Apr 16th, 2013
Logical Observation Identifiers Names and Codes (LOINC) are a key component of electronic health records (EHRs) and work in concert with other clinical vocabularies in a variety of healthcare applications. AAPC’s Patricia S. Wilson, RT(R), CPC, PMP, recently published an article with Amy Sheide, RN, BSN, MPH, in the Journal of AHIMA, in which they ...
Feb 15th, 2013
With so many Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) changes coming down the pike, it’s a great time to look at how privacy and security laws may impact your practice and compliance plan. In a recent U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) press release, HIPAA expands the individual rights of patients to ...
May 1st, 2012
Better Documentation + Better Compliance = Better Quality of Care By Richard Skaff Behavioral health has struggled with regulatory compliance, including documentation, billing and coding, treatment plans, and medical necessity. A “top down” approach to address shortcomings in behavioral health practice and diagnostics is the ultimate solution, but common sense and improved documentation will go ...
Feb 1st, 2011
Don’t let the point-and-click mentality entice your time-pressed provider. By Holly J. Cassano, CPC Electronic health records (EHRs) promise to make the patient chart more inclusive, more legible, and faster to document. These advantages alleviate many of the headaches of paper charting. On the flip side—or the “dark side,” as I call it—the ease with ...
Aug 27th, 2010
Core Clinical Quality Measures for Eligible Physicians (EPs) To demonstrate meaningful use of electronic health records (EHRs) under the Final Rule, EPs must report six clinical quality measures. Of these, three are “core” quality measures, which include: Hypertension: Blood Pressure Measurement Preventive Care and Screening Measure Pair: a. Tobacco Use Assessment b. Tobacco Cessation Intervention ...