Free EHR, EHR and Healthcare IT Newsletter Want to receive the latest updates on EHR, EMR and Healthcare IT news sent straight to your email? Get all the latest EHR News for FREE!

Computer Assisted Coding Applications Slated for Strong Growth Potential

HIMSS Analytics’ Autumn 2014 edition of the Essentials of US Hospital IT Market highlights the promising sales opportunities for IS Infrastructure and HIM applications

CHICAGO (October 15, 2014) – Computer Assisted Coding applications are poised for increased growth among hospitals, according to data from the latest HIMSS Analytics Essentials of the U.S. Hospital IT Market report (Autumn 2014 edition). Released today, the report evaluates the support service applications and medical devices used most by hospitals across the U.S.

Leveraging data from the HIMSS Analytics® Database, the report profiles 25 support service applications and medical devices being used in hospitals across the nation in terms of their market penetration (saturated, mature to maturing) against their projected sales volumes (decelerating, marginal to accelerating). Computer Assisted Coding was observed as having the highest growth potential. This is a significant finding for health Information Technology (IT) vendors as this accelerated projected sales volume is occurring in a maturing market.

“In preparation for the shift to ICD-10, it is no surprise that the sales potential for coding solutions is high,” said Lorren Pettit, Vice President of Market Research for HIMSS Analytics. “The findings suggest that market opportunities are ripe for vendors with Computer Assisted Coding solutions.”

The 25 applications observed are divided into the following categories:

  • Ambulatory
  • Clinical & Business Intelligence
  • Document/Forms Management
  • Health Information Exchange (HIE)
  • Health Information Management (HIM)
  • Home Health
  • IS Infrastructure
  • IS Security
  • Medical Devices

Nearly half of the applications (11 of the 25) profiled can be characterized as standard business tools due to their relatively high market penetration level. Five applications were marked for a healthy growth trajectory over the next five years, while 15 applications reflected a growth trajectory of less than 10 percent during the same period.

The report also covers the market utilization of each application in the marketplace at more than 5,400 U.S. hospitals tracked by HIMSS Analytics. The market utilization assessment for each application is determined by the number of hospitals in the market which have installed the application.

Please contact consulting@himssanalytics.org for more information on purchasing the HIMSS Analytics Essentials, Autumn 2014 Edition, and for a copy of the Executive Summary. Visit the HIMSS Analytics website for more information.

# # #

About HIMSS Analytics

HIMSS Analytics collects, analyzes and distributes essential health IT data related to products, costs, metrics, trends and purchase decisions. It delivers quality data and analytical expertise to healthcare delivery organizations, IT companies, governmental entities, financial, pharmaceutical and consulting companies. Visit www.himssanalytics.org.

HIMSS Analytics is a part of HIMSS, a cause-based global enterprise that produces health IT thought leadership, education, events, market research and media services around the world. Founded in 1961, HIMSS encompasses more than 52,000 individuals, of which more than two-thirds work in healthcare provider, governmental and not-for-profit organizations across the globe, plus over 600 corporations and 250 not-for-profit partner organizations, that share the cause of transforming health and healthcare through the best use of IT. HIMSS, headquartered in Chicago, serves the global health IT community with additional offices in the United States, Europe and Asia.

October 15, 2014 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 5 blogs containing over 11,000 articles with John having written over 5500 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 18 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

HBMA 2013 Fall Conference Addressed Urgent Challenges of Today’s Revenue Cycle Management Professionals

10% Increase in Attendance over 2012 Event Demonstrates the Heightened Need for Clarity in a Time of Complex Legislative and Regulatory Issues 

ORANGE COUNTY, Calif. – October 1, 2013 — Recognized as the most influential healthcare revenue and management services association in the nation, the Healthcare Billing & Management Association, HBMA (www.hbma.org), announced the successful conclusion of its Fall Conference for medical billing professionals, held September 18-20, 2013 at Caesar’s Palace Hotel in Las Vegas.

