Hospital Outpatient Departments: Effective July 1, 2020 you must request prior authorization for certain hospital Outpatient Department (OPD) services

For dates of service beginning July 1, 2020, you must request prior authorization for the following hospital Outpatient Department (OPD) services: Blepharoplasty Botulinum toxin injections (when paired with specific procedure codes) Panniculectomy Rhinoplasty Vein ablation Medical necessity documentation requirements remain the same and hospital OPDs will receive a decision within 10 days. While only the […]

Saince announces the launch of tele-medicine feature within its clinical documentation solution

Doc-U-Scribe clinical documentation solution now comes integrated with tele-medicine workflow. Physicians and administrators can create tele-consultation sessions with patients seamlessly from within the application. This process eliminates the need for providers to use separate solutions – one for clinical documentation and another for video session. The COVID-19 public health crisis has accelerated the use of […]

Pandemic – Peril and the promise

The world right now is hurting. And it is hurting really bad. There is a lot of physical, emotional, and economic pain all around. This pain is accentuated with fear. Fear of facing the unknown. Fear of being helpless. Health workers are helplessly watching their patients die in front of their eyes. Children are helplessly […]

When Pursuing CDI, Using Risk Adjustment Is Vital

As healthcare has moved away from fee-for-service reimbursement models toward a more value-based system, the idea of using risk adjustment to account for individual patient risk and chronic conditions has become far more important for providers seeking to maximize quality of care. In today’s healthcare environment, providers are often required to fight simultaneous battles on […]

Study: Burnout is a Public Health Crisis, Support and Easing EHR Usability Should Be the Focus

Sooner or later, the consequences of physician burnout will hit everyone where it hurts, a new study highlights. The report from Harvard’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health, the Harvard Global Institute, the Massachusetts Medical Society, and the Massachusetts Health and Hospital Association examines the many burdens today’s doctors face, often in the absence of […]

When Pursuing CDI, Using Risk Adjustment Is Vital

Power Speak - Speech Recognition and Reporting Software

As healthcare has moved away from fee-for-service reimbursement models toward a more value-based system, the idea of using risk adjustment to account for individual patient risk and chronic conditions has become far more important for providers seeking to maximize the quality of care.   In today’s healthcare environment, providers are often required to fight simultaneous […]

Dictation: Giving Physicians a Break While Avoiding Costly Medical Errors


Overworked professionals, regardless of industry, are far more likely to make mistakes. For medical professionals, however, particularly when it comes to documentation, those mistakes risk profound repercussions for both medical providers and their patients. They’re also notoriously difficult to correct once they’ve been made.   Earlier this year, researchers from Johns Hopkins released a report […]

EHRs, Documentation Leading to a Physician Burnout Crisis

Dictation and Transcription Improvements Cited as No. 1 Fix by Docs When they were kids thinking about their future career, physicians didn’t dream of taking care of administrative record-keeping. They dreamed about taking care of patients. But extensive documentation fatigue has become a leading concern for the healthcare industry. Just this week, the U.S. Department […]

Getting CDI Compliance Right From the Start

For decades, countless market observers have warned of turmoil in the healthcare space. The upheaval and endless changes have created a cacophony of compliance requirements that leave healthcare providers—both new players and those pursuing improvements—scratching their heads about where to begin.   Organizations focusing on clinical documentation improvement (CDI) must foster an environment of effective […]

Safeguarding Cyber security Amid CDI Efforts

Original: Cyber security, Coding and CDI. Best practices to ensure best practices for cyber security are employed.   To say that the present state of healthcare cyber security poses a challenge for organizations undertaking clinical documentation improvement (CDI) efforts is a drastic understatement. Under the ever-present specter of costly cyber attacks, providers across the country […]