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Testing 1, 2, 3. How to Be Ready for ICD-10 by Leveraging Your 835’s

Posted by Sou Chon Young on May 27, 2015 at 9:00 AM

So, it looks like ICD-10 is finally going to happen. The U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services (HHS) has finalized the previously tentative October 1, 2015 go-live date for ICD-10. Are you ready? Have you done your due diligence and remediated your systems and performed testing? Ideally, you have tested with some of your major payers. If not, here’s a quick punch list to help with your testing. For ease of use, I’ve grouped the list into an internal versus external focus.

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Topics: testing, ICD-10, preparation, 835s

Budgeting for EHR Go-Live: Everything You Wanted to Know but Were Afraid to Ask

Posted by Don Michaels, Ph.D. on May 20, 2015 at 9:00 AM

Budgeting is arguably one of the most crucial parts of any electronic health record (EHR) implementation, whether it is your first go-live or you are moving onto a new system. The pressure to make the process go as smoothly as possible is undeniable. This includes being on budget and having the implementation be on time. Here are some proven tips around budget development that can save you time, money, and the headache of correcting costly mistakes later in the of EHR implementation process.

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Topics: EHR go-live support tips, go-live, EHR, EHR implementation, budgeting, planning

The 6 C’s of Clinical Documentation for Post ICD-10

Posted by Gretchen Dixon on May 13, 2015 at 9:00 AM

While ICD-10 migration can sometimes feel like a test to be graded, it’s more of a process to embrace in the name of better patient care. The ICD-10 deadline, despite its delay, is rapidly approaching and with it comes a number enterprise-wide changes. These changes, of course, include your clinical documentation - otherwise known as the key source of patient services. It also communicates why the patient in there in the first place. Clinical documentation affects three key parts of your organization: patient care, healthcare data and reimbursement. How can your organization harness clinical documentation improvement (CDI) to ensure optimization of ICD-10 utilization? We have six recommendations to consider.

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Topics: clinical documentation, ICD-10, clinical documentation improvement, coding

Post EHR Implementation – 5 Things You Need to Do

Posted by Glenda Wickus on May 6, 2015 at 9:00 AM

Electronic health record (EHR) implementation, planning, training, implementation, scheduling, optimization, planning, implementation, implementation! These concepts seem to be the only words we hear buzzing around our heads when we talk about EHRs. But what about post-live? There seems to be a scarcity of conversation once the initial shock has worn off and routines start emerging. Sometimes just knowing how to use something new isn’t enough. Are you leveraging your new EHR to its full potential? Here’s an easy, low cost checklist to ensure you are optimizing your EHR.

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Topics: training, EHR optimization, EHR implementation, planning

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