Are you where you should be in terms of the ICD-10 implementation process? If you aren't sure whether your hospital is on track, or if you know you aren’t where you need to be, consider taking advantage of a customizable timeline, courtesy of the Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI)/North Carolina Healthcare Information and Communications Alliance (NCHICA) Timeline Initiative.
The many CPT and HCPCS modifiers can leave coders dazed and confused when it comes to appropriately appending them. Unfortunately, hard-coding certain modifiers into your chargemaster is not the answer. However, having coders take the time to brush up on them regularly can certainly help.
Security breach notification requirements, according to Briefings on HIPAA's HIPAA and HITECH February survey of healthcare providers. Most of the nearly 600 respondents were HIPAA compliance officers and HIM directors.
Breach notification was the top challenge for 39% of respondents, followed by amending and creating business associate (BA) contracts at 18%. The response took Chris Simons, RHIA, by surprise. Simons serves as director of utilization management and HIM and privacy officer at Spring Harbor Hospital in Westbrook, ME.