ICD-10: Future Impacts on Cardiology 

By Cheryl Iseberg With the new ICD-10 compliance date set as October 1, 2015, heart hospitals need to prepare for change and determine how their cardiovascular service lines will be affected. Below are some of the major documentation changes in ICD-10: For acute myocardial infarctions: The acute phase of MI is now defined as eight weeks instead of four weeks Codes specifying subsequent episodes of care for acute MI are now discontinued There are new unique codes for distinguishing a new acute MI that happens while a patient is still in treatment for an acute MI There is a new combination code for coronary artery disease with angina. In ICD-9, coders had to use two separate codes: “coronary atherosclerosis of native coronary artery” and “intermediate coronary syndrome.” The term “congestive” is now a nonessential modifier for systolic, diastolic, and combined systolic/diastolic heart failure, and only one code is required to describe the specificity and... read more
09/17/2014 Categories: CMS Data Security EHRs ONC

The Latest Big Thing in Healthcare – Data Analytics: What Do You Think?  

One of the major topics in healthcare today is data analytics. According to Healthcare IT News, “…The more information generated by a growing contingency of apps, devices, electronic health records, mHealth sensors and wearables, the broader and stronger the desire for that data becomes,” (June 2014). Most providers want to know how to: 1) efficiently capture all the data they need, and 2) use that data for analytics so they can improve care and grow their business. Now more than ever, providers need to be able to record and store valuable information – and to access that information with ease. It is also critical for providers to have the ability to then create reports that help them understand performance trends, patient outcomes, fluctuation in volumes, and more. We expect that in the near future, data analytics will become increasingly important for: Quality improvement initiatives: Drilling down into problem areas and identifying where improvements can be made—and... read more
09/16/2014 Categories: Analytics National Health IT Week

National Health IT Week: Joining the Conversation 

This week we are celebrating the ninth year of National Health IT Week – a collaboration between healthcare providers, government agencies, payers, research foundations, and healthcare IT vendors designed to raise awareness about the growing role of technology in healthcare. 

Because healthcare in this country is currently undergoing many changes, all of us in the industry need to work together to advance technology that can reduce costs while improving care.

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09/15/2014 Categories: EHRs National Health IT Week ONC

Best of Health IT News: Week of 08/28/14 

Did you have a chance to check out the latest healthcare IT news stories around the Web? We’ve captured the top industry news stories from this week that you won’t want to miss. HHS Names New HealthCare.gov CEO According to Government Health IT, Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell has named the new federal marketplace CEO -- Kevin Counihan, the current CEO of Access Health CT. Counihan's role will be to lead the federal exchange and manage relationships with state-based exchanges. CMS Returns One-Third of Open Payments Data Due to Errors The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) have announced that it has returned one-third of records submitted to manufacturers and group purchasing organizations due to errors. CMS is requiring that flagged records must be corrected and resubmitted in order to ensure that there is accurate information in the Open Payments database. DoD Opens Bidding for Massive EHR and IT Modernization Government Health... read more
08/28/2014 Categories: HIE

Preventing Heart Attacks and Strokes with the Million Hearts Project  

Watch the latest Million Hearts whiteboard animation video, which shows how you can leverage your healthcare IT investments to prevent heart disease and stroke. Million Hearts is a national initiative partnering with other federal organizations, healthcare providers, and private-sector groups with the goal of preventing 1 million heart attacks and strokes by 2017. The video explains how healthcare providers can use the PDSA cycle as a way to plan interventions and drive improved patient outcomes. For more on how your heart hospital can use the PDSA cycle to support quality improvement initiatives, request your complimentary webinar CD: Driving Change in Readmissions and Length of Stay: Proven Performance Improvement Methods. In this webinar, you will learn how to use the PDSA cycle to understand your hospital's data in order to manage readmissions and length of stay. read more
08/25/2014 Categories: Analytics EHRs Health IT Heart Health

Monitor CV Service Line Business Metrics with a Service Line Dashboard 

By Gus Gilbertson In today’s changing healthcare environment, many heart centers struggle to monitor and manage business and clinical performance. To gain actionable program data from a large depository of information, every heart hospital requires a way to access key performance statistics. With this critical information on hand, hospitals can manage the cardiovascular service line and identify areas for improvement. The LUMEDX Service Line Dashboard supports this need by allowing cardiac care leaders to better manage their service lines. Users can: Stay current on changing reimbursement trends in their service organizations Manage costs across the service line Set goals and benchmarks, and receive color-coded feedback regarding actual and target performance levels Track volumes mix, dynamics, and trends across the cardiac service line Manage the broad mix and dynamics of inpatient services by DRG for: Cath CABG, Valve Heart... read more
08/13/2014 Categories: Analytics

Best of Health IT News: Week of 08/07/14 

Did you have a chance to check out the latest healthcare IT news stories around the Web? We’ve captured the top industry news stories from this week that you won’t want to miss. Hospitals' EHR Progress is Tale of Some Progress, Some Inertia: Study According to Modern Healthcare, a recent study in Health Affairs shows that American hospitals fall into three groups when it comes to EHR adoption: high achievers who meet second-stage government standards, those who have adopted a basic or comprehensive record, and a group who has neither a basic nor comprehensive record. ONC Lays Down 10-Year Interoperability Plan Milestones Government Health IT reports that at the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT's monthly HIT Policy Committee meeting, the ONC revealed more details on its 10-year interoperability roadmap, including its goal that by 2017 it will be able to "ensure providers and individuals can send, receive, find, and use a basic set of essential health... read more
08/07/2014 Categories: EHRs HIE ONC

Best of Health IT News: Week of 07/24/14 

Did you have a chance to check out the latest healthcare IT news stories around the Web? We’ve captured the top industry news stories from this week that you won’t want to miss. IT, Patient-Centered Research Key to Pushing Disease Prevention Efforts A recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association argues that information technology and patient-centered research will be critical to supporting disease prevention efforts. The researchers stated that a "widespread uptake" of personalized health technology is necessary to treat diseases including heart disease, cancer, and diabetes. Population Health, Analytics, mHealth Vendors Raise $1.8B in Q2 EHR Intelligence reports that health IT vendors have brought in over $1 billion in venture capital funding in Q2 of 2014. The $2.6 billion raised by health IT companies this year has already surpassed last year's total of $2.2 billion. Mental Health Providers Plead for Meaningful Use Payments... read more
07/24/2014 Categories: Data Security

Best of Health IT News: Week of 07/17/14 

Did you have a chance to check out the latest healthcare IT news stories around the Web? We’ve captured the top industry news stories from this week that you won’t want to miss. 83% of Healthcare Organizations are Using Cloud-Based Apps Today Forbes reports that an overwhelming of healthcare provider organizations report that they are now using cloud services. The data was taken from a HIMSS Analytics' survey of cloud computing adoption, and found that most healthcare organizations are using SaaS-based applications. CDC Patience With Errors From Lab Use of EHRs Growing Thin The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has expressed concerns about errors from EHR use, including hospitals' use of outdated software, lack of consistent codes, and a lack of a central data repository. Why 'Systems Engineering' is Crucial to Healthcare Delivery Transformation A recent report from the President's Council of Advisors on Sicence and Technology (PCAST) cites the... read more