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Podcast: How to Leverage Outsourced Coding to Achieve Your Objectives

Terri Eichelmann, Director of HIM at BJC HealthCare, oversaw an HIM department that was decentralized and was a mix of internal coders and contracted coders from multiple vendors. This presented challenges for both management and the coders themselves. Hear how she centralized coding and established an outsource coding partnership with a vendor that is "almost an extension of us, that we feel is part of our coding team." 

Topics: Outsourcing, Healthcare

Article: Outsourcing coding boosts efficiency, bottom line

Posted by Michael DiMarco

Healthcare organizations of all sizes have long outsourced various functions within their revenue cycle to specialists capable of boosting efficiencies across their operation. Historically, functions that require scale and technology to make them more efficient and effective have been the domain of outsource vendors (e.g., medical advocacy, transcription, and bad-debt collections). However, other areas of the revenue cycle, specifically coding, have a much lower adoption rate. Coding can benefit from scale, technology, and analytics just as much as back-office and patient access functions.

Topics: Outsourcing

Podcast: The Continuing Evolution of HIM

Cortnie Simmons, Director of Strategic Coding at R1 RCM, joins us to talk about the current state of HIM, where HIM is headed, and the current challenges HIM is facing. Hear Cortnie's perspective on the changing roles within HIM, the continuing importance of leveraging the right technologies, and the increased focus on data quality. 

Topics: Healthcare

Podcast: Quality Data Reporting and Meaningful Use of EHR

Posted by Mike Taylor

Diana Flood, Clinical Consultant II at the Oklahoma Foundation for Medical Quality, joins us to talk about quality data reporting and meaningful use of electronic health records (EHR). Diana provides insights on how to keep up with new government regulations and capture the correct data appropriately.

Topics: Healthcare

Podcast: Bridging the Gap Between Coding and Revenue Integrity

Posted by Mike Taylor

Nancy Hirschl, Vice President of HIM at Streamline Health, joins himagine Radio to talk about bridging the gap between coding and revenue integrity. Nancy shares insights on what needs to be done to make the HIM space smarter, work better, and improve results.

Topics: Healthcare

Podcast: Leveraging Information Governance to Enhance Patient Engagement

Posted by Mike Taylor

Cindy Zak, Executive Director at Yale New Haven Health, joins himagine Radio to talk about information governance. Cindy shares insights on how patient engagement and the quality of care influence information governance. 

Topics: Healthcare

Article: A Partnership Approach to a More Powerful Coding Compliance Program

Prior to October 2015, external ICD-9 coding audits were performed primarily for compliance purposes. Ongoing coding audit programs were rare due to the high cost of support and maintenance. However, following the implementation of ICD-10, many hospitals and health systems have stepped up their coding audit efforts. More frequent reviews are now recommended to measure coding accuracy—and for good reason. Coding accuracy has declined in ICD-10.

Topics: Coding Services

Podcast: Putting the Patient in Patient Portals

Posted by Mike Taylor

Seth Katz, MPH, RHIA, FAHIMA, Associate Administrator of Information Management Systems at Truman Medical Centers, joins himagine Radio to share his passion for getting the patient more involed within the patient portal. He offers best practices for patient engagement strategies and receiving feedback.

Topics: Healthcare

Opening the Door to Data Analytics in Medical Coding

Data analytics has moved from IT and finance to the majority of business functions—including clinical coding. Is your organization leveraging analytics? Check out this month's HIM Scene guest blog, authored by Julia Hammerman, Director of Education and Compliance at himagine. Julia's blog explores the importance of analyzing clinical coding data to improve quality, productivity, and compliance.

Topics: Coding Services

Podcast: Productivity Benchmarks...How Does Your Facility Stack Up?

Posted by Mike Taylor

Andrea Romero, Chief Operating Officer at himagine solutions, joins himagine Radio to share coding productivity data himagine has compiled over the past two years encompassing over 1,000 coders and 200 plus facilities across all coding types. Listen to Andrea to learn how your facility measures up to these post ICD-10 benchmarks.

Topics: Healthcare