This year’s conference, which focused on the legislative and regulatory issues faced by today’s revenue cycle management professionals, saw an attendee increase of 10 percent over last year’s event.

The opening keynote featured Steve Rizzo, author, television star and Fortune 500 presenter, who showed attendees how to “SHIFT” focus to increase productivity, improve enthusiasm and achieve new levels of success.

Additional highlights of the conference included a presentation by John Boland, managing director, Navigant Healthcare on “Evolving Physician Reimbursement and the Billing Company.” The session investigated pertinent market trends and provided attendees with best practice advice to position their provider clients for future success.

Bill Finerfrock, senior vice president, health policy, Capitol Associates presented his ever-popular “Washington Update.” During the session, HBMA’s director of government affairs provided up-to-the-minute updates on pending legislation and regulations affecting the medical billing community.

Other important topics crucial to healthcare addressed at the HBMA conference included sessions on practice revenue cycle analysis, technology advances, the role of billing companies in Medicare, Medicaid and third-party payor audits, successful ICD-10 implementation, administrative simplification, EHR incentive programs and more.

During the first day of the conference, the association presented a donation to representatives of Three Square, the event’s chosen local charity. Three Square provides more than 18.8 million meals per year for hungry Americans. To learn more about how to support their efforts, visit www.threesquare.org.

HBMA President, Jud Neal, CHBME opened and concluded the conference with his remarks.

About HBMA

HBMA is a key stakeholder in the $38 billion physician revenue cycle management industry, and represents more than 30,000 employees at well over 700 third-party medical billing firms and first-party billers. Every year, HBMA members submit more than 350 million initial claims on behalf of both hospital and office-based physicians, and other allied healthcare providers.

October 1, 2013 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 5 blogs containing over 11,000 articles with John having written over 5500 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 18 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

Ingenious Med Integrates Health Language to Enhance ICD-9 and ICD-10 Search

Provider of the nation’s largest charge capture solution chooses Health Language to improve code search functionality

ATLANTA – June 13, 2013 – Ingenious Med, Inc., the nation’s largest point of care charge capture solution, has announced the integration of Health Language® from Wolters Kluwer Health to support its code search engine. The update will be another step toward creating a robust solution for the transition from ICD-9 to ICD-10 on Oct. 1, 2014, which will increase the number of codes a physician must use from 13,000 to 65,000.

“We are taking our best-in-class code search functionality and making it even better with the best code data in the industry from Health Language,” said Hart Williford, president and CEO of Ingenious Med. “We know that our clients need a strong partner to help each of them successfully transition to ICD-10, and their success is our top priority.”

With Health Language, Ingenious Med will be able to help physicians reach the best billable code, based on documentation, in the quickest manner possible. Code validation and crosswalking capabilities will be built in.

After delaying the transition from ICD-9 to ICD-10 several times, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services is holding firm on its Oct. 1, 2014 date. CMS has assured the industry that there will be no more delays and that all organizations must be ready.

“The healthcare industry’s critical transition to the modern ICD-10 coding system is a massive undertaking that is expected to impact nearly every aspect of hospital operations,” said Brian McDonald, executive vice president, Health Language, Wolters Kluwer Health, Clinical Solutions. “We are pleased Ingenious Med has chosen Health Language to provide the tools it needs to navigate this complex process.”

About Ingenious Med

Founded in 1999 by a group of practicing physicians, Ingenious Med is an award-winning point of care platform that automates the activities of 25,000 inpatient and outpatient physician in the nation’s leading healthcare facilities. The mobile and cloud-based charge capture and analytics platform provides real-time data that helps hospital systems and physician groups improve physician productivity and efficiency, enhance quality of care, maximize revenue, increase billing accuracy and ensure compliance. For more information, visit www.ingeniousmed.com or call 404-815-0862.

