GIGO is an acronym from the world of information technology that has made its way into common use. “Garbage in, garbage out” – nowhere is that more true than when you're trying to use data from your EMR to improve the quality of your services. The key to having useful data revolves – as most quality improvement (QI) does – around your people.
The healthcare industry has made several great strides in the past few years and the overall quality of patient care and the better patient outcomes is proof healthcare has changed for the better. A key player in these advancements is EHRs (Electronic Health Records). Listed below are five ways EHRs have changed the healthcare landscape.
Discussions of healthcare needs often focus on the baby boomers, who are living longer but have higher rates of chronic illness. While these patients are certainly important, attracting millennial patients (18 to 34 years old) to your medical practice is essential to develop a strong customer base for the long-term. Managed Healthcare Executive recommends these strategies to capture millennials:
Tomorrow, MediGain’s VP of Marketing Clint Hughes is speaking at the international B2B LeadsCon conference in New York City at the New York Hilton Midtown. His talk, "Lead Acquisition: Finding the Right Prospects," aims to help marketing executives from around the world understand how social, mobile, SEO and lead nurturing can drive client acquisition.
As meaningful use stage 2 requirements come into focus for many practices, physicians and others may wonder about the benefit of patient engagement methods. One benefit beyond incentive payments may be more accurate records. Letting patients see their electronic health records (EHRs) in an unedited form could help improve outcomes, according to a piece at NPR.
At ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) across the country, reporting requirements are changing, according to Becker's ASC Review. This brings new tasks and priorities, and is particularly challenging for those centers that still use paper-based documentation. Mandates related to using electronic healthcare records (EHRs) don't yet apply to ASCs, but adopting an EHR system is a good business decision nonetheless, particularly as reporting requirements change. Here are some tips on how to implement an EHR:
The ICD-10 coding system, to be implemented next year, has many practitioners scratching their heads. According to a new study published in the journal Pediatrics, coding for children's medical issues might be the most confounding task of all. Researchers went through 2,708 ICD-10 codes from the Illinois Medicaid system that were related to pediatricians. They found 26 percent of pediatric codes were "convoluted," which represents 21 percent of patient visits and 16 percent of reimbursements from procedures in the study.
Technical and regulatory transitions like implementing ICD-10 are changing the landscape of medical billing. Updates in technology, the needs of providers and more regulatory changes will continue to alter what medical billing looks like in the future.