Grandma’s Apple Pie.

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Who is baking in your CDI kitchen? In the spirit of our theme for CDI week, “CDI Kitchen: Recipes for a Successful Program”, I was thinking about the perfect recipe for a well-functioning CDI program. So many are searching to fine tune the recipe – to get the consistency just right. Unlike a perfectly measured…

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Can CDI Programs Really Make a Difference?

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I have heard it said that the overall goal of Clinical Documentation Integrity (CDI) is to improve documentation for coding and reimbursement. Even though this is in fact a valued outcome of many CDI programs, I argue that it is not the overarching goal of CDI today. With the ensuing complexity of technology, such as…

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Telehealth Could Grow to a $250B Revenue Opportunity Post COVID-19: Analysis

Pre-COVID-19, the total annual revenues of U.S. telehealth players were an estimated $3 billion, with the largest vendors focused on virtual urgent care. Telehealth is now poised to take a bigger share of the healthcare market as McKinsey estimates that up to $250 billion, or 20% of all Medicare, Medicaid, and commercial outpatient, office, and…

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CMS Wants More Transparency

Just in case you don’t have time to read the 219 page proposal, here are 6 key take aways from the new hospital price transparency rule. It will be interesting to watch how both health systems and consumers respond to the changes. https://www.beckershospitalreview.com/finance/cms-finalizes-hospital-price-transparency-rule-6-things-to-know.html

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Project Nightingale

Interesting read after our Founder just gave two presentations on the future of healthcare and how “traditional healthcare” will be transformed over the next decade. New healthcare entrants including 84% of Fortune 50 companies have their sights set on the $3.5 trillion healthcare industry (18% of GDP). Venture Capital funding has doubled over the past 2 years, and AI investment is seeing an annual growth rate of 40%. Data surpassed O&G as the most valuable asset in our economy 2 years ago, and healthcare is the next big market for these tech giants. With the integration of EMR’s, health systems are very capable of capturing a significant amount of data.

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CMS Final IPPS Rule Changes for 2020

CMS released its annual Inpatient Prospective Payment System final rule Aug. 2, which includes changes to the hospital wage index and raises Medicare payment rates for acute care hospitals. Eight things to know about the final IPPS rule: https://www.beckershospitalreview.com/finance/cms-final-inpatient-payment-rule-for-2020-8-things-to-know.html

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House Votes to Overturn Ban On National Patient Identifier

“The U.S. House of Representatives passed a $99.4 billion HHS appropriations bill with several amendments including reversing a longtime ban on developing a national patient identifier, money for hospital emergency departments dealing with opioid overdoses, and a nod to the anti-vaccination controversy.” Read the full article here: https://www.modernhealthcare.com/politics-policy/house-votes-overturn-ban-national-patient-identifier

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CMS Proposed IPPS Rule Changes for 2020

CMS proposed IPPS rule changes for 2020 are officially out. Here’s a quick read for some key take aways: https://www.beckershospitalreview.com/finance/cms-proposed-inpatient-payment-rule-for-2020-9-things-to-know.html

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