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What One State’s Efforts Can Teach Us About Successful ACOs

There are now nearly 500 Medicare accountable care organizations (ACOs) participating in the Shared Savings Program and the Pioneer ACO Model combined. About one-third of Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), fee-for-service payments are tied to these alternative payment models saving over $411 million for Medicare in just one year….

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Posted In: Best Of, General On: Tuesday, 21 February, 2017

What the Most Efficient Hospitals Know

We’ve written previously about how quality care occurs at the intersection of time and efficiency — interestingly, though, the most efficient hospitals have systems in place that translate directly to high-quality care. The concepts, it seems, are inextricably linked. To wit: Out of nearly 1300 hospitals, the authors chose four hospitals to…

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Posted In: Best Of, General, Quality, Efficiency, Utilization, Queuelogix On: Tuesday, 6 September, 2016
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The Revenue Cycle 3: Submitting Clean ICD-10 Claims

Now that ICD-10 is here, it’s more important than ever that you submit clean claims for services provided to Medicare patients, as well as those with private insurance. Early reports indicate that the denial rate since the transition to ICD-10 is hovering around 10%. That’s at the high end of the industry-average…

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Posted In: Best Of, Compliance, General, Quality, Efficiency, Utilization On: Tuesday, 17 November, 2015
Medical Scribes

Are Medical Scribes Cost-Effective?

Research has shown that using medical scribes confers a laundry list of benefits. Patient satisfaction increaseswhere scribes are used, for a start. Physicians, too, experience an increase in job satisfaction, according to a report in the Annals of Family Medicine — not to mention the time savings they report. One physician says he can now review 15 to 20…

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Posted In: Best Of, General, Quality, Efficiency, Utilization On: Tuesday, 1 September, 2015

The Way to Transform Quality: Innovative Disruption in the Delivery of Healthcare

Sometimes, it’s hard to tell whether healthcare is in such turmoil because the people on the inside of the system — administrators, physicians, nurses — are leading the charge to do more, and more efficiently for a growing number of patients; or if it’s because the institutions outside the system…

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Posted In: Best Of, Future of Healthcare, Quality, Efficiency, Utilization On: Tuesday, 30 June, 2015

6 Ways EHR Might Be Holding You Back

Electronic health records (EHR) are here to stay. There’s even a federal program administered by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to encourage “meaningful use” of digital documentation. On the surface, the idea of implementing EHR is great: issues with illegible handwriting and sharing paper records should be eliminated, and information…

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Posted In: Best Of, General, Quality, Efficiency, Utilization On: Wednesday, 8 April, 2015

4 Keys to Getting the Most Out of Your Documentation

Errors in documentation can occur along the patient trajectory — e.g., the patient doesn’t describe symptoms correctly, medical staff improperly triage the patient, the physician incorrectly interprets symptoms — or along the paper trail. When something is incorrectly entered into the documentation, it is handed through the care pathway, on to…

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Posted In: Best Of, Compliance, Quality, Efficiency, Utilization On: Wednesday, 17 September, 2014
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