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January 19, 2010
Healthcare IT News

California health system initiates ICD-10 readiness assessment

NorthBay Healthcare in Fairfield, Calif., has begun assessing its readiness for migration from the ICD-9 to the ICD-10 coding and billing system. The two-hospital health system intends to develop...
January 14, 2010
Healthcare IT News

Experts predict top 10 payer trends for 2010

Industry experts predict that the number one trend for healthcare payers in 2010 will be the renewal of information management business models. In a new 17-page report, titled "U.S. Healthcare...
January 08, 2010
Healthcare IT News

Budget planning has become a year-round process

WITH AN OVERWHELMING NUMBER of vectors and variables to consider, planning a hospital budget might now be considered in the same league as rocket science. Yet budget planning doesn’t have to be so...
December 31, 2009
Healthcare IT News

Ringful tunes into smartphone craze

The ubiquitous mobile phone is becoming an important tool for healthcare-conscious consumers as well as physicians, thanks to a Texas-based startup. Ringful Health, headquartered in Austin, has burst...
December 31, 2009
Healthcare IT News

Provider opportunity is knocking

David Blumenthal, MD, the national coordinator for healthcare IT, has called the federal allotment of stimulus funding to advance healthcare IT adoption “an unprecedented opportunity.” There are so...
December 04, 2009
Healthcare IT News

HHS issues final ICD-10 code sets

 In January of this year, the Department of Health and Human Services released the long-awaited ICD-10 codes and extended the compliance date for adopting them from Oct. 1, 2011 to Oct. 1, 2013. The...
December 03, 2009
Healthcare IT News

RAC FAQs – The devil is in the details

The RAC Web sites are starting to post more information relating to the details of their complex review processes, to the benefit of providers everywhere. All but one (Connolly) of the RACs also has...
December 03, 2009
Healthcare IT News

Federal government push for EHR adoption selected as top trend

The push under the federal stimulus to encourage the adoption of EHRs received the most votes as the top 2009 trend likely to continue to have the most impact in 2010. The push received 30 percent of...
December 02, 2009
Healthcare IT News

Alan Dowling named AHIMA's next CEO

The American Health Information Management Association’s board of directors has named Alan F. Dowling as the organization's next CEO. He is scheduled to take office January 13, 2010, and will succeed...
November 18, 2009
Healthcare IT News

Library of Medicine publishes SNOMED draft

The National Library of Medicine has published a draft map linking content from SNOMED Clinical Terms to ICD-9-CM billing codes, as a precursor to the development of similar maps. The map aims to...

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