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.
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.
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.
As our health systems continue to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, clear communication is crucial. Recent changes in reporting regulations from the federal government have led to confusion, which runs the risk of incomplete or inaccurate data collection about the spread and severity of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. We break down the changes, and subsequent concerns about them, below.
Electronic health records were never designed to be all things to all providers, leaving the door wide open for creative third-party vendors to identify opportunities for improvement and develop innovative solutions.
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.
Hierarchical Condition Categories (HCCs) aren’t a new concept, but as more and more organizations shift to value-based care, there has been renewed issue in the subject. And it makes sense – without solid foundational knowledge of HCCs, health systems risk lower rates of reimbursement, or sometimes not getting paid at all.
Precise, comprehensive value sets can help identify specific patient cohorts for population health initiatives and quality reporting requirements. Find out how IMO Precision Acute Condition Sets can ease the burden of building and updating these powerful tools.
IMO’s latest product, IMO Precision Normalize, will help healthcare providers and the companies that support them to gain more accurate insights with a precise normalization engine that improves clinical, quality, and financial decision-making.
When it comes to COVID-19, we all have questions we want answered. But without reliable data and analytics, it’s a near impossible task, as illustrated by the challenges hospitals in the Midwest are now facing.
Sharing the electronic health record (EHR) screen can be a powerful way to establish trust and understanding between the physician and patient, but what message does a disorganized record send? And how does sharing change when patient visits are virtual?