Health Information Management

Medical Records Briefing, July 2009

HIM Briefings, July 1, 2009

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This month’s expanded issue includes our 4-page quarterly insert about electronic health records that couldn’t come at a more poignant time in light of the plethora of incentives outlined in the economic stimulus plan. Our management matters column features information about what you can expect from RACs in terms of medical record requests—as well as how to manage them. Our coding corner column provides an overview of the 2010 IPPS proposed rule and how having a clinical documentation improvement program could help offset historically low payment rates. Our 4-page quarterly insert covers lifetime EHRs for veterans as well as the importance of establishing a pre-implementation plan when rolling out an EHR. This month’s training tool tackles anatomy and physiology to test coders’ knowledge. Our survey watch column provides information about how to maintain compliance with documentation of history and physicals. This month’s EHR beat column addresses ‘meaningful use’ and what HIM directors can do now to prepare. This month’s idea provides a sneak peak of HCPro’s coder productivity benchmarking survey.

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