The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released two tip sheets this week.
They only seem to be in e-mail alerts from CMS so I’m going to post the content here. The first is some basic information on how healthcare providers can prepare to improve clinical documentation:
1. Inventory Systems and Identify Discrepancies: You should review your systems that currently use ICD-9 in order to identify areas in your revenue cycle, reimbursement rates, health information management, electronic medical records, and clinical systems that will eventually use ICD-10.
American Medical Software is pleased to announce the addition of All Care Clinic from Livingston, NJ to the AMS client community. All Care Clinic contacted AMS and scheduled a personalized web demonstration of the AMS system. During the presentation, the provider showed great interest in the amount of customization found within the AMS system and encounter note templates. The provider… Read more →
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT may release draft recommendations for Stage 3 of the meaningful use program by August, according to an iHealthBeat report. During a July 3 meeting, members of the Health IT Policy Committee’s work group announced their plan to develop a Stage 3 draft by August so a request for comment could be… Read more →
In order to receive reimbursement for patient claims, U.S. healthcare providers must begin using a revised global system for classifying medical diagnoses and inpatient procedures by Oct. 1, 2014. While more than two years sounds like plenty of time to implement a new system, the number of possible diagnostic codes will increase dramatically from 14,000 to 68,000, while the number… Read more →
American Medical Software is pleased to announce the addition of Winston Psych Association from Winston-Salem, NC to the AMS client community. Winston Psych Association contacted AMS and sat through a personalized web demonstration of the entire AMS system with our sales representative. The practice discussed just how beneficial the customization of the AMS system and encounter note templates in the… Read more →
A Massachusetts study, published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, suggests that a lower rate of malpractice claims is linked to the use of electronic health records (EHRs). The researchers noted that while EHRs “enhance documentation, make visits more efficient, reduce medication errors, and allow providers to track and manage their entire patient population, some physicians harbor reservations about potential… Read more →
Professional Office Solutions of Shepardsville, KY have received their first “Meaningful Use” stimulus check! This further demonstrates the possibilities of the AMS system. Congratulations Professional Office Solutions, you are an inspiration to physicians nationwide.
HHS’s proposed delay for the ICD-10 transition has spurred both support and criticism from various professional organizations, including the AMA, HIMSS, and the AHA. Despite disagreement on the compliance timeline, most stakeholders agree the new code set will reduce inappropriate coding, facilitate better care management, and improve reporting. Regardless of the deadline, providers and payers are already evaluating potential IT… Read more →