Upcoming 2018 Cancer Registry Changes

Posted by Gina McNellis, Senior Manager Cancer Registry on Sep 5, 2017 9:05:29 AM

Before we know it 2017 will be wrapping up and 2018 will be upon us. 2018 promises to be a year of change for cancer registry. I believe life favors the prepared so I made a list of projected changes that will hit in the new year. Hopefully this will get you jump started for what is ahead!


Topics: Cancer Registry

Webinar: How to Improve Coding Compliance and Gain Physician Buy-In

Posted by Samantha Champagnie on Aug 29, 2017 9:43:46 AM

Hello himagine blog subscribers! I thought you would be interested in registering for a webinar we are hosting on September 13th. As part of our "Learn from the Pros" series, the session is titled "How to Improve Coding Compliance and Gain Physician Buy-In" and will be hosted by Carla Cashio, Executive Director, Chief Compliance Officer at DeKalb Medical and myself. 

Topics: Coding Services

More than just HCC's: 6 Best Practices for Outpatient CDI

With the current CDI trends shifting from inpatient to outpatient procedures, many facilities are focusing their efforts on Hierarchical Condition Codes (HCC's) as the move to value based care and risk adjustment models continues to evolve. If you are considering implementing an outpatient CDI program you must address gaps in multiple areas, not just HCC's, to optimize your approach. Here is a summary of areas that need to be addressed.

Topics: CDI

ICD-10 QUICK TIPS: Back to School Bugs Part I: What a Pretty Pink Eye you have!

Posted by National Compliance and Quality Audit Team on Aug 17, 2017 8:34:10 AM

This week's post comes from National Compliance and Quality Audit Manager, Sharon Nichols, BSBEB, RHIT, CCS, CHTS-TR.

Topics: ICD-10, Coding

Maximizing resources for ICD-10 coding audits

Posted by admin on Aug 15, 2017 9:09:22 AM

by Julia Hammerman, Director of Education and Compliance, and Sam Champagnie, Senior Director, HIM Operations

The newness and specificity of ICD-10 ushered in a stronger focus on clinical coding audits. From internal reviews to external coding audits, healthcare organiza­tions nationwide are revisiting tried-and-true audit practices with ICD-10 coding quality in mind. Diagno­sis-related group (DRG) validation audits under ICD-10 have also become more strategic to realize revenue cycle success.

Topics: Coding, Audit

Coding Corner: Vaccination Sticking Points

Posted by Barbara A. Taylor, RHIA on Aug 9, 2017 9:01:46 AM

Vaccinations are not only for children. For adults, many childhood vaccinations may have worn off and no longer provide the necessary protection. Also, new vaccines emerge over the years.

Podcast: Insights on ICD-11 and Value Based Care

Posted by admin on Aug 1, 2017 8:03:14 AM

Recently, our CEO, Michael DiMarco, sat down with Lisa Towers, Managing Editor of HFMA, as part of HFMA's Voices of Healthcare Finance podcast series. During this podcast, Michael and Lisa discuss the transition to ICD-10, a forecast for ICD-11, and how the gradual move to value based care impacts the revenue cycle.

Topics: ICD-10

Webinar: 5 Best Practices for Building a HIM Education Platform

Posted by Julia Hammerman, Director of Education and Compliance on Jul 13, 2017 8:24:43 AM

Many facilities and health systems are considering creating their own "coding schools" to provide ongoing education and development opportunities for their HIM professionals to continuously improve quality and to address supply gaps for more complex coding positions. Having established programs both at BJC HealthCare and here at himagine solutions, I have a unique appreciation and understanding of the challenges associated with this endeavor. I plan to share my insights on buildling a HIM education platform in an upcoming webinar. Whether you are developing a platform from the ground up or looking to optimize your current program, I think you will find my session beneficial. I will focus on the following key areas:

Case Study: How Christiana Care Health System Implemented a Successful OP CDI Program

Journal of the American Health Information Management Association (JAHIMA) recently published a case study authored by myself and Karen Frosch, CCS, CCDS, CRC, CPHQ, CDI Project Manager at Christiana Care on their newly implemented Outpatient CDI program.

himagine Blog Survey Results

Posted by Mike Taylor on Jun 22, 2017 7:57:38 AM

Here are the key findings from our recently completed blog survey.