Technology is changing rapidly, and it's creating big challenges for healthcare organizations when it comes to protecting PHI. Privacy and security officers should keep an eye on these changes-from more mobile devices to social media to cloud computing-over the next several months, according to a group of industry prognosticators.
In December 2011, Detroit Medical Center (DMC) got word that it had been selected as one of only 32 medical organizations in the country to participate in Medicare's new Pioneer Accountable Care Organization (ACO).
Most HIM directors have October 2013 looming in their minds as the ICD-10 implementation deadline. But according to many experts, coders should be coding in both ICD-9 and ICD-10 well in advance of that date.
ICD-10 will bring many changes, particularly when it comes to fracture coding. But practice will help reinforce ICD-10 education on the subject, and Lolita M. Jones, RHIA, CCS, sole principal of Lolita M. Jones Consulting Services in Fort Washington, MD, provides a sample op report for just that purpose.