About Health Language
Health Language® provides leading healthcare terminology management solutions and professional services that normalize all data within a healthcare organization into standardized code sets such as ICD-10, SNOMED CT® and LOINC®. By establishing a data infrastructure in which disparate information is fully integrated, the advanced Language Engine (LE) and supporting tools enable healthcare providers and payers worldwide to simplify the management and analysis of critical patient, financial and operational information. This, backed by a team of HIM experts that support the integration process, helps hospitals, health systems and other healthcare organizations to overcome industry challenges such as Meaningful Use, ICD-10 and health information exchange.

Health Language is part of Wolters Kluwer Health, a leading global provider of information, business intelligence and point-of-care solutions for the healthcare industry. Wolters Kluwer Health is part of Wolters Kluwer, a market-leading global information services company with 2012 annual revenues of €3.6 billion ($4.6 billion).

June 18, 2013 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 5 blogs containing over 11,000 articles with John having written over 5500 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 18 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont Selects Edifecs to Integrate its IT Systems with Vermont’s Health Insurance Exchange (HIX)

Off-the-Shelf Integration Solution will Help Insurer  Maximize Opportunity, Minimize  Disruption and Deliver a Smooth Experience to Individuals and Small Business Participating on the Exchange

BELLEVUE, Wash.—May 22, 2013— Today, Edifecs, Inc., a leading healthcare solutions provider specializing in healthcare information management and compliance technology, announced that Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont (BCBS of VT) has chosen the company as its technology integration partner in anticipation for preparing to  integrate with Vermont Health Connect, the state’s health insurance exchange (HIX). Beginning in October of this year, more than 100,000 Vermont residents, individuals and small groups with 50 or fewer employees, will be required to transition to Vermont Health Connect for their health care coverage as part of what may be the largest open enrollment period in history nationwide. Health insurance exchanges are mandated as part of the Affordable Care Act.

BCBS of VT is deploying the Edifecs HIX Integration Solution, a hosted solution that integrates member enrollment and billing transactions among insurers, state health insurance exchanges and the federal government to reduce the implementation and operational risk of participating on an HIX. Of key concern for health plans during the first year or two of operating on an HIX are the expected changes and disruptions that will occur as state exchanges, the federal government and the healthcare industry work toward stable and predictable processes and system integration.

The Edifecs HIX Integration Solution serves as a “guardian” for a health plan’s HIX business—shielding and monitoring interactions with HIXs, financial institutions and the federal government. It ensures that only accurate and timely information is sent to core membership systems or reported to the federal government.

“As is the case with most of the health plan industry, we continue to be concerned about the operational readiness of the State and the Federal Governments HIX technical integration with us and we are doing everything we can to not let that impact the consumer experience and to ensure our members and all eligible Vermonters are able to enroll on day one,” said Dan Galdenzi, CIO of BCBS of VT.

“To feel more comfortable implementing a project as large as the State’s exchange in such an abbreviated time period we chose Edifecs for its ability to help reduce the impact on our existing IT infrastructure and streamline our integration timeline. Edifecs is a proven partner of ours and their experience with enrollment and claims management made this solution the right technology fit for BCBS of VT.”

Healthcare industry experts view HIXs as central to the effectiveness of the Affordable Care Act because they provide an online marketplace where consumers can shop for, compare and purchase health insurance. According to a recent survey of healthcare professionals at the 2013 Healthcare Mandate Summit, HIX participation in 2014 will be high. The survey also revealed the country’s health insurers are confident they will be ready by the October 1, 2013 launch deadline, but have reservations about how HIXs will be implemented and run.

“While most of the country is focused on the scheduled open enrollment date, the real challenge comes with the operational changes to the business and the long term sustainability of participation in the exchanges,” said Sunny Singh, CEO of Edifecs. “Edifecs is committed to supporting Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont through the process of readying its IT systems for the state exchange, maintaining an outstanding member experience, and ensuring the long term success of its participation.”

BCBS of VT has taken a leading role in helping Vermont residents understand their health insurance options on the new HIX. It recently launched a new phone line staffed by trained representatives who can answer questions and provide detailed information about Vermont Connect. BCBS of VT has also held more than 35 community meetings all across the state with more than 1,600 small businesses and has many more planned in the weeks and months ahead.

