We are uniquely positioned to experience both the backend of healthcare through billing and the future of the industry through our health IT work. We share our insight here.
Before managed care became the dominant force that it is, patients and doctors had the opportunity to get to know each other well. Doctors treated multiple generations within families. This helped establish a strong bond among patients and their doctors.
With ICD-10, reporting for type, occurrence site, and complication has dramatically increased coding complexity. There are codes ranging from problems in relationship with in-laws (Z63.1) to being pecked by a chicken (W61.33) to being bitten by a sea lion (W56.11)!
It was in February 1968 that The Beatles stayed at an ashram in Rishikesh to learn Transcendental Meditation. The retreat is at the foothills of the Himalayas, across the river Ganges. Today it’s totally abandoned. In ruins. Part of a jungle.
Since 2009, US spent $27 billion to digitize medical records. The cornerstone of digitization is to make health records available for patient care when needed.
There’s always something new to worry about for the healthcare industry. On Jan 1st, 2017, a new law to track physician performance went into first gear. It’s called MACRA – a law that could be as important as the Affordable Care Act, which led to the name Obamacare.
I love what I do. I hate what I have to do. It’s a quote that doctors attribute to their profession behind closed doors. As patients, we are so overwhelmed with our own problems. We fail to notice that our doctor may be battling her own problems with a complicated system.
As 2016 comes to a close, here’s a recap of healthcare industry articles that shaped our thinking.
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