data flow between patient records and clinical, administrative and financial systems. An error at any point quickly snowballs as the information travels from one system to the next.

“It’s not just a domino effect. It’s exponential. Inaccurate data captured in one system can feed into as many as 50 others before it is detected … if it ever is detected,” said Just. “That is why Just Associates continues pushing its clients to higher levels of data integrity by delivering the innovative services necessary to ensure the information upon which care decisions are based is accurate, regardless of where it enters the system.”

About Just Associates, Inc.

A recognized leader in health information data integrity and management, Just Associates, Inc. (www.justassociates.com) is a healthcare data integration consulting firm that delivers superior value to its clients through improved data integrity. Just Associates has the process expertise and systems knowledge to deliver tailored, value-added solutions that improve clients’ financial outcomes and business processes, support delivery of quality patient care, and meet the expectations of diverse stakeholders through improved data integrity.

June 28, 2012 I Written By

Precyse University Education Preparing More Than 1,000 Facilities – #HIMSS12

In a release from the HIMSS 2012 Annual Conference and Exposition that just crossed the wire this afternoon, health information technology company Precyse has announced more than 1,000 facilities are now using Precyse University for comprehensive ICD-9 and ICD-10 education programs and preparing coders, billers, physicians, nurses, case managers, administrative staff, and other impacted populations for the transition to ICD-10.

Nationally recognized providers add hospitals to Precyse’s education program to train coders and 50 other populations impacted by ICD-10, while optimizing coding in ICD-9

LAS VEGAS, February 20, 2012—Precyse, a leader in health information management (HIM) services and technologies, announced that more than 1,000 facilities are now using Precyse University for comprehensive ICD-9 and ICD-10 education programs. The growing roster of clients are preparing their coders, billers, physicians, nurses, case managers, administrative staff, and other impacted populations for the transition to ICD-10. Leveraging Precyse University these providers are also able to focus on courses and educational applications equally applicable for ICD-9, supporting better clinical documentation and improved coding today.

“Precyse has put a lot of time and energy into looking at our coding process and our coding staff from a quality perspective,” said Sandy Wood, Director of Revenue Cycle, Naples Community Healthcare System. “With the training they are providing, we are confident that we will be prepared to meet the challenges that arise when ICD-10 goes into effect.”

To mitigate the anticipated workflow challenges of ICD-10, Precyse University students are educated on the foundation and guidelines of the new system, as well as the necessary medical terminology and anatomy and physiology that ICD-10 requires to assign very specific diagnosis and procedure codes for medical services. In preparation for this change, Precyse University courses are built to improve the basic skills of coders in ICD-9 areas that will also be required in ICD-10. Precyse has found that additional training needs related to anatomy, physiology, and pathopharmacology, as well as opportunities to improve the understanding of coding system logic and principles, are beneficial regardless of the coding system in use. Precyse achieves this through unique, innovative applications created to provide learners the opportunity to practice applying their knowledge in practical and interactive ways. Some of these applications include labs, simulators, computer animations, video games, as well as other valuable resources facilitating competency today in ICD-9, while preparing for the transition to ICD-10.

In June 2011, Precyse and HealthStream (NASDAQ: HSTM), a leading provider of learning and research solutions for the healthcare industry, formed a partnership to deliver Precyse University, a comprehensive ICD-10 education program for healthcare providers, through HealthStream’s learning platform, the HealthStream Learning Center®. (HIMSS Booth #1376)

“Healthstream Learning Center delivers the Precyse University program to all required learners, whatever their role and wherever in the enterprise they work, in whatever manner they best can learn,” said Mollie Condra, Associate Vice President, HealthStream. “Together, our solutions are helping people adapt to a bewildering amount of changes in healthcare systems, procedures, and workflow—providing in-depth training to medical billing and coding personnel, educating doctors and nurses who have limited time, and explaining to diverse healthcare populations how ICD-10 will touch their work lives.”

“We are pleased to educate Precyse University students from widely respected, forward-thinking healthcare organizations who see beyond billing accuracy and recognize the opportunity that vastly more—and more precise—data ultimately brings to healthcare,” said Chris Powell, president, Precyse. “HealthStream is the mostly widely used hospital learning platform. Hospitals are moving quickly to Precyse University because we bring together in one program our unique combination of experience in medical coding, healthcare information management, and learning delivery.”

More than 1,000 hospitals are now committed to Precyse University education. Equipped with more than 300 coders and hundreds of HIM and clinical professionals on staff, Precyse has a track record of developing tried and true educational content to keep its team of experts consistently meeting or exceeding industry accuracy and timeliness benchmarking standards. Precyse has used this same approach for building its ICD-9 and ICD-10 education content. The Precyse ICD-10 education content is available online through Precyse University or the HealthStream Learning Center®.

