Investor Sharing Across the Healthcare Delivery System

Common investors in the healthcare delivery industry have historically been difficult to track. One recent study published in Health Affairs Magazine analyzing data from various sources concludes that between the year 2005 and 2015 common investors in healthcare continuum – including acute care hospitals, post-acute care, hospice, etc – increased from 25% to 49%. The […]

Clinical Documentation and Physician Burnout

Clinical documentation is one of the more tedious tasks that doctors are faced with and is a heavily contributing factor in the rise of physician burnout. In the constantly evolving and data driven world of healthcare, AI is experiencing a boom.  The application of AI technologies is revolutionizing the way clinical documentation can be generated […]

The Doctor Shortage Crunch and Meaningful Time Use.

Today USA is facing a major shortage of doctors. The Association of American Medical Colleges has estimated that by 2025 the doctor shortage in the US will have increased to between between 46,100 and 90,400 doctors! This critical shortage becomes even more pronounced when a physician has to complete documentation in EMR and perform a […]

Rise of the Machines: Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare

When we think of artificial intelligence, the images that come to mind for many of us are probably somewhere along the lines of Rosie from The Jetsons or Arnold in Terminator.  While we’re still most likely several years from sentient household or murder robots, AI is playing an increasingly large role in our everyday lives. One […]

New Medicare Cards from CMS

Medicare is taking steps to remove Social Security numbers from Medicare cards. Through this initiative the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is trying to prevent fraud, fight identity theft and protect essential program funding and the private healthcare and financial information of Medicare beneficiaries. CMS will issue new Medicare cards with a new […]

CMS Releases Lookup Tool to Help Clinicians Determine their MIPS Participation Status

Clinicians can now use an interactive tool on the CMS Quality Payment Program website to determine if they should participate in 2017. To determine your status, enter your national provider identifier (NPI) into the entry field on the tool which can be found on the Quality Payment Program website at https://qpp.cms.gov/. Information will then be […]

MIPS And The Burden Of Performance Measurement

Physician practices face an enormous administrative and financial burden just to report on health care performance measures. This burden predates MACRA, and the legislation actually streamlines some of the reporting burden by combining three previously separate reporting requirements (Physician Quality Reporting System, Value-Based Payment Modifier, and Meaningful Use) into MIPS. However, physicians and their staff […]

HHS Announces New Medicare Alternative Payment Models to Reward Better Care at Lower Cost

Today, the Department of Health & Human Services finalized new Medicare alternative payment models that continue the Administration’s progress in reforming how the health care system pays for care. These new approaches will shift Medicare payments from rewarding quantity to rewarding quality by creating incentives for hospitals and clinicians to work together to avoid complications, avoid preventable […]

Here are 6 points you must read before you hire your next CDI resource


Many CDI Managers insist on having all their CDI staff onsite. Having all your staff in-house in many instances can be counter productive. Here are 6 points on why you should also consider remote CDI specialists in your staffing mix: You will have access to a much larger talent pool to hire from enabling to you hire better […]

Hospital outpatient departments to be impacted significantly by 2017 OPPS Final Rule from CMS

Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released its Final Rule for Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System  OPPS) for CY2017 with significant implications to hospital outpatient departments. Let me first give you the good news. For CY 2017, CMS is updating OPPS rates by 1.65 percent. The change is based on the projected hospital market basket […]

 
 
 
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