Coding Productivity During ICD-10 Transition Matters. Practical Resource for Local Health Departments ICD10 are you there yetAs the October 1st ICD-10 changeover date quickly approaches, people are on edge about what to expect. While the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the American Medical Association (AMA) have added flexibility in the claims audit and quality reporting processes, the problems remain about other issues, mostly the readiness factors (i.e. coder ... Read more...

Patagonia Health EHR; Making things easier for healthcare professionals Taking the load offIn a report published by the American Medical Informatics Association’s (AMIA) EHR 2020 Task Force, they summarize their position on the status and future direction of Electronic Health Records (EHRs). Adoption of federally certified EHR has increased and significant benefits have been achieved by clinics. Users of EHRs have seen benefits in the area of ... Read more...

What is Health Information Exchange and Why is it Important for EHR use? HIE Cloud w EHRsElectronic Health Records (EHRs) have become a very important and integral part of the healthcare system. Despite the initial hesitation to switch to the EHR, overwhelming majority of organizations which have switched to EHR cannot imagine going back to paper. EHRs improve efficiency and increase reimbursements while improving patient care. As providers become more fluent ... Read more...

Three key steps to get EHR incentives for local health departments. Do not miss out. Understand Comply ApplyThe Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) EHR incentives for eligible entities, like local health departments, are quite easy to get. For Medicaid, Eligible Providers (EPs) (MD, NP or certified midwife, providing direct patient care, qualify) can get the EHR incentives. Each EP can get a total of $63,750 over a period of six ... Read more...

Now that you have an Electronic Health Record, what is your strategy for scanning medical records? Paper FilesAll local health departments and private practices have old paper charts. As part of the implementation and training process, your EHR vendor should work with you to define an appropriate scanning strategy/approach. Based on the volume of scanning involved, most health organizations purchase or use office scanners which meet their needs of speed, efficiency and ... Read more...