About HealthStream

HealthStream (NASDAQ: HSTM) is a leading provider of learning and research solutions for the healthcare industry, transforming insight into action to deliver outcomes-based results for healthcare organizations. Through HealthStream’s learning solutions—which have been contracted by approximately 2.7 million hospital-based healthcare professionals—healthcare organizations create safer environments for patients, increase clinical competencies of their workforces, and facilitate the rapid transfer of the latest knowledge and technologies. Through HealthStream’s research products, executives from healthcare organizations gain valuable insight about patients’ experiences, workforce challenges, physician relations, and community perceptions of their services. Based in Nashville, Tennessee, HealthStream has an additional office in Baltimore, Maryland. For more information about HealthStream’s learning and research solutions, visit http://www.healthstream.com or call us at 800-933-9293.

About Precyse

Precyse provides industry-leading expert services and comprehensive technologies that empower healthcare organizations to most effectively and efficiently capture, organize, secure and analyze clinical data and transform it into actionable information, supporting the delivery of quality patient care and optimizing operating performance. Precyse has enabled 1,000 hospitals and health systems nationwide to improve efficiency and deliver tangible outcomes for more than a decade. With products ranging from an integrated transcription and coding platform with advanced speech recognition, expert workflow technologies and Natural Language Comprehension™ to HIM consulting and services, Precyse’s flexible software can be delivered standalone or complemented by a professional staff of more than 1,200 experts. Now more than ever, hospitals and health systems are challenged to achieve meaningful use of the legal health record. Precyse is the partner hospitals across the country choose to achieve this goal. To learn more, visit www.precyse.com.

February 21, 2012 I Written By

Precyse Offers Electronic Clinical Documentation Improvement (CDI) Through Natural Language Comprehension-Driven Coding Solution

PrecyseCDI™ and PrecyseCode™ will enable Sarasota Memorial and other providers to focus on CDI and ICD-10 initiatives now to prepare for the future

Wayne, Pa., and Alpharetta, Ga., October 03, 2011Precyse, a leader in Health Information Management (HIM) technology and services, is revolutionizing Clinical Documentation Improvement (CDI) initiatives for its healthcare provider clients through precyseCDI™, a tool that enables integrated CDI with coding workflow and electronically facilitates identification of gaps and areas for improvement in clinical documentation. PrecyseCDI™ is a component of precyseCode™, the industry’s first computer assisted and Natural Language Comprehension™ (NLC)-driven intelligent workflow solution.

precyseCode™ is a single, comprehensive platform to optimize coding processes, accelerate revenue cycles and support healthcare organizations as they navigate compliance challenges, implement CDI initiatives, migrate to ICD-10 and address the challenges of health reform and Meaningful Use. As part of precyseCode, precyseCDI is providing Precyse customers with a means of ensuring their CDI objectives are met through more explicit and accurate clinical documentation, reduced risk of coding errors, more timely and appropriate reimbursement, improved audit ratings and physician profiles and heightened regulatory compliance.

“The Natural Language Comprehension capabilities that make precyseCode the most powerful computer assisted coding environment available are also enabling precsyeCDI to take Clinical Documentation Improvement to new, sustainable level that has never before been possible,” said Chris Powell, President of Precyse. “Given the increased detail and complexity of ICD-10, accuracy will be paramount. If clinical documentation isn’t done correctly, then coding can’t be done correctly, and if coding isn’t done correctly, healthcare providers won’t be reimbursed properly. Armed with precyseCode and precyseCDI our customers will begin putting into place a CDI program that will help them prepare for the increased documentation and coding accuracy that ICD-10 will demand.”

PrecyseCDI uses precyseCode NLC to review clinical documents and, in addition to assigning the appropriate ICD-9 and ICD-10 codes, can identify gaps and inaccuracies and suggest opportunities for improvement. And since NLC allows the coding environment to actually learn with every encounter, its knowledge base, and thus its CDI capabilities, are constantly growing.

Several healthcare organizations are already taking advantage of precyseCDI to improve CDI processes in preparation for ICD-10, including Sarasota Memorial Health Care System in Sarasota, Fla. “We knew that we needed to start preparing for ICD-10 now, in order to change documentation practices over the next two years,” said Diane Settle, Executive Director, Revenue Cycle for Sarasota Memorial Health Care System. “PrecyseCDI was selected as our solution to help us evaluate our current clinical documentation practices and determine where we have lack of specificity.”

“With precyseCDI™, healthcare providers can electronically focus on CDI efforts right now and start working with their clinical staff to prime them for ICD-10,” said Powell.

