Harnessing the power of the discharge summary – www.hcpro.com

Harnessing the power of the discharge summary – www.hcpro.com.

By |April 23rd, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Effective ICD-10 Physician Training-How Do You Define?

ICD-10 Training and Preparation- The Success Factor

The delay in implementation of the ICD-10 classification system is not likely to continue in 2015 with many associations including AHIMA and nearly 100 other physician driven associations offering their support of ICD-10 this time around. Forward thinking providers are beginning to ramp up their preparation and training plans […]

By |March 12th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Eight Principles of Effective Clinical Documentation-Getting Back to the Basics

At a recent conference I attended in Birmingham,AL where I was hosting an open door discussion on Clinical Documentation Best Practices, I posed the question to a group of physicians what constitutes complete, accurate and effective clinical documentation. This opened up a lively discussion that started with there is no such thing as effective clinical […]

By |March 11th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Two-Midnight Policy and Potential Short Stay Payment Solutions

February 13, 2015
Sean Cavanaugh
Deputy Administrator & Director
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Hubert H. Humphrey Building
200 Independence Avenue, S.W., Room 445-G Washington, DC 20201
RE: Two-Midnight Policy and Potential Short Stay Payment Solutions
Dear Mr. Cavanaugh:

On behalf of our nearly 5,000 member hospitals, health systems and other health care organizations,
and our 43,000 individual members, the American Hospital […]

By |February 16th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

When used effectively, discharge summaries reduce hospital readmissions

YaleNews | When used effectively, discharge summaries reduce hospital readmissions.

For heart failure patients making the transition from hospital to home, a discharge summary that gets to their primary doctors quickly and contains detailed and useful information can mean the difference between recovering quickly or returning to the hospital, according to two new studies from Yale […]

By |February 10th, 2015|Documentation Effectiveness, Uncategorized|1 Comment

Readmission Responsibility Extends Beyond Hospitals

Christopher Cheney, for HealthLeaders Media , February 5, 2015
Individual hospital performance accounts for less than half of the variation in pooled readmission rates across the United States, researchers find.
County-based data collected from across the country show hospitals are far from solely responsible for readmission rates.

An analysis of the data, which is slated for publication this […]

By |February 9th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Affordable Care Act’s Hospital Acquired Condition (HAC) Provisions

If you’re not paying attention to the Affordable Care Act’s Hospital Acquired Condition (HAC) provisions, you should be. Based on their performance on Hospital Acquired Condition program measures, 724 hospitals lost a portion of their inpatient reimbursement fiscal year 2015.   The affected hospitals had high incidence rates for tracked HAC conditions, which consist of:

Foreign Object […]

By |February 8th, 2015|Affordable care, HAC, Uncategorized|0 Comments