Here's The Latest in Health Care:
• The long-awaited E/M coding and documentation changes, which are the first major overhaul to E/M guidelines in nearly 30 years, have now officially gone into effect and are expected to have a significant impact on revenue cycles. The goal is to increase efficiency while reducing administrative burdens and ultimately improve patient care. Read More
• Multiple EHR usability factors lead to clinician burnout, highlighted by total EHR time, after-hours EHR time, and EHR documentation time, according to a new study. The study also found that clinician burnout costs health systems roughly $250,000 to $1 million per clinician who quits due to burnout or job dissatisfaction. Read More
• As much of the world locked down in an effort to stop the spread of the virus, save lives and reduce pressure on hospitals, there are indications the COVID-19 pandemic may be associated with longer-term indirect effects on population morbidity and mortality through pathways such as halted drug development. Read More
• Automating common healthcare administrative transactions, such as prior authorization, has reduced annual costs by $122 billion, finds the 2020 CAQH Index. However, the industry is still leaving $16.3 billion in potential savings on the table. In addition, the costs associated with some manual and partially electronic portal transactions are also increasing. Read More
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