Shortly after the National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics (NCVHS) recommended that the United States adopt ICD-10, the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) assembled a session on the code scheme for its annual conference. The last-minute addition was so late, in fact, that the MGMA did not have time to include it on the printed agenda, and the only available time slot was 7 a.m.
Even the most robust technology itself cannot improve healthcare outcomes, as Vanderbilt University Medical Center discovered on its way to lowering Ventilator-associated pneumonia rates – saving money and pateint’s lives.
The agencies are harnessing health technologies to improve doctor-patient interaction by reaching patients – and their health problems – right where they reside. Here’s how they plan to transform that from buzzword into better care.
Now that the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT has the attention of physicians and hospitals to improve care through the meaningful use of electronic health records, ONC intends this autumn
to emphasize strategies for reaching out to consumers to participate more in their healthcare.
A seemingly smaller but inevitably important milestone – HIPAA 5010 – stands between healthcare entities and ICD-10, both on the calendar and in IT back offices. And that deadline promises to measure the industry’s progress, or lack thereof, toward the forthcoming code sets.