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Publication: Journal of AHIMA
A SUCCESSFUL DECOMMISSIONING project depends upon collaboration, leadership, and retention practices based on an enterprise approach to information governance and management. For organizations that have not established retention policies, best practices may emerge along with lessons learned during the conversion to new systems. Proactive planning, however, is best. This article chronicles the journey of Denver Health and the complexities the organization faced when decommissioning legacy systems, and offers best practices for others to follow. | Read More.
Publication: ICD10 Monitor
While you may have dedicated CPT coders for interventional cardiology and vascular interventional radiology for outpatient coding, you may not have considered the importance of doing the same for inpatient ICD-10-PCS coding. | Read More.
As the healthcare industry moves toward value-based payment, making the shift from denial management to denial prevention is essential. Provider organizations are now realizing the importance of a proactive approach that prevents initial denials at the beginning of the revenue cycle. | Read More.
Publication: For The Record
The past three years witnessed tremendous growth in the use of computer-assisted coding (CAC) systems. Many hospitals and health systems decided to move forward with CAC implementations during repeated ICD-10 delays. In fact, according to a 2017 WinterGreen Research report, the overall CAC industry is expected to see continued adoption with the overall market rising to $5.1 billion by 2023. | Read More.
Publication: NEC Podcast
Mary Beth Haugen, MS, RHIA, is founder and CEO of The Haugen Consulting Group and Haugen Academy, based in Denver, Colorado. She has over 25 years of experience in Health Information Management. Prior to launching Haugen Consulting Group, Mary Beth held leadership roles in Information Services and HIM in a variety of healthcare settings. | Read More.
The LEADERSHIP AWARD honors those individuals or groups who have provided outstanding
service as leaders; demonstrated ongoing leadership competency with the Association and
the HIM profession; adhered to and advocated for the AHIMA Code of Ethics, and other
appropriate codes of conduct; valued honesty, integrity and transparency and worked as
team players/collaborators; been recognized as a qualified authority in the HIM profession;
and presented a positive professional image for the Association and the profession. | Read More.
Can you explain where in the clinical documentation it would be acceptable to report from for hierarchical condition category (HCC) purposes? Would you code from history of present illness, past medical history, active problem list, or the assessment? | Read More.
In the outpatient world, physicians are accustomed to seeing services as the key to reimbursement, but as healthcare shifts toward value-based care, severity and outcomes will increasingly factor into reimbursement as well. | Read More.
Publication: MGMA Connection
Medicare covers a range of preventive services to promote health by identifying and addressing problems early on when treatment is most effective. However, many eligible patients and some providers may not be fully aware of the benefits described in Your Guide to Medicare’s Preventive Services. | Read More.
Publication: ICD10 Monitor
As coders, we often face dilemmas without benefit of clear guidance, creating the feeling of being pulled in different directions. In today’s audit environment, coders need practical solutions to succeed in a setting of conflicting expectations. This article focuses on coding and clinical criteria dilemmas, and the value of having a facility policy for coding in these situations. | Read More.