Emergency management for hospitals

The National Incident Management System (NIMS) is the “common language” for all federal, state and local responders. Healthcare must learn to speak that language and function as part of a coordinated multi-agency response. The goal is to strengthen medical surge capacity, and it is not optional. HHS requires hospitals to implement 11 specific NIMS objectives […]

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Code accurately to maximize reimbursement

Since the Department of Health and Human Service has again delayed ICD-10 coding implementation, now is a good time to brush up on diagnosis coding skills and improve ICD-9 coding accuracy in your clinic or private medical practice. Accurate coding demonstrates medical necessity and justifies treatment choices by linking them to an appropriate diagnosis, symptom […]

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EMR certification & occupational health

Electronic medical record certification continues to be a hot topic in the healthcare space. The latest conversation is around whether certification and incentive programs should be extended to some of the less mainstream healthcare markets. While no government incentives have been created, Certification Commission for Health Information Technology or CCHIT has instituted certification programs for […]

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ICD-10 postponed again

The greatly anticipated transition from ICD-9 to ICD-10 coding was postponed again on Feb. 15 by Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. HHS said the action was taken in response to concerns from the medical community about administrative burdens associated with implementing the new coding system.

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Dangers of bloodborne pathogen exposure

It goes without saying that a lot of things that you don’t want to catch live in a human body. Employees in many occupations, including housekeeping personnel, emergency response team members, and healthcare workers (especially because of needlesticks and other sharps-related injuries) are at risk of exposure to bloodborne pathogens. These pathogens include hepatitis B, […]

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