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CODESMART Plans for ICD-10 Deadline Extension

CODESMART, a premier ICD-10 education and solutions group that offers CODESMART UNIVERSITY, its online education solution and customizable training solutions, announced its plan for the ICD-10 deadline extension to Oct. 1, 2015.The results of the delay will open doors to a wider customer base representing a majority market share that has not even begun their transition to ICD-10 and gives the industry the necessary amount of time to prepare. Ultimately, this should create a better healthcare system."We ...

Posted on: April 16, 2014
Quest Diagnostics Provides Lab Data Access to All

For the first time, Americans nationwide can directly access their personal laboratory data through Quest Diagnostics, the world's leading provider of diagnostic information services. Quest Diagnostics provides diagnostic information services to about 30% of American adults each year.Under a federal rule that went into effect on April 7, patients can now view test results from diagnostic information service providers without first being authorized by a physician. The rule issued by the U.S. Department of ...

Posted on: April 15, 2014
EDCO Promotes from Within, Names new VP

EDCO Health Information Solutions is pleased to announce the promotion of Andy Williams to Vice President of Business Quality & Process Improvement.Throughout the past two years as the Director of Field Operations, Williams demonstrated his ability to collaborate with EDCO's Senior Leadership Team to create innovative process improvements, and has successfully operationalized those ideas. In addition to his current responsibilities, Williams will now lead nationwide operational quality and efficiency ...

Posted on: April 14, 2014
Nuance Names New President

Nuance Communications, Inc. today announced that it has named Trace Devanny as president of Nuance's Healthcare business. Devanny will oversee Nuance's largest division and lead its efforts to deliver a more seamless approach for healthcare professionals to document, share and use clinical information. He will report to Paul Ricci, Nuance chairman and CEO."Our healthcare business presents a significant opportunity for innovation, leadership and growth in today's dynamic healthcare environment," said Paul ...

Posted on: April 13, 2014
Borgess Health Receives $9M Revenue Increase

Nuance Communications, Inc. today announced that Borgess Health, which provides care to nearly one million people across southwest Michigan, has secured $9 million in additional appropriate revenue within one year of implementing the Nuance Compliant Documentation Management Program (CDMP), part of the Nuance Clintegrity 360 | CDI solution. Supported by clear, measurable and compliant clinical documentation improvement (CDI) guidelines, and expert training and technology from Nuance, Borgess improved the ...

Posted on: April 12, 2014
Canadian Patent Awarded to EDCO for Solarity

In February 2014, EDCO Health Information Solutions was awarded patent number 2,606,033 from the Canadian Intellectual Property Office for its medical record scanning and indexing technology, called Solarity. This technology improves efficiency and quality of the medical record scanning process, and does not require the manual separation of documents or use of labels, such as bar codes or form templates. "It's very encouraging that the Canadian Intellectual Property Office has acknowledged that the ...

Posted on: April 11, 2014
Newly Launched CollectiveIQ to Help Increase Collections

CareCloud, the leading provider of cloud-based practice management, electronic health records (EHR), and medical billing software and services, recently announced the availability of its new billing rules platform, CareCloud CollectiveIQ. This advanced collection of automated billing rules -- built in part upon the content of industry leaders - is embedded within the CareCloud platform to help medical practices and enterprises increase collections and margins through faster, more accurate claims ...

Posted on: April 10, 2014
Electronic Medication Alert Changes to Reduce Prescribing Errors

Changing how medication alerts are presented in electronic medical records resulted in safer prescribing, increased efficiency and reduced workload for health care providers who placed drug orders in a study published online in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association."The VA electronic medical record system is one of the most widely used and respected EMR systems in the country," said Alissa L. Russ, Ph.D., a human factors engineer who led the study. "This EMR is used by providers at ...

Posted on: April 09, 2014
Zoeticx Server Unifies EHRs for Better Patient Outcomes

Zoeticx, Inc., the developer of medical software that bridges the gap between medical data and quality patient care, today introduced a software architecture that provides ambulatory and non-ambulatory care facilities with a single platform for universal EHR connectivity. The platform is designed as the antidote to the lack of interoperability between proprietary (EHR) software deployed at most medical facilities.Zoeticx's Healthcare Oriented Architecture (HOA) is middleware software that enables medical ...

Posted on: April 08, 2014
AHDPG Acquires Coding Coaches for Online Training and Services

"Change in healthcare is everywhere. With the required conversion to ICD-10.the nation's move to electronic health records and the launch of the Affordable Care Act is driving significant change in healthcare delivery and how healthcare organizations bill and get paid. With change comes opportunity for both individuals and organizations willing to embrace it. Many organizations are just now realizing the true scope and complexity needed to successfully navigate this endeavor," said Doug Palmer, CCS-P, and ...

Posted on: April 07, 2014
eCardio Highlights EHR Integration Expertise

eCardio Diagnostics (, a leader in remote arrhythmia monitoring services, will highlight its expertise for integrating its services with customers' existing electronic health records (EHR) systems at upcoming conferences.For the past four years, eCardio has partnered with hospitals and practices across the nation to integrate the processes and reports associated with remote cardiac monitoring into their established systems in an effort to minimize redundancies and improve speed to ...

Posted on: April 06, 2014
Precyse University Partners with Athenahealth

Precyse University, the most innovative, complete and widely adopted on-site, online and mobile ICD-10 education solution, available exclusively through HealthStream, today announced a partnership with athenahealth, Inc. as part of athenahealth's More Disruption Please (MDP) program. Together, the companies will work to link athenahealth's growing network of more than 50,000 health care providers with the capabilities of Precyse University so they can more efficiently prepare their staffs for the ...

Posted on: April 05, 2014
Health Providers on Budget for ICD-10 Transition

Nearly 95% of healthcare organizations are at or below budget for the Oct. 1 ICD-10 transition, with the variance between budget and actual expenditures ranging from 5% to 15%, according to early results of an online ICD-10 readiness survey released by The Advisory Board Company.In addition, 77% of respondents indicated that they have comprehensive budgets with specific line-item allocations. However, The Advisory Board Company notes that "with six months still to go in the process and many tests yet to ...

Posted on: April 04, 2014
EHR Copy-and-Paste Functions Could Compromise Data

Recently, the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) released a position statement warning about risks associated with using of copy-and-paste functions within electronic health records, Health Data Management reports.Last year, HHS' Office of Inspector General released an audit on fraud vulnerabilities in EHR systems. It found that the improper use of EHR copy-and-paste functions could lead to: Fraudulent billing; ...

Posted on: April 03, 2014
Senate Passes One-Year ICD-10 Deadline Delay Bill

On Monday, the Senate voted 64-35 to pass a House-approved measure (HR 4302) that would delay a scheduled 24% cut to Medicare physician reimbursement rates and push the ICD-10 compliance deadline to 2015, Modern Healthcare reports (Hollander, Modern Healthcare, 3/31). The bill now goes to President Obama, who is expected to sign it before the scheduled cuts take effect on Tuesday (Lowery, "Post Politics," Washington Post, 3/31).Background on ICD-10U.S. health care organizations are working to transition ...

Posted on: April 02, 2014
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