Infographic: ICD-10 Could Help Track Ebola Outbreak

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As the Ebola outbreak heightens after a Dallas nurse was diagnosed with the virus after caring for Ebola victim Thomas Eric Duncan before he died at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital reveals a brewing public health concern. Currently, there is no specific ICD-9 code for Ebola and is classified as 078.89, Other specified diseases due to viruses.  The lack of specificity in patient data limits the U.S.'s ability to immediately track and respond to the Ebola outbreak from a public health
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mHealth: The Most Underutilized Force in Patient Engagement?

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When was the last time you touched your cell phone? Did you just look at it sitting next to you or feel for it in your pocket? Maybe you're already reading this article right now on your phone. The latest craze over the release of the iPhone 6 has just proven again how much people love their phones. Hundreds of people waited in lines for hours or even slept overnight trying to be one of the first to get their hands on Apple's latest design. More than 10 million phones were sold over the debut
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Pioneer ACOs Dropout: Why Are Providers Leaving in Droves?

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What is driving the high Pioneer ACOs dropout rate? Laura Beerman, Director at Decision Resources Group (DRG) explains the key drivers behind the trend. Three years ago, CMS launched the Pioneer ACO program with 32 healthcare organizations designed to work in coordination with private payers by aligning provider incentives, which will improve quality and health outcomes for patients across the ACO, and achieve cost savings for Medicare, employers and patients. Today, only 19 providers
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Sytrue Partners with XIFIN to Improve Billing Practices & Enhance Reimbursement

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SyTrue, Inc., a healthcare information services provider and developer of proprietary technologies used to translate unstructured medical data into useable clinical information, announced today it has entered into a multi-year agreement with XIFIN Inc., a leading provider of financial and health economic optimization solutions for diagnostic service providers. The three-year agreement initially supports two service areas: First, XIFIN will use SyTrue’s innovative patent-pending technologies
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ICD-10: Bracing for Minimal Disruption to Your Healthcare Organization

ICD-10 Bracing for Minimal Disruption to Your Healthcare Organization

ICD-10 is the largest healthcare mandate in history: Are You Ready? Many in healthcare are focused on meeting the requirements of the Affordable Care Act, but ask clinicians and they will tell you it is the upcoming conversion to ICD-10 that has their undivided attention. Why? - The precision documentation requirements are exponentially higher than what was required by ICD-9 - For the first time, ICD-10 puts the responsibility for accurate coding solely in the hands of the physician. -
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Nuances Launches Clintegrity 360 Compliance Services at AHIMA 2014

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Today at AHIMA, Nuance announced the expansion of its healthcare consulting services to help organizations more holistically respond to compliance, physician engagement, ICD-10, and shifting payment models. The newest offering, Clintegrity 360 | Compliance Services, provides the management tools and training required to effectively monitor complex coding requirements, and leverage technology to avoid issues that may affect the reliability of hospital reimbursement. Nuance Clintegrity 360 |
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Value-Based Arrangements: 41% of Physicians Distrust Payers

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According the recently conducted 2014 FTI Consulting Payer-Provider Survey, 41 percent of physicians not currently in a value-based arrangements say their biggest obstacle to entering into one is their distrust of payers. The study also found that only 16 percent of all physicians surveyed were willing to accept the financial risk – a key element of many value-based relationships sought by insurers. This lack of trust will be a huge hurdle for payers to overcome as they often cite physician
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WEDI Survey Reveals ICD-10 Delay Negatively Impacted Provider Readiness

WEDI Survey Reveals ICD-10 Delay Negatively Impacted Provider Readiness

The ICD-10 delay to October 1, 2015 has negatively impacted provider progress causing two-thirds of providers to slow down efforts or place them on hold altogether, according to recent Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI) industry preparedness survey results. The survey reveals that while the ICD-10 delay was supposed to provide healthcare organizations more time to be prepared to the ICD-10, many organizations are failing to take advantage of the additional time. 
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10 Harbingers of Disruptive Change in Healthcare

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As the global market for drugs surpasses $1 trillion this year, growing payer scrutiny of value for money is just one of the factors that will drive disruptive change in the use of medicines over the next decade. The ten harbingers of change identified by the IMS Institute reflect the deep and rapid changes in the global health sector that are upending business models and forcing all stakeholders to re-evaluate their approaches to bringing healthcare to patients. They point to a future of
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Value-Based Health Care is Antithetic to Patient-Centered Care

Value-Based Health Care is Antithetic to Patient-Centered Care

Value-based health care is antithetic to patient-centered care. Value-based health care is also diametrically opposed to excellence, transparency and competitive markets. And value-based health care is a shrewdly selected and disingenuously applied misnomer. Value-based pricing is not a health-care innovation. Value-based pricing is why a plastic cup filled with tepid beer costs $8 at the ballpark, why a pack of gum costs $2.50 at the airport and why an Under Armour pair of socks costs $15.
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