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Elizabeth
Elizabeth works on an array of projects at TCI, researching and writing about modern reimbursement challenges. Since joining TCI in 2017, she has also covered the nuts and bolts of cybersecurity, compliance with federal laws, and how to tap into the advantages of telehealth services.

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    There’s a big benefit to your EHR you may be missing: it’s a marketing powerhouse. The information contained within your EHR has a monetary value. Marketing and business strategy expert Dr. John McDaniel urges physicians to go beyond the everyday user experience and capitalize on the   Read more..
    Posted on 21 Feb, 2018
    By Elizabeth
    EHR Data Marketing Plan—the Whys and Hows for Your Medical Practice
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    As telehealth services continue to evolve, look for guidance to come from your MAC Virtual care isn’t an outlier technology anymore. In fact, connecting with patients via telehealth technology has never been so easy or so secure. So, with MACRA pushing quality, patient-focused care to   Read more..
    Posted on 16 Feb, 2018
    By Elizabeth
    New Telemedicine Options from CMS
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    In a nutshell, HCCs are groups of diagnosis codes that are categorized in disease hierarchy. These groups of similar diagnoses consume similar resources, known as a clinical disease burden, which are grouped in disease hierarchies (e.g., diabetes mellitus is grouped into several HCCs depending on   Read more..
    Posted on 13 Feb, 2018
    By Elizabeth
    Take the Guesswork Out of HCCs
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    Many physicians are facing burnout as they struggle to keep pace with the ever-evolving practice of medicine. This inherent resistance to change and process improvements makes a coder’s job much harder. While in their first year at medical school, providers are trained to write a beautiful   Read more..
    Posted on 9 Feb, 2018
    By Elizabeth
    Nail Down Documentation from a Provider’s Perspective
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    The EMR is a dynamic document database, evolving every time a user accesses it. With today’s standard features and add-on conveniences, EMRs have the potential to save time, increase productivity, enhance efficiency, and play an important part in patient engagement. However, it is imperative that   Read more..
    Posted on 7 Feb, 2018
    By Elizabeth
    Lock Down CDI for EMRs
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    EHR can be a powerful secret weapon for marketing. But to properly deploy this tool, you must narrow down the mountains of data to get the info that’s useful for your agency’s unique marketing needs. The quality of data you can extract from your EHR is   Read more..
    Posted on 5 Feb, 2018
    By Elizabeth
    Use Electronic Health Records (EHR) to Supercharge Your Marketing
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    Audit Hotspot #1: Copy and Paste EMR shortcuts for copy and paste may lead to many errors, not only in record-keeping and accounting, but also in automated carry-forwards that can negatively impact a patient’s treatment. Add a chronic or acute illness into the mix—mistakenly copied   Read more..
    Posted on 31 Jan, 2018
    By Elizabeth
    Guard Against Top 4 EMR-related Audit Hotspots
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    “It seems as if, even for well-intentioned healthcare providers, the Stark Law has become a booby trap rigged with strict liability and potentially ruinous exposure — especially when coupled with the False Claims Act,” ---said 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals Judge Albert Diaz who upheld   Read more..
    Posted on 29 Jan, 2018
    By Elizabeth
    When the Stark Stakes Get Higher
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    CDI is gaining more importance, and improvement programs have increased across providers over the last 10 years. In fact, CDI has made some positive changes in reimbursement because payers’ increased scrutiny has resulted in value-added changes to patient care. Best bet: CDI is a quality initiative   Read more..
    Posted on 27 Jan, 2018
    By Elizabeth
    Learn the Ins and Outs of CDI Best Practices
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    5 Steps to Get Payer Contract Renegotiations Rolling & Improve Practice Revenue, Part I Negotiating terms for your payer contracts involves considerable preparation, but the work pays off when coupled with solid negotiation strategies. If you learn how to tackle the renegotiation process, you can boost   Read more..
    Posted on 23 Jan, 2018
    By Elizabeth
    5 Steps to Get Payer Contract Renegotiations Rolling & Improve Practice Revenue, Part II