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Shifting mindsets for population health

In order for health systems to effectively manage health crises like the COVID-19 pandemic, both population and individual patient health issues must be addressed. But, that’s often easier said than done. Our eBook explores one approach to tackling this challenge.

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The ‘new black’: Why specificity matters in health IT

There’s no shortage of important initiatives in modern healthcare – improving population health, supporting optimal patient outcomes, normalizing large amounts of data to a common clinical terminology, and maximizing reimbursements are just a few. So, what’s the first step toward success? Find out more below.

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Baby, it’s code outside

At IMO, we’re rounding out the year by laughing at some of the sillier codes we’ve come across in the ICD-10-CM manual. Sharing our favorite holiday-themed funny diagnoses and wishing everyone a happy holiday season.

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Clinical terminology and COVID-19: IMO’s ongoing response to the pandemic

IMO is committed to ensuring providers have the most up-to-date clinical terminology for documenting cases of the novel coronavirus. To help our healthcare partners manage and minimize the spread of COVID-19 – and to give providers sufficient time to align their systems with recent regulatory announcements – our December release contains updated mappings, clinical terminologies, and procedure codes related to the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

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Five things to know about the 2021 ICD-10-CM updates

It’s been quite a year for clinical terminology, with the need for new medical coding terms never seeming to stop. Whether clinicians are documenting complexities related to COVID-19 or describing electric scooter mishaps, the latest updates to ICD-10-CM are here to help. Below, we take a look at five interesting changes to the standardized coding system that went into effect on the first of October.

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The Primary Care First Act and the changing nature of healthcare reimbursement

When we’re sick, many of us see a mix of primary care physicians and specialists – and sometimes just specialists alone. But this practice isn’t always the best use of resources. The Primary Care First Act, explored in IMO’s new insight brief, aims to help change this dynamic by increasing the responsibilities of, and reimbursement rates for, providers in the primary care realm.

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Problem with the Problem List
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The problem with the medical problem list

Organization is everywhere these days, whether it’s targeted at getting your house, your finances, your job, or your life in order. So, it makes sense that there’s a need for organization within the medical field as well. What to tackle first? The medical problem list – an often-disorganized hub with an overwhelming amount of information – is a strong candidate for a revamp.

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Clinical terminology and the “long-haulers” of COVID-19

When COVID-19 first hit the US, clinicians struggled to accurately document cases of the new coronavirus, and the health IT industry quickly mobilized to provide the needed clinical terminology. Now, six months into the pandemic, COVID “long-haulers” are highlighting the ongoing need for appropriate clinical language to document side effects of the virus.

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Surgical schedules slow to recover even as operating rooms reopen
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Surgical schedules slow to recover even as operating rooms reopen

When the new coronavirus hit US hospitals at the beginning of the year, many institutions halted elective surgical procedures and diverted resources to care for pandemic patients. Now, most operating rooms have reopened their doors, but patient anxiety about coming into contact with COVID-19 is still keeping many away.

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