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ICD-10 CM Changes for the year 2019

The ICD-10-CM code set in the United States is maintained by the ICD-10 Coordination and Maintenance Committee. This committee reviews all requests for changes or additions to the code set and  includes representatives from the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). The Center for Disease Control …

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Upcoming Medical Events in January 2019

As the new year of 2019 is right around the corner, we thought we’d share some of the important medical events that will occur in the month of January. Mark your calendars, for these include: National Blood Donor Month, Cervical Health Awareness Month, Thyroid Awareness Month, and National Birth Defects Awareness Month. National Blood Donor …

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Should the U.S Healthcare delivery system be restructured?

The new trend adopted by the retail and pharmacy blockbuster chains means there will be express and retail clinics that have new partnerships with commercial insurers. Through this, they can expand their patient outreach and improve their bottom line while repositioning themselves as the new ‘front door’ of providing primary care. The proposed purchase of …

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How to Build Trust and Relationships and Use Technology Not Being Used By It

For so many years now, people have been trying to use the latest technology in order to give better access to the consumers so that they can get closer to the healthcare industry. The healthcare organizations succeeded in getting involved into the social media, building patient portals as well as latest innovative smart phone apps …

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5 Technology Trends Impacting Healthcare

Healthcare technology is advancing by leaps and bounds. Thus, it is impacting the overall performance of the healthcare organizations drastically. In past, the technologies took time to make their place in a system but now they are being adapted more quickly. The use of these technologies is to make sure a safer environment for the …

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3 Common Uses and Misconceptions about AI in Medical Practices

Whether or not you are aware of it, you are using artificial intelligence every single day. It is something we are utilizing constantly, and it certainly is here to stay. Artificial intelligence helps you choose the best movie on Netflix, play your desired music via Amazon’s Alexa and filters the trending content on your personalized newsfeed on Facebook. These days Al is also performing business functions in several industries such as transforming business models and strategies. It is also included in healthcare, especially a physician’s practice. Al increases operational efficiency and improves patients experience. For non-techies, Al technologies like machine learning, neural networks and natural language processing can look scary and complex.

This might be true to some extent but there are simple Al technologies as well and these are capable of making a lot of difference in small sized and medium sized practices. Mostly, the working of these technologies is dependent upon identifying and mechanizing patterns. For example, these patterns are at times present in the airwaves, like you voice and may be detected in speech recognition. Al refers to computer algorithms which are capable of emulating a task performed by a human.

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For Health Systems, Disaster Preparedness Never Ends

Natural calamities such as the Hurricane Florence have taught us that healthcare organizations must always be ready to deal with such disasters. Hurricane Florence forced thousands of people to evacuate the area and many healthcare organizations and facilities had to cease their activities. Dealing with the injured people during such events is one thing and …

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All you need to Know about the Global Period and its Categories

What is the Global Period? Under the rule of Medicare physician fee schedule, procedures are paid inclusively according to a defined time period of either 10 or 90 days of the post-operative schedule. This is what we call ‘The Global Period’. It includes the value and services that have been provided as the pre- and …

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The Lawsuits and the Trump’s Expansion of the Short-Term Healthcare Plans

To block an expansion of short-term health plans proposed by the Trump administration, seven advocacy groups and healthcare industry filed the lawsuits prior to its execution date. Several different groups like the American Psychiatric Association, the Association for Community Affiliated Plans, and many others professed that such policies that let short-term plans expansion to grow …

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Healthcare.gov to face downtime for maintenance, Pre 2019’s Open Enrollment

Healthcare.gov is reportedly scheduling an official downtime for the purpose of maintenance. Estimated to be held every Sunday, from the beginning of November to the end of December this year, the planned time period of offline maintenance is to be of 60 hours in total. The schedule, however, is not much different from the last …

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