How a national general acute care hospital and a national managed health care company each saw the “best of times” with McKesson Community Health Solutions (payer) and Community Healthcare System (provider) each shared a struggle on how to bring more transparency and information to their care and payment workflows. Automated and robust solutions from McKesson helped them improve the quality and cost of healthcare their organizations provide. The Payer Community Health Solutions: Improving care quality, cost with more robust clinical standards Without a stricter tie to evidence-based guidelines while making medical necessity decisions, payers face potential inconsistency in the…
ICD-10 Watch's Carl Natale invited Josh Berman, Director of Analytics and ICD-10 at RelayHealth Financial, to write a series on the ICD-10 transition and what payers and providers need to do starting now. In this first installment, Berman reviews the three key areas: testing, training and key performance indicators. Look for his piece on the perils of procrastinating coming soon. Read his full story here
In Advance for Laboratory, McKesson medical director Douglas Moeller, MD, explains what Z-Code Identifiers are and why they're needed to identify molecular diagnostic tests. Dr. Moeller also explains how they can work alongside CPT codes to uniquely identify tests, help labs bring their tests to market, and help speed reimbursement. Read the full article here
There are lots of scary issues that payers and providers face in healthcare IT every day. Payment reform, ICD-10, uncontrolled molecular diagnostic spends, maintaining legacy systems running in a rapidly changing world -- there's no shortage of costly technical challenges to keep us up at night. But with Halloween approaching, we thought it was time to take a lighter look at "what’s scary about healthcare IT." To do that, and to celebrate McKesson Health Solutions 27th annual customer forum taking place this Halloween week in Baltimore, we commissioned some B2B cartoons around a Halloween theme. Here they are! Feel free to share them with your colleagues in email or…
Here's a commemorative cartoon for your office refrigerator! But don't thank us for it. Thank our colleagues at RelayHealth Financial, where you'll find more revenue cycle management cartoons and expertise on ICD-10 readiness to boot. In fact, RelayHealth Financial's full suite of financial connectivity solutions were ready for ICD-10 -- including support for true end-to-end testing -- a full two years ahead of the U.S. government deadline. So enjoy the anniversary. And hop on over to RelayHealth Financial to learn more about ICD-10 readiness, because the final countdown to ICD-10 has begun.
October 1st was supposed to be the day that ICD-10 went live. Instead, it was delayed as part of the SGR "patch" bill until 2015. RelayHealth's ICD-10 cartoon, "Wait for it ...", added a touch of humor to Carl Natale's commemoration of the launch that wasn't on ICD10Watch. See it here
Even though we're a full year away from the ICD-10 deadline, payers and providers should not take an "ICD-10 readiness break." That's according to Josh Berman, Director of Analytics and ICD-10 at RelayHealth Financial, who shared his three steps to ICD-10 preparedness -- readiness, transparency, and testing -- with Becker's Hospital Review readers. Read the full story
Josh Berman, Director of Analytics and ICD-10 at RelayHealth Financial, tells McKnight's why the ICD-10 delay is not a license to sit back and relax. Providers need to continue testing or get moving now if they haven't started, or risk not being ready to go next October. Aside from testing, Berman urges providers to get their coders trained "asap." Read the full article here