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Posted by SARAH HUMBERT, RHIA, ICD-10 AHIMA CERTIFIED TRAINER, CODING AND COMPLIANCE MANAGER, KIWI-TEK, LLC | June/July 2018
A recent KIWI-TEK brief shed light on how frequently EHRs cause reimbursement backlogs and the magnitude at which they do so. This blog post expands upon that theme, offering three real-life examples of EHRs causing errors in hospital billing departments through increased claims rejections and denials.
Posted by SARAH HUMBERT, RHIA, ICD-10 AHIMA CERTIFIED TRAINER, CODING AND COMPLIANCE MANAGER, KIWI-TEK, LLC | May 2018
Denied claims are a major issue faced by virtually every healthcare organization. Minimizing and managing denials is of the upmost importance, as unchecked denials wreak havoc on a hospital’s financial well-being. While some denials are inevitable, healthcare providers must do everything they can on the front-end to catch improper coding issues and prevent denied claims.
Posted by BILL WAGNER, CHPS, COO, KIWI-TEK, LLC | April 2018
Though the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) was passed by Congress in 1996, it wasn’t until 2003 that the first national data privacy and security rules were issued by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). These include the Privacy Rule, Security Rule and Enforcement Rule.
Posted by SARAH HUMBERT, RHIA, ICD-10 AHIMA CERTIFIED TRAINER, CODING AND COMPLIANCE MANAGER, KIWI-TEK, LLC | March 2018
On February 21, 2018 Temeka Davis, RHIT, and I hosted a webinar on how to correctly code pressure ulcers. This blog lists three important tips from our presentation for proper coding of pressure ulcers.
Posted by SARAH HUMBERT, RHIA, ICD-10 AHIMA CERTIFIED TRAINER, CODING AND COMPLIANCE MANAGER, KIWI-TEK, LLC | March 2018
The implementation of ICD-10 in October 2015 brought many changes to the coding profession. Healthcare organizations assumed that ICD-10 coding productivity and quality rates would fall below those seen with ICD-9. Early on, this prediction proved accurate. However, within the first year of implementation, coding quality steadily increased and came close to matching previous ICD-9 rates.
Posted by CHARLENE M. LAXSON, CCS, CODING MANAGER, KIWI-TEK, LLC | December 2017
A recent survey of HIM professionals confirms what KIWI-TEK coding experts already know—electronic health record (EHR) implementations trigger medical record coding backlogs. During the November 2017 survey, challenges associated with EHR implementation and integration were cited as the top HIM concern by 35 percent of respondents. Specific issues included data integrity, EHR coding workflows, diverse systems and technology changes.
Posted by Sarah Humbert, RHIA, ICD-10 AHIMA CERTIFIED TRAINER, CODING AND COMPLIANCE MANAGER, KIWI-TEK, LLC | 26 October 2017
Complex inpatient encounters often involve new, experimental surgical procedures. Most common in academic medical centers, these cases create hurdles for coders and coding management. Managers may need to forego the push for productivity while coding professionals take time to conduct research, ask questions and assign the correct codes.
Posted by SARAH HUMBERT, RHIA, ICD-10 AHIMA CERTIFIED TRAINER, CODING AND COMPLIANCE MANAGER, KIWI-TEK, LLC | October 2017
HIM Scene, a leading industry blog for health information management professionals, recognizes the need to carefully weigh outsourced coding options in a post ICD-10 environment in their October post. With 70 percent of outsourcing clients expected to extend current outsourcing contracts through 2020 , now is the time to re-evaluate coding partnerships with a careful eye on privacy, security and quality.
Posted by Lisa Hart | HIM Briefings | 17 March 2017
When it comes to using offshore resources, there are several important compliance requirements HIM professionals need to know. These requirements were created by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) a decade ago and apply to the use of offshore contractors for all Medicaid, Medicare, and TRICARE patients.
Posted by BILL WAGNER, CHPS, COO, KIWI-TEK, LLC | 23 January 2017
U.S. healthcare providers have been utilizing offshore medical coding for over 10 years. Its relevance and benefits parallel our healthcare market dynamics. But once where there were reliable-quality offshore coders working at considerably lower rates than domestic coders, now we are encountering less reliable, less experienced and more expensive offshore coding plus an increased availability of quality onshore coders. Let’s see how we got here and where it may lead.
Posted by KIWI-TEK | 24 November 2016
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Posted by BILL WAGNER, CHPS, COO, KIWI-TEK, LLC | 22 February 2016
Next to treatment, medical coding in hospitals and clinics is the keystone of the healthcare system. It meticulously documents the medical procedures to make sure they comply with the insurers’ exhaustively detailed requirements in order for the hospitals and physician’s groups to receive their deserved compensation.Continue reading this article published in Off-to-Collage Board.
Posted by KIWI-TEK | 02 December 2015
Technological advancements in recent years have enabled an increasingly large number of people to work from their home offices. This proves especially relevant to remote medical coding.
Posted by KIWI-TEK | 02 July 2015
It's simply a matter of resource planning. With increasing medical costs and regulations severely challenging profits, where do you allocate your operating budget dollars to obtain the best ROI?