eMeasurement is the application of electronic health data for quality improvement has not yet been realized. Quality is the objective, but technology ability, education of clinician and administrative staff, and alignment of incentives must come first. Electronic clinical quality measurement (eCQM) is another label that CMS has placed on the eMeasurement initiative. eMeasurement will require [...]
Record attendance at HIMSS 2015 in Chicago - over 43,000 people. Now that HIMSS15 is over, take a look at some of the trends that dominated the headlines, the social buzz and the chatter at after show cocktail parties. Of course, there were the overarching themes of interoperability, and population health, but there were some key themes that received the most attention.
When thinking about ICD-10 program governance, one of the key areas for both traditional Fee for Service (FFS) medicine and the transition to episodic (short-term) and longitudinal data for comparative effectiveness medicine in the Affordable Care Act is the Case Management process and supporting software and reports.
ICD-10 Financial Risk Assessments should include an analysis of historical healthcare claims data for one, two, or ideally three retrospective periods. A data quality assessment is essential, making sure that claims are not duplicates, and that they therefore represent unique events. This is particularly important in view of interim billing on hospital claims. It’s very easy to count hospital admissions multiple times from claims data unless you reconcile claims to a single hospital stay.
Health care providers should ensure that the EMR vendor is on track toward ICD-10 compliance, however they should not rely on their EMR vendor as the panacea. Most hospital systems we work with have many more ancillary systems in radiology, etc. that are also impacted, and the EMR isn't the core system of record (yet) for everything that goes on in a hospital.
While loan originations are down and subprime lenders and those that invested in the loans they orignated are feeling pressure, there are opportunities in the troubled mortgage market.Hedge funds are looking for distressed loan pools. Analytics firms that monitor leading indicators of at-risk mortgage are seeing a brisk business. The default management divisions at First [...]