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The Christ Hospital Develops Hemodialysis EMR Interface
An Ohio hospital has implemented the first interface that receives real-time data from hemodialysis treatments in its EMR.

Hospitals Partner to Simplify Sharing EMRs
The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports that nine western Pennsylvania hospitals have formed a health information exchange system.
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In auditing our cases to see if the diagnoses obtained by queries were being picked up by our coders, my coworker and I discovered something that worried us. The myocardial infarctions (MIs), mainly non-ST-elevation myocardial infarctions (NSTEMIs), that occurred after admission were not being coded as such. For example: a patient came in to have gallbladder surgery and later his or her cardiac enzymes became elevated. The patient did not present with chest pain on admission and may never have chest pain... Read the full Q&A »
Tech & Tools
Mobile Phones Help Manage Diabetes
The University of Maryland School of Medicine has found that mobile phone software is effective for the self-management of diabetes. Read more »

Sermo Real-Time Medicine Mobile App
Sermo Mobile app allows doctors to consult with colleagues without leaving a patient’s bedside. Read more »

Skyscape’s CardioSource App
In just over three months, CardioSource has been downloaded by more than 14,000 cardiologists and other healthcare professionals. Read more  »
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Editor's E-Note
If the meaningful use movement has done anything, it’s created a renewed emphasis on the importance of clinical documentation. Sloppy, imprecise notes just won’t cut it in today’s environment.

The topic is so huge that books have been written about how to improve clinical documentation. This month’s E-News Exclusive narrows the process down just a bit, offering pointers on how best to spot and address problem areas.

Lee DeOrio, editor
E-News Exclusive
Improving Clinical Documentation
By Peggy Stilley, CPC, CPMA

The written word can be very powerful—and medical documentation is no exception. Medical records provide valuable information to assist patient care by detailing current illnesses, previous conditions, treatment options, medications, tests, and services performed, among other items. Medical record documentation is a matter of compliance and good patient care. It helps determine CPT codes to support reimbursement and identifies medical necessity for services being performed.

The first step to improving clinical documentation is identifying a potential deficiency and being willing to take corrective measures. This can be accomplished by auditing medical records, either internally or by an outside entity. Providers can conduct prepayment audits (before a claim is filed) or retrospective audits (after a claim is filed and reimbursed) or focus on a specific procedure or code. Audits can be performed using payer-specific criteria or by selecting codes/procedures from a utilization report.

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