In addition to the new phone line and trained staff, the company will also host webinars, enrollment meetings and provide one-on-one support at a new retail location in South Burlington, which opens in early May to help Vermonters find the coverage that is right for them.

On January 1, 2014, enrolled members will start using their health benefits, which means all qualified health plans, benefit tiers and payment contracts must be loaded and integrated with insurer IT systems to ensure members receive appropriate benefits and providers are paid promptly.

About BCBS of VT

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont is the state’s oldest and largest health insurer, providing coverage for about 180,000 Vermonters. It employs about 340 Vermonters at its headquarters in Berlin and branch office in South Burlington, and offers group and individual health plans. More information about Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont is available on the Internet the Internet at www.bcbsvt.com. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont is an independent corporation operating under a license with the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, an association of independent Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plans.

About Edifecs, Inc.

An industry leader since 1996, Edifecs provides healthcare software solutions that improve operational performance by streamlining the exchange of information among health plans, hospitals, and other healthcare organizations, while enabling compliance with current mandates such as HIPAA, Operating Rules and ICD-10.

Today, more than 250 healthcare customers use Edifecs technology to unify transactions from any information channel source and input mechanism, while automating manual business processes such as enrollment, claims and payments management.

Edifecs is currently recognized as one of the 100 Fastest Growing Private Companies in the state of Washington, 100 Best Places to Work in the state of Washington, an Inc. 5000 fastest-growing private company and one of the 500 Fastest Growing Companies in North America by Deloitte. Edifecs is headquartered in Bellevue, WA. For more information, please visit http://www.edifecs.com.

June 7, 2013 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 5 blogs containing over 11,000 articles with John having written over 5500 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 18 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

BayScribe Uses Technology to Address Clinical Documentation and Coding Weaknesses in Preparation for ICD-10

Company releases industry’s first fully-integrated CAC and CDI solution at ACDIS.

Nashville, TN— May 21, 2013. BayScribe, a leading clinical documentation technology company, today announced a new cloud-based offering aimed at eliminating bottlenecks in the documentation and coding process. The new application, v6 CACDIS, creates structured data from unstructured text, thereby facilitating fluid communication between clinical documentation improvement specialists (CDIS), medical record coders and physicians. The announcement was made by Steve Bonney, Vice President, Business Development and Strategy, BayScribe, at the opening of the 6th Annual ACDIS National Conference in Nashville.

“Many feel ICD-10 is not a coding issue—it is a clinical documentation issue and we agree,” stated Bonney. “Hospitals struggle with existing bottlenecks in clinical documentation improvement (CDI), coding and physician queries, and these challenges are further exacerbated by ICD-10. They are looking for ways to affordably streamline every facet of the process, without disrupting physicians any further,” he adds.

 

I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 5 blogs containing over 11,000 articles with John having written over 5500 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 18 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

Libman Education Announces New Online, Self-Paced ICD-10-PCS Course for HIM Professionals

Foundational Course Introduces Structure and Design of ICD-10-PCS System

BEDFORD MASSACHUSETTS – MAY 15, 2013 – Libman Education’s line of online medical coding courses continues to grow, with the company announcing the release of a new foundational ICD-10-readiness course, Introduction to ICD-10-PCS.

Libman Education’s Introduction to ICD-10-PCS was developed in partnership with Lynn Kuehn, a recognized leader in ICD-10-PCS education. Lynn’s textbook for the online course, ICD-10-PCS: An Applied Approach, is published by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA).

In Introduction to ICD-10-PCS, students learn about the ICD-10-PCS system’s structure and design, and about the content of the coding guidelines. The course also covers assigning codes within ICD-10-PCS’s medical and surgical section – with complete education on the 31 root operations used in the coding process.

Online and self-paced, Introduction to ICD-10-PCS enables HIM professionals to work around their busy schedules and to finish the course in time for the ICD-10 deadline.