Baptist Health System (BHS), which includes four hospitals in the greater Birmingham, Ala., area, transitioned from a paper-based environment and implemented Precyse’s innovative coding platform in 2009. The new coding platform allowed BHS to “virtualize” the coding department and create an integrated, seamless and productive team. BHS has experienced increased productivity, accuracy and quality, while significantly reducing costs. There has been a 20% increase in coding quality, a 5% increase in DRG-based revenue and a 10% reduction in voluntary auditing. Before the end of the year, BHS will upgrade to Precyse’s NLC-enabled computer assisted coding platform.

“The precyseCode upgrade will position BHS to even further improve the outcomes we’ve already achieved with Precyse,” said Chloe Phillips, Corporate Director of HIM for BHS. “We plan on using it as a competitive advantage that will actually improve productivity in the face of the transition to ICD-10.”

Precyse will be discussing electronic CDI through its Natural Language Comprehension-driven coding solution, precyseCode, at the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) national conference in Salt Lake City, Utah, October 2 – 5, 2011. Visit Precyse, AHIMA Diamond Partner and AHIMA Foundation Member, in booth #1419 at AHIMA 2012 to learn how precyseCDI and precyseCode will enable providers to focus on CDI and ICD-10 initiatives now to prepare for the future.

About Precyse

Precyse provides industry-leading expert services and comprehensive technologies that empower healthcare organizations to most effectively and efficiently capture, organize, secure and analyze clinical data and transform it into actionable information, supporting the delivery of quality patient care and optimizing operating performance. Precyse has enabled more than 850 hospitals and health systems nationwide to improve efficiency and deliver tangible outcomes for more than a decade. With products ranging from an integrated transcription and coding platform with advanced speech recognition, expert workflow technologies and Natural Language Comprehension™ to HIM consulting and services, Precyse’s flexible software can be delivered standalone or complemented by a professional staff of more than 1,200 experts. Now more than ever, hospitals and health systems are challenged to achieve meaningful use of the legal health record. Precyse is the partner hospitals across the country choose to achieve this goal. To learn more, visit www.precyse.com.

About Precyse Advanced Technologies

Precyse Advanced Technologies (PAT) is the R&D division of Precyse. Software products built by PAT are designed to accelerate the capture and utilization of the patient story and advance the transformation of clinical data into meaningful health information. These products accelerate hospital and health system revenue cycles with precyseCode™, the most comprehensive, intelligent workflow and collaboration solution available today. With its proprietary Natural Language Comprehension™, Computer-Assisted Coding and robust content knowledge, precyseCode has been engineered to deliver greater coding speed and productivity, and lead the healthcare industry through the migration to ICD-10 and the costly, time time-consuming process of improving clinical documentation. This flexible software solution can be delivered standalone or complemented by a professional staff of more than 1,200 experts. Precyse Advanced Technologies is an affiliate of Precyse, sparking operational excellence and superior financial performance for more than 850 hospitals and health systems nationwide. Now in its twelfth year, Precyse continues to lead the industry with its Transcription, Coding, Health Information Management, Oncology Data Management and Clinical Documentation Improvement services. To learn more, visit www.precyse.com.

October 3, 2011 I Written By

Just Associates to Provide Remote Duplicate Record “Repair” Services to Sharon Regional Health System

During the upcoming AHIMA conference, Just Associates will announce that Sharon Regional Medical Center in Pennsylvania will be using the consulting firm’s new Repair outsourced MPI maintenance service for managing its day-to-day duplicate record validation and reconciliation.

The data integrity consulting firm is featuring its innovative, comprehensive outsourced MPI management service in Booth #325 at the 83rd AHIMA Convention & Exhibit

CENTENNIAL, Colo. – Sept. 30, 2011 – Just Associates, Inc., a consulting firm specializing in data integrity and data quality solutions for healthcare organizations, announced today that Sharon Regional Health System has extended its relationship to include Repair™, the firm’s remote master patient index (MPI) maintenance service. Part of Just Associates’ comprehensive outsourced patient identity management suite, Repair leverages the firm’s highly trained staff and proprietary IDMaster® Duplicate Workflow Software for cost-effective ongoing management of the duplicate validation and reconciliation process.

Just Associates is dedicated to meeting the data integrity needs of the health information exchange (HIE), health information management (HIM), health informatics and health IT markets. It is featuring Repair, along with its comprehensive outsourced MPI management service, in Booth #325 at the AHIMA Convention & Exhibit, taking place in Salt Lake City Oct. 1-6, 2011.

