Author Archives: James Muir

ICD10 Testing

How to get started with ICD-10 testing

An important part of preparing for ICD10 is testing.  Last year before ICD10 was bumped to October 2015 only a small number of organizations had tested for ICD10.  Are you ready for ICD10 yet?  Here’s how to get started with testing. It may seem a bit too early to start testing your systems for ICD-10…

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A New Forum for Practice Management & Revenue Cycle Vendors

A collective front to improve administrative simplification on the revenue cycle side of things is greatly needed.  The Healthcare Administrative Technology Association (HATA) aims to do just that.  Will practice management vendors collaborate in a vendor neutral, non-profit trade association?  Time will tell, but I for one consider it an excellent and much-needed forum to…

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HIPAA Security Breach

CHS Starts Notification Process Following Huge Breach

Community Health Systems’ massive security breech is sure to create a new round of proposed security compliance regulations on the legislative front.  Because of the requirements in Meaningful Use Stage 2, for better or for worse, every health care provider must contend with security issues.  As the security conversation heats up I’m sure we’ll see…

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‘Proving’ Value

‘Proving’ Value

Keegan makes a great point here.  In addition to getting accredited and showing transparency I curious what you you all feel are ways that we can prove value?  What are your thoughts?  – JM Keegan Bailey Simply saying a healthcare organization provides value is not the same as proving it to patients, payers and employers.…

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Declining Cardiology Reimbursement

Cardiologist compensation declining: 3 things to know

Cardiologists have definitely taken a beating in recent years. Here are 3 things to be aware of per Becker’s. After rising steadily for years, overall cardiology compensation decreased by almost 8 percent from 2012 to 2013, although they remain top earners among subspecialty physicians, according to Medaxiom’s 2014 Provider Compensation & Productivity Report. Here are…

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Mednax buys revenue-cycle company MedData

Consolidation in the revenue cycle management sector continues.  Physician-outsourcing firm Mednax signed a definitive deal Monday to acquire MedData, a company that provides revenue-cycle services to physician groups and hospitals. The deal is a shift for Mednax, based in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., as its recent transactions have involved other physician groups. In April, the company…

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Physician salary offers: 7 statistics

Physician salary offers: 7 statistics

Fascinating metrics on baseline salary offers for the top seven medical specialties. The following are the average base salary offers for Merritt Hawkins’ top seven most-requested physician searches by specialty. The figures are taken from Merritt Hawkins’ ” 2014 Review of Physician and Advanced Practitioner Recruiting Incentives .” Physician salary offers © Copyright ASC COMMUNICATIONS…

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Interoperability

EHR’s Unmet Interoperability Potential

Interoperability is the key to achieving the goal of making patient clinical data ubiquitous.  While EHR adoption is trending upwards the actual exchange of data between parties is still disappointingly low.  Unfortunately interoperability has become a key component in the revenue cycle process as well.  So much so that it has recently hit the ONC’s…

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