“This course is highly recommended to all medical coders,” said Lynn Kuehn, president of Kuehn Consulting and author of both the course and the course’s textbook. “With ICD-10 about to become the standard coding procedure, coders need foundational ICD-10 training. Introduction to ICD-10-PCS provides this. This course was organized to train coders in ICD-10-PCS in an efficient and timely manner.”

As the first in a series of Libman Education courses on ICD-10-PCS, the course is foundational and prepares medical coders for the remaining courses: The Medical and Surgical-related and Ancillary Sections of PCS and PCS Coding by Body System.

Students who complete Introduction to ICD-10-PCS are able to identify the ICD-10-PCS code format, system structure, and design; demonstrate the code building process through the index and tables; apply Official Guidelines for Coding and Reporting of ICD-10-PCS codes; and, given a case scenario, select the necessary statements to code and apply Official Guidelines for Coding and Reporting to support an accurate code assignment.

For more information about Introduction to ICD-10-PCS, visit http://www.libmaneducation.com/introduction-to-icd-10-pcs/

ABOUT THE COURSE’S AUTHOR
Lynn Kuehn, MS, RHIA, CCS-P, FAHIM, is president of Kuehn Consulting, LLC, in Waukesha, Wisconsin, a consulting firm specializing in coding for all settings and physician practice management issues. She has served on the AHIMA Board of Directors, and has authored several of AHIMA’s popular books, including ICD-10-PCS: An Applied Approach, Procedural Coding and Reimbursement for Physician Services, and CCS-P Exam Preparation. Lynn earned her Bachelor of Science Degree from Viterbo University and her Master’s Degree in Health Services Administration from Cardinal Stritch University.

ABOUT LIBMAN EDUCATION
Libman Education Inc. is a leading provider of training for the health care workforce. We offer self-paced online courses designed and developed by leading industry experts in Health Information Management (HIM) and Medical Record Coding. Our courseware is used by individuals as well as health care providers and institutions, public and private workforce development training programs and professional and volunteer associations interested in educating their employees, their students, and their members. At Libman Education, we offer the right-mix of online education to ensure that the health care workforce is prepared to meet the challenges of the changing health care workplace.
www.libmaneducation.com

June 5, 2013 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 5 blogs containing over 11,000 articles with John having written over 5500 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 18 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

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 5 blogs containing over 11,000 articles with John having written over 5500 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 18 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

GE Healthcare IT Announces New Initiatives in Support of Customers

Company Showcases Customer-Facing Business Plans as Customers Converge on Washington, D.C.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – April 15, 2013 — As many GE Healthcare IT customers converge on the nation’s capital for the company’s largest user group meeting of the year, the Company is announcing several new initiatives intended to continue the focus on customers, year-round.

GE to Honor Productivity Champions

At this year’s session, GE Healthcare is announcing an effort to find the practices that most embody GE Healthcare’s vision of “connecting productivity with care.”  The Centricity Productivity Award honors facilities that have used GE Healthcare IT solutions to boost productivity in significant and measurable ways. Beginning in September, GE Healthcare will collect nominations for the award and a judging committee comprised of customers and GE Healthcare executives.  Judges will then award the winners with gold, silver and bronze level recognition at next year’s Centricity LIVE event in Denver.

Centricity Imaging Solutions Tour

As demand for next generation imaging IT rises, GE Healthcare is finding ways to drive the possibilities to customers, literally.  This year, GE “takes the show on the road” with the Centricity Imaging Solutions Tour that starts in Dallas, site of the annual Society for Imaging and Informatics in Medicine meeting, June 3-7. The truck makes roughly three stops a week as it travels the country for five months. “The goal is to bring our equipment to our customers so they don’t have to wait for a trade show to see it,” said Mike Jackman, vice president and general manager of GE Healthcare IT. “It’s just another example of how we’re investing to help solve our customers’ imaging needs.”

