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Are Clinicians Ready for ICD-10 Documentation Requirements?

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The following is an excerpt from an article by Cliff Bleustein, MD, MBA, of Dell Services. This article originally appeared on www.ehrintelligence.com.

ICD-10 Documentation Requirements
Over the past two years, hospitals have invested in modifying applications and workflows to fit the demands of ICD-10. And many have ramped up training on the detailed documentation that the new coding system requires.

But a February survey by the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) indicated that only 10 percent of physician practices were prepared for the change, and a lack of familiarity with the new documentation demands was part of the issue. Documentation remains an Achilles heel for many hospital ICD-10 conversion plans.
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Topics: medical practice management software, icd-10, icd-10 readiness

 

Physician Readiness Should Be a Major Focus of ICD-10 Prep

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The following is an excerpt from an article by Andy Arends of Dell Services. This article originally appeared on Healthcare IT News.
 

Physician-Readiness-Should-Be-a-Major-Focus-of-ICD-10-PrepA February 2014 survey by the Medical Group Management Association indicated that only 10 percent of physician practices were prepared for the ICD-10 conversion, and this lack of provider readiness was a major reason congress pushed back the 2014 deadline. Lacking the expertise in-house and lacking the time and money to seek outside help, many physicians have procrastinated on preparations.

To prevent further delays and to ensure a smooth transition to ICD-10, health plans need to actively engage physicians in their testing process. Even if there are no further delays to ICD-10 implementation – and, indeed, a new compliance deadline of Oct. 1, 2015, has been set - a lack of provider readiness will cause major headaches for health plans.

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How to Improve Your Next Patient Visit in 5 Simple Steps

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how-to-improve-your-next-patient-vist-in-5-simple-stepsAs medical professionals, it’s our responsibility to always strive to do better in how we deliver care to our patients. The more satisfied your patients are, after all, the more likely it will be that they’ll stay with you instead of going with another doctor or another practice.

Read on to learn how you can improve your next patient visit in five simple steps.

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4 Difficult Things Every Medical Professional Can Relate To

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4-Difficult-Things-Every-Medical-Professional-Can-Relate-ToEach profession has its own unique set of characteristics that distinguish it from other industries, and the medical profession is no exception.

One of the benefits of being a member of a professional community like medicine is that you can share common problems and help one another deal with the bad that comes with the good we do each day.

Here are four difficult things every medical professional can certainly relate to.

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3 Healthcare Industry Basics You Should Be Reviewing Constantly

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3-Healthcare-Industry-Basics-You-Should-Be-Reviewing-ConstantlyOnce you attain professional status in healthcare and start focusing on the job ahead of you, it’s possible to become a little complacent about your ongoing education. This can keep you from being as diligent as you would prefer about keeping on top of developments in the industry.

The healthcare industry is constantly evolving, bringing improvements in how we deliver services to patients. Prudent managers and owners of medical organizations will want to address complacency amongst their staff by encouraging each team member to keep current. With that in mind, here are three healthcare industry basics that you should constantly be reviewing.

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4 Things All Patients Want in Their Doctor's Office

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4-things-all-patients-want-in-their-doctors-officeIn any business enterprise, knowing what your customers want is crucial for ensuring the long-term survival of the organization. This is even more true when it comes to medical organizations.

Patients do not have to put up with a doctor’s practice that doesn’t meet their needs, because they typically have a wide variety of options from which to choose.

They can ask friends, family members, and coworkers to recommend a new doctor or even take to social media to ask their online buddies for a more suitable doctor’s office to visit.

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5 Things Really Great Doctors Refuse to Do

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5-Things-Really-Great-Doctors-Refuse-to-DoPutting together a great team for your medical organization takes an enormous amount of time, research, tenacity, and luck, and the most-prepared practices will be rewarded with the opportunity to hire the best available doctors. When you see a doctor operating at the top of his or her game, you can see the greatness in each action, and you should be filled with pride that you have such a talented person on your team.

Great doctors are not defined just by the excellent things they accomplish every day. We also make judgments about them according to the things physicians refrain from doing. Here are five things that really great doctors refuse to do.

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How to Give Your Patients Exactly What They Want

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How-to-Give-Your-Patients-Exactly-What-They-WantYou and your team have worked long and hard to build up a successful medical practice, and you recognize that it is crucial to maintain high standards of quality in the healthcare services you provide. You also know that it takes time, effort, and good sense of what your patients want to ensure that they will continue to be loyal to your practice.

If you don’t know what your patients want, how can you be assured that you are doing what it takes to retain them? With these issues in mind, here are some tips to help you give your patients exactly what they want.

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Why Medical Professionals Prefer EHR Systems Over Paper-Based Systems

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Why-Medical-Professionals-Prefer-EHR-Systems-Over-Paper-Based-SystemsDespite the prevalence of computers in the workplace, not every medical practice has made the transition from paper-based systems to electronic health record systems. In all likelihood, those who continue to rely on paper-based systems may simply not be aware of the benefits of using EHR software.

However, once you take a moment to compare medical software solutions over the antiquated use of paper records, you’ll see the reasons why medical professionals would want to use a computerized approach.

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How to Preserve Patient Relationships in the Busy Work World

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how-to-preserve-patient-relationships-in-the-busy-work-worldIt seems that people are busier than ever these days, with their attention constantly shifting between the requirements of work, family, and other priorities. The busier people are, the less energy they typically have available to devote to cultivating relationships.

However, as the owner or manager of a thriving medical practice, you know just how important and valuable each relationship is with your patients. It takes time and effort to begin a relationship with each new person who comes into your practice, and you don’t want to waste that by failing to cultivate it.

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