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Four Reasons Healthcare Organizations Need to Simplify the Documentation of the Clinician Diagnosis Process

Finding and selecting the right diagnosis code is critical to both patient care and revenue cycle management. The downstream negative impact of using an unspecified code can touch everything from decision support to reimbursement, compliance, and reporting. In addition, unspecified codes are not as useful for other clinicians needing to review the records and for […]

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CMS Audits Raise the Bar on Patient Communication

Two converging trends are moving patient communication strategies front and center for today’s payers: Consumers are demanding greater control of their healthcare decisions; and regulatory movements are requiring better patient experiences. The equation is simple. When consumers understand both the clinical and financial side of care delivery, they are equipped to make better decisions, ultimately […]

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Unspecified Codes: Know Your Financial Exposure

Three Must-take Steps to Minimize Risk On October 1, 2016, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) wrapped up its one-year grace period for allowing the use of unspecified codes without consequence. The governing body also rolled out its first update to the coding system in four years, including a mammoth 6,000 new codes. […]

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What is Semantic Interoperability?

Without semantic interoperability among disparate healthcare IT systems, sharing data in a useful way is impossible. While a doctor knows that dropsy describes the same illness as congestive heart failure, a computer typically can’t make that type of distinction. Semantic interoperability, however, creates a common vocabulary that paves the way for accurate and reliable communication among computers. […]

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Terminology Server on FHIR at HL7 Connectathon 13

Two weeks ago Health Language attended the HL7 FHIR Connectathon in Baltimore, Maryland.  An impressive 170 individuals were in attendance with 120 individuals participating in the actual Connectathon. This was a new HL7 Connectathon record! The objective of the event was to achieve the goals pre-established for each of the FHIR technology tracts.  The accomplishments of […]

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Is Your Patient Communication Getting Lost in Translation?

Patients are demanding better insights and transparency into their care. They want to be empowered in their decision-making through better information about everything from diagnoses and care plans to quality ratings and cost.[i] Providers and payers understand current market drivers creating the need for better patient experiences. In essence, higher engagement equates to lower costs.[ii] For […]

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New MACRA Measures Sharpen Focus on Semantic Interoperability

Healthcare’s interoperability quest continues to mature, moving the industry closer to semantic interoperability—the highest level of information exchange as defined by the Health Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS). ONC’s recent identification of two metrics to support specific indicators of “widespread interoperability” demonstrate this movement. Responding to directives laid out by The Medicare Access and […]

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The Importance of Standardized Healthcare Terminology

In our previous blog, we discussed the importance of leveraging administrative data for better quality assessment. As the wrap-up to this standards blog series, I want to look back at Crossing the Quality Chasm as a foundational work for improving the quality of healthcare delivery. This paper called not only for better quality but also for a reduction […]

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FHIR: An Evolving Opportunity

Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR®) from Health Level Seven (HL7) is making waves across the healthcare industry. In fact, EHR vendors including Cerner, Epic and Meditech are quickly embracing the next-generation framework for its potential to advance data mobility and interoperability. While still under development, the FHIR framework leverages the latest web standards and applies a […]

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Leveraging Administrative Data for Better Quality Assessment

The Role of Data Collection Standards for Race, Ethnicity, Sex, Primary Language, and Disability Status In this installment of our Terminology Standards series, we will explore the growing need for accurate tracking of patient demographics, evolving industry standards, and additional best practice steps for ensuring data is complete. At a high level, healthcare industry movements aim […]

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