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  • CMS, ONC release EHR Incentive Programs and 2015 Edition Health IT Certification proposed rules

    The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) released two proposed rules designed to improve care delivery and experience and enhance the sharing of electronic health information.

  • Q&A: CMS updates pass-through device list

    Q: Did CMS grant pass-through status for any new devices in April? 

  • Tips to reduce medication-related readmissions

    Medication errors or adverse drug interactions are a major cause of hospital readmissions. More people come back to the hospital after discharge due to medication problems than due to any other case. Adverse drug events are often linked to patients that either do not understand or do not following medication instructions, according to The Network for Excellence in Health Innovation.

  • Senators take aim at ONC Interoperability Roadmap

    In a recent Health Affairs blog post, five U.S. senators criticized the Office of the National Coordinator’s (ONC) Interoperability Roadmap and the $35 billion HITECH Act investment. The senators state that there is little evidence that the HITECH Act has lived up to its promises of increasing efficiency, reducing costs, and improving the quality of care.

  • Q&A: Can we code marker placement for a breast biopsy?

    Q: An auditor recently told us to code two CPT® codes for a breast biopsy with placement of a marker. We coded 19125 (excision of breast lesion identified by preoperative placement of radiological marker, open; single lesion), but he said we should also code 19281 (placement of breast localization device[s] [e.g., clip, metallic pellet, wire/needle, radioactive seeds], percutaneous; first lesion, including mammographic guidance). This pair triggers a CCI edit so we stopped coding both pieces last year. What should we be doing?

  • Harnessing the power of the discharge summary

    Studies consistently show that an effective and complete discharge summary, which contains the content required by the Joint Commission, can help patients and prevent readmissions. Effective and complete discharge summaries do this by giving the patient, caregivers, and post-acute care providers the tools they need to address and manage the patient’s care needs, and help to ensure patients get necessary follow-up care.

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