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Coding Quality Is Priority #1

Posted by Andrea Romero, RHIA, Chief Operating Officer on Nov 1, 2016 4:21:44 PM

In 2015, himagine conducted its inaugural HIM Benchmark Survey in the midst of the preparation for ICD-10. At the time, approximately 56% of respondents reported that they planned to outsource at least a portion of their coding. In our 2016 survey, 63% of respondents indicated that they outsource, making it clear that most healthcare providers currently rely on some coding vendor resources and will likely continue to work with outsourced coders going forward.

Topics: Coding, Outsourcing, Quality

himagine CEO Michael DiMarco Talks Coding and the Third-Party Option

Posted by Mike Taylor on Jun 20, 2016 10:12:38 AM

The following information comes from the June 2016 issue of For the Record  magazine. 

As outsourcing models gain a foothold, health care organizations weigh the pros and cons.

Outsourced models are increasingly recognized as an attractive and viable option for a number of operational areas within health care organizations.  In line with this trend, many organizations are considering the potential of moving either some or all of the coding function to a third-party service provider.

Topics: Coding, Outsourcing

CASE STUDY: Navigate New Code Sets with Managed Coding

Posted by Andrea Romero, RHIA, Chief Operating Officer on Mar 30, 2016 11:59:36 AM

April 1st officially marks six months since the transition to ICD-10.  While we’ve had six months to adapt to the effects of the new coding set, we only have six more before the continued expansion of the ICD code set takes effect when the partial freeze on updates implemented by CMS is lifted.  This expansion will introduce another 1,900 diagnostic codes, 3,651 inpatient procedure codes, and 487 revised code titles.  Come October 1st 2016, the HIM industry will again experience sweeping changes in medical coding making highly trained medical coders more desirable and the “great coder shortage” more daunting.  

Topics: ICD-10, Coding, Outsourcing

Case Study: Why Managed Coding Is Key to Coder Retention

Posted by Andrea Romero, RHIA, Chief Operating Officer on Mar 7, 2016 10:18:24 AM

An experienced medical coder brings not only enhanced productivity due to application of appropriate codes, but also knowledge of the diagnosis and procedure coding proclivities used by an organization’s healthcare professionals.  They are also able to identify potential red flags and other nuances that can affect reimbursement.  The benefits of working with highly trained coders are obvious as are the disadvantages of losing such coders; coder turnover disrupts productivity, which can lead to coding backlogs and increased DNFB along with higher administrative costs associated with backfilling open positions.

Topics: Coding, Outsourcing

Case Study: Improve Quality with Enterprise Coding

Posted by Michael DiMarco on Feb 1, 2016 11:15:55 AM

In a previous blog post, I discussed the ways in which the current healthcare industry outsource coding model delivers a suboptimal result for hospitals.  In that piece, I highlighted some of the underlying perceptions and realities of the traditional staffing model in comparison to a managed coding solution which I believed would provide a better way for facilities to meet their outsourcing needs.  In January 2015, we launched Enterprise HIM as a solution for our clients.  One year later, we have completed our first Enterprise HIM Case study which showcases the value a well-designed and executed managed coding solution can deliver to providers.

Topics: Coding, Outsourcing, Quality

Benchmark Report: Need for Registry Outsourcing?

Posted by Dianne Cleveland on Dec 14, 2015 10:00:00 AM

In October, we launched the inaugural HIM Benchmark Report using data we gathered from over 140 HIM leadership professionals. Since that time, the findings of that report have allowed healthcare leaders to see the “big picture” in HIM by showing a broader view of management approaches and outsourcing trends across our industry.

Topics: Outsourcing

After ICD-10, the CDI World has become Data Driven and High Tech

Posted by Pamela Hess on Nov 30, 2015 10:00:00 AM

Now that the smoke has cleared from the transition to ICD-10-CM/PCS, the healthcare industry is taking stock of how the transition changed the industry landscape.

Topics: Outsourcing

Report: Key Insights on Outsourced Coding

Posted by Michael DiMarco on Nov 16, 2015 10:25:50 AM

Last month, we launched the Inaugural HIM Benchmark Report which was designed to allow those in our industry to see the “big picture” in HIM.  The data we gathered from over 140 HIM leadership professionals has helped us evaluate the HIM marketplace more broadly so we can better inform you about current topics and trends and provide you with a benchmark of how your department compares to others across the country in a variety of key areas.

Topics: Outsourcing

THE FIRST LOOK: EARLY INSIGHTS ON ICD-10 PRODUCTIVITY

Posted by Andrea Romero, RHIA, Chief Operating Officer on Nov 2, 2015 9:26:03 AM

We, at himagine solutions, have admittedly been busy over the last few weeks with ICD-10 related activities as I am sure you have as well.  We did find some time however to launch our Inaugural HIM Benchmark Report with the aim of better informing the HIM community about the modern day opportunities and challenges effecting their facilities.  We surveyed 140 HIM Leaders on everything from the challenges facing their HIM Department to details on how they manage outsource vendors.

We are proud to now be able to share the results of that report, along with some of our additional insights, with you.

Topics: Outsourcing

3 Predictions for Life After ICD-10

Posted by Andrea Romero, RHIA, Chief Operating Officer on Aug 31, 2015 3:00:48 PM

We have less than 30 days before ICD-10 goes live.  Systems have been tested, staff have been trained, and backup plans have been put in place.  Now it’s time to look forward to life after 10/1.

Topics: Outsourcing