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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How to Work With What You Have

It’s awesome to hear about executive buy-in to improve patient care, but what’s even more exciting is to read stories like this where Rev Cycle/HIM professionals work with what they have to make drastic improvements in a health system. Why? Because it’s rare that I am working with leaders in the industry that have everything…

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Hospital Revenue Cycle Trends to Watch in 2019

“Shrinking reimbursement rates and increasing costs keep hospital and health system CFOs and revenue cycle leaders constantly seeking strategies to improve the financial health of their organizations. Boosting revenue cycle performance is a key imperative for hospital leaders, and they’re implementing new technology and partnering with vendors to navigate the ever-changing reimbursement landscape.” Check out…

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HIPAA Awareness Campaign

Coder Direct has provided a template designed to be sent to your US Congressman and/or your US Senator in regards to the unenforceable laws on records sent overseas. The website also includes linked to find the appropriate representative in your state. It’s important that this message as heard as there is zero protection for PHI…

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$91 Million Case Against Nation’s Largest Insurer is a ‘Clear Win’ for Patients

““That’s the key takeaway, experts say, after a California Supreme Court decision in early January paved the way for the state to collect $91 million in fines from the UnitedHealthcare Group, the nation’s largest insurance company. “It’s a clear win for consumers,” said Ben Handel, a health care economics professor at the University of California, Berkeley. “This…

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ACDIS White Paper – Find the Right Vendor for Your Organization: Best Practices for Getting Started

With the recent OIG Work Plan issued in December, it is more critical than ever that you have the right partner to ensure CDI compliance and program optimization. Norwood has the consultants you need in 2019 whether that’s simply providing a short term contract resource, or a full scale evaluation of your program including policies/procedures,…

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New Legislation Passed in India

It’s just a matter of time before off-shore coding will breach hashtag#HIPPA Privacy Rules and hashtag#PHI to the extent that compliance is unattainable – and that timeline seems to be gaining traction. The Government of India recently passed legislation giving unprecedented authority to government agencies to intercept, monitor, decrypt and seize “any information” generated, transmitted,…

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