Based in Sharon, Penn., Sharon Regional Health System is a comprehensive health system consisting of a 241-bed hospital, 17 satellite centers and more than 1,750 employees. It first utilized Just Associates to conduct a comprehensive MPI cleanup in preparation for its May 2012 electronic health record (EHR) system implementation. But while existing issues were eliminated, Sharon Regional still faced a problem common among many hospitals — a lack of resources to maintain a clean MPI.

In fact, a typical hospital has between 3 percent and 15 percent patient record duplication. Left unchecked, this creates serious patient safety issues, including delayed diagnosis or treatment and/or redundant diagnostic procedures when the correct or complete record cannot be located in a timely manner. It is also costly, with repetitive testing alone adding 20 percent to 30 percent to clinical costs.

“We needed a way to continuously identify and correct duplicates before they created confusion among our clinical staff or impacted care,” said Barb McKee, director of business office operations, Sharon Regional Health System. “However, multiple registration points made it difficult to pinpoint when and where potential errors entered the system and staffing limitations made it difficult to quickly evaluate and reconcile possible duplicates once they were identified. When we heard about Repair, we knew immediately it was the long-term solution we needed.”

By outsourcing its daily MPI maintenance to Just Associates, Sharon Regional benefits from a more efficient duplicate record resolution process. Repair also helps overcome the resource challenges that impact many hospitals’ efforts to attain and maintain a clean MPI, such as difficulty maintaining productivity levels due to staff turnover, planned and unplanned leave time, and insufficient training. Reports generated by Repair also help identify areas of weakness where additional education or process adjustments can help prevent duplicate creation at the front end.

“With Just Associates protecting the integrity of our patient data, we can focus our attention and resources on other areas to ensure our patients continue to receive the highest quality care possible,” said McKee.

Repair remote MPI maintenance services are modeled after the same process Just Associates uses in completing its historic MPI cleanup projects. Leveraging its trained staff and IDMaster, Repair reviews daily reports on potential duplicates or other data integrity issues and validates possible duplicates. Confirmed duplicates are then reconciled via remote access to Sharon Regional’s systems.

In the case of Sharon Regional, daily feeds are generated by the facility’s third-party monitoring service. However, Repair works equally effectively with reports generated by systems that feature the robust analytics capabilities to accurately identify potential duplicate records.

“When the integrity of patient data is compromised due to duplicate, incomplete or inaccurate records, it can impact safety and quality, increase costs and decrease clinician and staff productivity. Unfortunately, the challenge for many facilities is dedicating the resources necessary to maintain a clean MPI,” said Just Associates CEO and President Beth Just, MBA, RHIA, FAHIMA. “That is why savvy hospitals like Sharon Regional are outsourcing MPI management to Just Associates. It is a cost-effective way to overcome staffing and resource issues to ensure that duplicate records are identified and eliminated before they cause problems.”

About Just Associates, Inc.

A recognized leader in health information data integrity and management, Just Associates, Inc. (www.justassociates.com) is a healthcare data integration consulting firm that delivers superior value to its clients through improved data integrity. Just Associates has the process expertise and systems knowledge to deliver tailored, value-added solutions that improve client’s financial outcomes and business processes, support delivery of quality patient care, and meet the expectations of diverse stakeholders through improved data integrity.

September 30, 2011 I Written By

Just Associates Appoints Deborah Burnett CIO

CENTENNIAL, Colo. – Aug. 10, 2011 – Just Associates, Inc., a consulting firm specializing in data integrity and data quality solutions for the health information exchange (HIE), health information management (HIM), health informatics and health IT markets, has appointed Deborah Burnett as its Chief Information Officer (CIO).

As CIO, Burnett is responsible for driving the firm’s IT efforts, including overseeing the infrastructure and standards that support it business mission. She is also charged with overseeing the ongoing evolution of IDMaster®, Just Associates’ proprietary duplicate workflow software that creates a more efficient duplicate reconciliation process.

“Deborah’s experience in software development and management make her a valuable asset to Just Associates,” said Beth Just, MBA, RHIA, FAHIMA, CEO and President, Just Associates. “We are pleased to welcome her to the team and look forward to her collaboration on future projects.”

Prior to joining Just Associates, Burnett was a product engineer manager with InfoTrust Group. Previous positions include software development manager for Perficient, Inc. and software development manager for Sun Microsystems. She received her Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of New Mexico and is an active member of the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA), Scrum Alliance and Agile Denver.

About Just Associates, Inc.

A recognized leader in health information data integrity and management, Just Associates, Inc. (www.justassociates.com) is a healthcare data integration consulting firm that delivers superior value to its clients through improved data integrity. Just Associates has the process expertise and systems knowledge to deliver tailored, value-added solutions that improve client’s financial outcomes and business processes, supports delivery of quality patient care, and meets the expectations of diverse stakeholder’s through improved data integrity.

August 20, 2011 I Written By