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Op-Ed: Forget October 1, Are You Ready for October 15?

Op-Ed Forget October 1, Are You Ready for October 15The following is a guest contributed post from Bonnie Cassidy, senior director of health information management innovation at Nuance.

ICD-10 implementation and planning has been a like a dust storm looming on the horizon: swirling, unpredictable, and a somewhat painful experience. Because of its erratic nature, for the most part, we have all been focused on the challenges of meeting the deadline.  We’ve been preparing, planning, allocating resources, testing, tweaking, and testing again.  But what most of us haven’t been planning for are the days and weeks post October 1.

A few weeks into October, organizations will begin to see the positive and negative impact of the new coding practices and outcomes on their revenue cycle.  With a large-scale transition like ICD-10, and the massive volumes of cases now being coded using the new system, there will be gaps—no matter how well prepared your organization is, we all must carefully examine our plans and processes.

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New National Healthcare Operating Rules Get Green Light for Electronic HIPAA Transactions

New National Healthcare Operating Rules Get Green Light for Electronic HIPAA TransactionsThis morning, the CAQH Committee on Operating Rules for Information Exchange (CORE) today announced the approval of the Phase IV CAQH CORE Operating Rules package for four healthcare business transactions: healthcare claims; prior authorization; employee premium payment; and enrollment and disenrollment in a health plan.

In an effort to ensure that large amounts of data can be shared electronically across the healthcare system, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) mandated national operating rules for the existing HIPAA administrative standards.

According to a provided statement, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) selected CAQH CORE as the “authoring entity to develop those operating rules, which specify the actions needed to ensure uniform, reliable electronic data transmission.”
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FDA Green Lights Mobile Continuous Glucose Monitoring System

FDA Green Lights Mobile Continuous Glucose Monitoring SystemOn Tuesday morning in San Diego, Dexcom — a provider of continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) solutions for patients with diabetes — announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the Dexcom G5 Mobile Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM) System.

With wireless Bluetooth technology built into the device transmitter, the G5 Mobile CGM System “is the first and only fully mobile CGM system approved by the FDA for both adults and children as young as 2 years of age that sends glucose data directly to a smartphone.”

This technology, in short, frees users from the need to carry a separate receiver.
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Maine Board of Licensure in Medicine Releases New Guidelines Designed To Clear Up Any Confusion With Telemedicine Adherence

Maine Board of Licensure in Medicine Releases New Guidelines Designed To Clear Up Any Confusion With Telemedicine AdherenceIn June of 2014, the Maine Board of Licensure in Medicine released their guidelines in regard to telemedicine. While Maine’s approach to telemedicine is flexible and progressive, the original set of guidelines left a bit of gray area. For example, the words “in-person” and “face-to-face” were used interchangeably. While this may not be of consequence in many industries, the difference between the two is substantial in the world of telemedicine.

To clear up the confusion, new guidelines with revised wording have been put in place.

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With The ICD-10 Deadline Three Months Away, Many Providers are Making the Move to iPatientCare EHR Software

With The ICD-10 Deadline Three Months Away, Many Providers are Making the Move to iPatientCare EHR SoftwareIt has been confirmed that the ICD-10 deadline will not be pushed back again. With just three months left before healthcare providers must make the transition from ICD-9 to ICD-10, many providers are finding that they are severely behind schedule.

ICD-10’s expanded codes are currently unavailable in ICD-9, and will have an impact on all areas of coding related to diagnosis and inpatient procedures—and will apply to all providers, not just Medicaid and Medicare providers.

The full transition and integration takes the average healthcare provider multiple months and numerous man hours to complete. Quite a few providers are now scrambling because they are severely behind schedule. An EHR solution, that many providers are turning to, are at the software solutions by iPatient Care. Their Integrated Practice Management and Patient Engagement Solutions are revolutionary, and designed specifically to streamline and map out the best course of action for the ICD-10 transition.

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FDA Green Lights Marketing of Sentrian Remote Patient Intelligence Solution

FDA Green Lights Marketing of Sentrian Remote Patient Intelligence SolutionFDA clearance — it’s not easy to get, but when you manage to get it, it’s a major accomplishment and a critical component in modern healthcare tech marketing.

Sentrian, a Remote Patient Intelligence company, says it has received confirmation from the Food & Drug Administration that its Remote Patient Intelligence solution reportedly meets the definition of a “medical device” for which the FDA intends to exercise “Enforcement Discretion.”

The designation identifies medical devices that “are not subject to further FDA regulatory requirements at this time” and clears the way for Sentrian to immediately begin marketing its RPI solution broadly in the U.S.
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Op-Ed: The Boy Who Cried ICD-10

Op-Ed The Boy Who Cried ICD-10The following is a guest contributed post from Bonnie Cassidy, senior director of health information management (HIM) innovation for Nuance.

I used to tell my daughter the scary story that my dad used to tell my family about the “Boy Who Cried Wolf.”  It is the story of a young man who liked to stir up drama with false rumors about a hungry wolf, so much so that when the townspeople were in actual danger, they didn’t believe him.  While most of the health information technology (HIT) world was at the HIMSS15 convention last week, the Senate unanimously voted, 92-8, to repeal the sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula that adjusts Medicare payments to physicians and effectively put an end to a flawed formula for Medicare payments, as well as any ICD-10 implementation delays.  For more than 20 years, and with three official delays, the industry has been crying wolf, but it now appears that the transition to ICD-10 will indeed occur on October 1, 2015.

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