‘I can’t find the Advanced Directive’ & Other Major Problems Your HIM Department Can Prevent

A few weeks back I wrote an article about the importance of not overlooking paper in today’s electronic healthcare world, while pointing out some critical considerations to take into account during a Document Management System (DMS) or Electronic Health Record (EHR) implementation.  Every healthcare organization that I’ve worked with still manages some paper, resulting in a […]

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Re-engagement: How Do I Start a New Project?

We’ve all been there. You’re sitting in a meeting and someone brings up something your department is not excelling at right now. You look around, kind of embarrassed and acknowledge that yes, we know this is something we need to work on….it’s just been at the bottom of the list under projects A, B, and […]

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To Scan, or Not to Scan…

Whether you are implementing a new Electronic Health Record (EHR), integrating your current EHR with another EHR, or installing a Document Management System (DMS) for the first time, there is something that you should not overlook: paper. Although the HITECH Act has spurred the EHR movement and encouraged electronic provider documentation, healthcare systems still find […]

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Keep Coders Coding!

  It’s 6:30 in the morning – you beat the morning rush to work and even grabbed an excellent parking spot before the shift change. Now it’s time to unleash your incredible coding prowess in the system, while enjoying a piping hot cup of coffee! You check your email and see that Management wants you […]

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What’s in your EHR?

Why does my medical record not contain everything that happened to me during my stay? Why does this version of my record not look like the previous version that you provided to my lawyer? Why does the record you gave me last month look completely different from the record you gave me last week? Why […]

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To Simple Visit Code, or Not?

Do you ever wonder how you could decrease your coders’ workloads? Have you heard other organizations talk about simple visit coding accounts? Or do you simply wish there was a way to automatically code basic visits? At The Wilshire Group, we have HIM consultants with years worth of experience implementing simple visit coding (SVC). Consideration […]

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The (Never-Ending) Battle on Denials

Denials have always been an uphill battle. As soon as you think you have a handle on one facet of it, the payer throws another unexpected change at your organization. Regardless of how strong your reporting, staff, and approach is with denials, they aren’t 100 percent avoidable. I came across a great article, “Staying One Step […]

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