Hospital administrators expect that the anticipated conversion to the  ICD-10  (International Classification of Diseases, 10th Revision) code set will immediately make a host of health IT activities more difficult to conduct, according to preliminary results of a new survey of hospitals and physician practices released June 27 by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) and the eHealth Initiative. According to the survey, the conversion to the new code set, expected for Oct.

Most of the healthcare industry was astounded when President Obama signed legislation that delayed ICD-10 compliance by at least a year. Now that there’s been time to digest the new Oct. 1, 2015 deadline, healthcare providers may benefit by considering a more strategic approach for their transition to ICD-10.

Thieves, hackers and careless workers have breached the medical privacy of nearly 32 million Americans, including 4.6 million Californians, since 2009. Those numbers, taken from new U.S. Health & Human Services Department data, underscore a vulnerability of electronic health records. These records are more detailed than most consumer credit or banking files and could open the door to widespread identity theft, fraud, or worse. Consider the case of Tustin-based GMR Transcription Services Inc.


Jonathan Rauch of the National Journal wrote a terrific (fact-based! ) send-up of our archaic, arcane, not-customer-centric healthcare system, titled “If Air Travel Worked Like Health Care.” I wish I’d known about it then, but I only learned of it recently, because a couple called “The New Altons” have made a great home-brew video of it, and posted it in YouTube. Well, now it’s going viral, at least among the healthcare crowd on Twitter. Fasten your seatbelts.

A large study of electronic health records systems, which includes automation of ancillary services such as clinical data repository, pharmacy, and laboratories, shows that they save money for third-party payers and patients, but not necessarily for hospitals.


CMS released a proposed rule outlining its Physician Fee Schedule for calendar year 2015, which includes several health IT initiatives, FierceHealthIT reports.

Among other things, the 608-page proposed rule includes changes to:

Bundled PaymentsBundled payment initiatives to date have had different approaches to pricing.


By Christine Kern, contributing writer

As Health IT Outcomes previously reported, several states are launching accountable care initiatives that mirror experiments underway with Medicare and private insurers – but vary significantly in their approaches – in and attempt to keep Medicaid costs down.

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Bundled PaymentsAlthough people tend to think about bundled payments at the highest level - payment for a complete package of care for a particular condition - there are a variety of potential forms and nuances to payment mechanisms.

Bundled PaymentsBundled payments is - in essence - the transition from paying providers for discrete activities (a test, a visit, a surgery) toward one that ties payments to treatment of entire episodes of care (a pregnancy, a total hip replacement, diabetes care) and incorporates the concept of outcomes.