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Healthcare leaders talk candidly about achieving better population health

You’ve heard of population health, but what action is the industry taking to achieve better population health outcomes? At a 3M seminar, leaders from health plans, hospitals, government and non-profit organizations shared how they’re using patient-centered models of care, unique partnerships and the right metrics to impact population health outcomes.

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Video: Physicians and CDI
Dr. Tom Kravis, MD, physician executive at 3M Health Information Systems, says: “As a physician, I know how busy a physician’s day can be. Between seeing my patients, hospital rounds, documenting each encounter, reading dozens of charts and test reports, team meetings, and unplanned emergencies, they must also respond ASAP to queries from CDI specialists asking for even more information about their patients.”

Rise of the Scribe
In the EHR era, these documentation darlings are lending physicians a helping hand. But at what cost? Will the growing use of medical scribes decrease the need for medical transcriptionists? As documentation demands increase for physicians, and organizations enlist scribes to offset the additional workload, Jill Devrick, MPA, 3M product solutions advisor, explores the evolving role of MTs in promoting complete and accurate EHR documentation.

Podcast: Healthcare Payment Reform and Outcomes Measurement
In an information-packed interview with Kip Piper of the Piper Report, Dr. Norbert Goldfield, medical director for 3M Health Information Systems, discusses advances in linking healthcare payment to patient outcomes. Replacing traditional fee-for-service reimbursement with outcomes-based payment models depends on data-driven systems that align clinical and financial performance.

Low-Cost Outliers as Alternatives to the Two-Midnight Rule
Does the CMS two-midnight rule create an adversarial dynamic between physicians and hospitals? In this article for Healthcare Financial Management Magazine, 3M authors Richard Averill and Richard Fuller argue that a low-cost outlier policy strikes a balance to the rule without the use of length-of-stay thresholds.

Estimating the Cost of Conversion to ICD-10 for a Small Physician Office
A study published in the Journal of AHIMA presents new data on the cost of ICD-10 conversion for small physician practices. The authors -- Thomas C. Kravis, MD, Susan Belley, M Ed, RHIA, Donna M. Smith, RHIA, and Richard F. Averill, MS, all with 3M Health Information Systems -- examined the elements of a successful ICD-10 conversion, including training, code books, end to end testing, and super bill conversion. The study determined that costs, time, and resources required by physician offices ranged from $1,960 - $5,900, which is dramatically lower than initially estimated.

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