4 Factors to Consider for Optimizing CDI Workflows and Reporting

In recent years, the evolution of healthcare regulations has driven care away from the inpatient setting, while simultaneously increasing administrative and clinical documentation burdens for providers. As a result, many healthcare organizations have started expanding their clinical documentation improvement (CDI) efforts to outpatient settings by finding opportunities for increased reimbursement, enhanced quality, and improved patient […]

Better Outpatient CDI For Emergency Care, Wound Care and Total Knee Replacement

As care is increasingly delivered in an outpatient setting, it is critical that clinical documentation improvement (CDI) programs are developed to ensure compensation for care. “Clinical documentation is at the core of every patient encounter,” says the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). The association goes on to say that a meaningful documentation process must […]

CMS Announces Release of 2018 National Impact Assessment of Quality Measures Report

Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) conducts and publishes an assessment of the quality and efficiency impact of the use of endorsed measures in CMS programs every three years as required by statute.  The first report was published March 1, 2012 and the 2018 Impact Assessment Report is the third such report.   The data-driven results […]

CMS introduces new payment model for both inpatient and outpatient care

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the launch of a new voluntary bundled payment model called Bundled Payments for Care Improvement Advanced (BPCI Advanced). Under traditional fee-for-service payment, Medicare pays providers for each individual service they perform. Under this bundled payment model, participants can earn additional payment if all expenditures for a […]

Hospital OPPS and ASC Payment System and Quality Reporting Programs Changes for 2018

On November 1, CMS issued the CY 2018 Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) and Ambulatory Surgical Center (ASC) Payment System final rule with comment period, which includes updates to the 2018 rates and quality provisions and other policy changes. CMS adopted a number of policies that will support care delivery; reduce burdens for health […]

Physician Fee Schedule Final Policy for Calendar Year 2018

On November 2, CMS issued a final rule that includes updates to payment policies, payment rates, and quality provisions for services furnished under the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) on or after January 1, 2018. The overall update to payments under the PFS based on the finalized CY 2018 rates will be +0.41 percent. This […]

Highlights of Quality Payment Program for Year 2 (Calendar Year 2018) Under MACRA

Here are the highlights of the Final Rule for QPP for Year 2 under MACRA as announced by CMS yesterday: • Weighting the MIPS Cost performance category to 10% of your total MIPS final score, and the Quality performance category to 50%. • Raising the MIPS performance threshold to 15 points in Year 2 (from […]

EMRs Taking Away Close to One-Third of Physicians’ Work Time – AMA

The EMR Time Crunch A common complaint among physicians across practices and specialties has been the amount of time that was previously spent attending to patients is now being occupied by clinical documentation.  These time disparities can have adverse effects on physician-patient relationships, and also limit the number of patients able to receive care from […]

The Prevalence and Consequences of Medical Errors in American Medicine

Part I There are numerous records that we maintain, or are maintained on us, over the course of our lives.  Our school records track our grades and accolades. Our public records track our civic life and criminality. Our resumes document our accomplishments and abilities.  And our medical records compile the history of our overall health […]

SAINCE TO PARTICIPATE IN THE 89TH ANNUAL AHIMA CONVENTION AND EXHIBIT

Saince Will Be Exhibiting Several of Its Clinical Documentation Solutions at This Year’s Convention in Los Angeles, CA – October 7-11 Alpharetta, GA, October 2, 2017– In the ever-changing world of value based healthcare, hospitals and health systems are scrambling to keep up with the rapid shift from predominantly inpatient revenues to outpatient revenues. In […]