New Centricity Channel Program to Support Ambulatory Practices Nationwide

GE Healthcare is making significant investments to support small and midsize independent practices nationwide through an expanded partner ecosystem.  Building on the recent launch of Centricity Practice 11 (CPS), which now offers ICD-10 readiness and exciting new features like one-click problem entry, we have expanded our network of Value Added Resellers (VARs) across the nation who sell the solution. In addition, we launched a new, tiered Centricity Channel Program. The program enables partners with marketing funds, co-op funds, performance rebates, and extensive training & certification programs to provide a world class solution and support to practices.  Partners also leverage the broader GE Healthcare marketing activities to help create demand and extend the offering. For information on participating partners in your region, visit the CPS Website, or, for resellers interested in partnering with GE, please email centricitypartner@ge.com

This week’s 2013 GE Healthcare IT User Conference, Centricity LIVE, is the year’s main event for the business’ U.S-based customers to share knowledge and learn best practices in order getting the most out of Centricity software solutions.

“It’s the one event this year where we pull our customers to one place,” said David Hale, vice president and general manager of GE Healthcare IT. “We’ll combine the feedback gathered at these sessions with that collected from our other, regular listening mechanisms. We regularly conduct customer surveys, product demonstrations and focus groups to form a continual, year-round feedback loop, the foundation of our relationship with our valued customers.”

*Registered trademark of General Electric Corp.

About GE Healthcare:
GE Healthcare provides transformational medical technologies and services to meet the demand for increased access, enhanced quality and more affordable healthcare around the world. GE (NYSE: GE) works on things that matter – great people and technologies taking on tough challenges. From medical imaging, software & IT, patient monitoring and diagnostics to drug discovery, biopharmaceutical manufacturing technologies and performance improvement solutions, GE Healthcare helps medical professionals deliver great healthcare to their patients.

 

May 29, 2013 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 5 blogs containing over 11,000 articles with John having written over 5500 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 18 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

Lott QA Group and HRS Partner in the Delivery of ICD-10 End-to-End Testing Services

Companies announce the first ICD-10 testing collaborative that leverages dual coded medical records, shared industry test data and end-to-end testing for ICD-10.

Naples, FL (April 22, 2013)Lott QA Group, a professional healthcare IT quality assurance and consulting firm, and HRS, an expert clinical coding, audit services and ICD-10 implementation company, are proud to announce that they are working together in delivering the nation’s first and only collaborative test data approach for ICD-10. The Visibiledi™ dual-coded medical record database and the Interoperabiledi™ end-to-end testing solution expands the reach and reduces the cost of ICD-10 migration. The announcement was made jointly by Mark Lott, Principal, Lott QA Group, and Wendy Coplan-Gould, RHIA, President, HRS.

“Comprehensive testing of technology, people and clinical workflows prior to 2014 is essential for ICD-10 success,” explains Mr. Lott, “However most solutions are based on a technical approach using crosswalks which are not accurate enough and why we chose to implement a clinical approach to testing. This alliance with HRS allows us to deliver test data with greater accuracy, improved comprehension and full end-to-end clinically based testing services.”

Visibiledi™ is a dual-coded ICD-9 and ICD-10 diagnosis and procedure test bed. It accurately depicts key clinical test cases and assesses functionality every covered entity needs in meeting the challenges of ICD-10. The Lott QA Group-HRS alliance incorporates a multifaceted testing approach with native dual coding, clinical documentation reviews, HIM testing, claims testing, end-to-end testing, certification and education services.

“Also unique to our solution is the use of native reviews for both coding and clinical documentation,” mentions Coplan-Gould. Many other testing services use the General Equivalence Mapping (GEMs), which do not provide exact, one-to-one code matching,” she adds. GEMs give hospitals an unclear picture of revenue impact under ICD-10. “Only by native dual coding cases in both ICD-9 and ICD-10 can hospitals get an exact prediction of 2014 case mix changes and revenue impact,” she explains.

According to Donielle Bailey, RHIA, ICD-10 Project Coordinator for Rex Health, “a peer-reviewed, dual coded medical record is the core foundation on which to build ICD-10 testing success. This testing process couples native coding with end-to-end payer claims testing, making Rex Health the most prepared we can possibly be for the upcoming level 1 and level 2 testing for ICD-10.” The new collaborative ICD-10 services include five components.

