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Take a Look at What CMS is Planning for 2015

Is your organization ready for the new CMS coding and payment regulations taking effect on or after January 1, 2015? Learn more about the proposed rule in Healthcare Business Monthly, where Barbara Aubry examines the changes to global surgery codes, the growth of telehealth services, the revision of some CPT codes, and more.

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Amerigroup Texas Launches Collaborative Effort to Improve Quality Outcomes of Medicaid Plan Members
Amerigroup Texas has teamed with Treo Solutions, part of 3M Health Information Systems, to provide new tools for population health management. These analytics are aimed at identifying potentially avoidable care costs such as unnecessary hospital admissions and emergency visits, and preventable readmissions.

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CAC's Effect on Accuracy Rates
Has computer-assisted coding (CAC) had an impact on coding accuracy and timeliness? For The Record asked Katherine Lusk, Chief Health Information Management and Exchange Officer for Children’s Medical Center Dallas. Using the 3M 360 Encompass System, Children’s Dallas reports significant increases in coder productivity and case mix index.

The ICD-10 Delay: Five Steps to Take Right Now
Despite the ICD-10 delay, Ann Chenoweth emphasizes the need for action and presents methods to keep moving forward in this article in For The Record.

Achieving HIM Best Practices at Kettering Health Network
Kettering Health Network is preparing for ICD-10 implementation and improving patient care processes with 3M technology. Learn more about their efforts to achieve accurate and compliant documentation. Watch the video.

RARE Campaign exceeds goals, prevents 7,975 avoidable hospital readmissions in Minnesota
As one of the largest coordinated improvement initiatives ever undertaken by the Minnesota health care community, The RARE (Reducing Avoidable Readmissions Effectively) Campaign, reports that it has prevented 7,975 avoidable hospital readmissions since 2011. Using 3M Potentially Preventable Readmissions (PPRs) to measure avoidable hospital readmissions, the RARE Campaign has helped hospitals achieve approximately a 19 percent reduction in avoidable readmissions and successfully reduced inpatient medical expenses by about $70 million. 

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