ü  Native Coding Services in ICD-9 and ICD-10

ü  Clinical Documentation Reviews at Code Level

ü  Shared ICD-10 Test Data Repository

ü  ICD-10 End-to-End Testing and Certification

ü  Coder, Billing and Physician Education

“Hospitals receive four services in one,” mentions Lott. Analysis, reports and recommendations are provided at every step. The coding forensic insights are critical for determining the key test cases. “All ICD-10 stakeholders receive the information they need to know by diagnosis, procedure and specialty about which claims may be flawed, and can then focus their ICD-10 training accordingly,” emphasizes Coplan-Gould.

About The Lott QA Group

The Lott QA Group is a professional healthcare IT quality assurance and consulting firm delivering advanced testing solutions in healthcare, HIPAA EDI and ICD-10 clinical testing life cycles. The Lott Method is the most widely used end-to-end testing process in the country and is currently in use at both the state and national levels. www.lottqagroup.com

About HRS

HRS, a health information management services and consulting company, has served the healthcare industry since 1979. The Baltimore-based business helps hospitals, ambulatory centers and group practices elevate their coding and reimbursement through strategic consulting, ICD-10 implementation, audit services and coding support. To learn more about HRS, please visit www.hrscoding.com or call 800-329-0365.

Media Contact:

Beth Friedman, BSHA, RHIT

President, The Friedman Marketing Group

beth@tfmgcom.com

770.335.8570

April 22, 2013 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 5 blogs containing over 11,000 articles with John having written over 5500 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 18 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.

Ingenious Med Announces New Outpatient Revenue Capture Functionality

Provider of nation’s largest physician performance solution expands software offerings by releasing outpatient product 

ATLANTA. Mar. 26, 2013 – Ingenious Med, the nation’s largest multispecialty charge capture and physician performance solution, has announced it will combine both inpatient and outpatient functionality into its award-winning impower platform.

Ingenious Med’s previous inpatient charge capture system and coding suite is employed by more than 22,000 client users across more than 30 different specialties, including cardiology, surgery, pulmonary and pediatrics. The added outpatient functionality allows the company to expand its offerings enterprise-wide.

“Health systems are looking for a single, universal solution that captures and holds all charge capture data,” said Steven Liu, M.D., founder of Ingenious Med. “We do a great job capturing inpatient professional and technical revenue due to our physician workflows and extremely high adoption rates. As organizations shore up their revenue cycle and prepare for ICD-10, the market dictated that we needed to expand our product offerings and bring our benefits to the outpatient side.”

Designed to enhance physician workflow, the newest release offers several different features, including the ability to create highly customizable virtual Superbills, a robust clinic scheduling interface and a sophisticated integration engine with existing back-office practice systems. The end result is a streamlined billing workflow for outpatient clinics and multispecialty organizations.

According to Liu, Ingenious Med’s software can potentially save health systems millions of dollars as revenue leaks are addressed and charges are captured more accurately. The ability to use one system to hold all charge capture data, both inpatient and outpatient, can make those savings even more pronounced.

About Ingenious Med

Founded in 1999 by a group of practicing physicians, Ingenious Med is an award-winning platform that automates the activities of inpatient and outpatient physicians. Ingenious Med automates the revenue and charge capture processes for more than 22,000 users in the nation’s leading healthcare facilities. Ingenious Med’s Physician Rounding Platform is the nation’s largest multispecialty charge capture and physician performance solution in the healthcare industry today. The mobile and cloud-based, charge capture and analytics platform provides real-time data that helps hospital systems and physician groups improve physician productivity and efficiency, enhance quality of care, maximize revenue, increase billing accuracy and ensure compliance. For more information, visit www.ingeniousmed.com or call 404-815-0862.

March 30, 2013 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 5 blogs containing over 11,000 articles with John having written over 5500 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 18 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and LinkedIn.