Boardman Medical Practice Hacked, Told to Pay $75,000 in Bitcoin to Unlock System

By Corey Vallas * June 13, 2019

A Boardman medical practice was allegedly hacked on Monday and asked for ransom money to unlock the system.

According to the report, N.E.O. Urology, located on the 7400 block of Southern Avenue, had their computer systems hacked and re-encrypted. Read More



CMS Seeks Ideas to Reduce Administrative Burden on Physicians

By Emily Rappleye * June 7, 2019

CMS is asking patients, families, providers and other healthcare stakeholders for ideas on how to reduce unnecessary paperwork and administrative burden for physicians.

The agency issued a request for information June 6 seeking ideas on prior authorization, reporting, documentation and coding, as well as policies and requirements for people in rural areas and people dually enrolled in Medicare and Medicaid. Read More



Most HIMSS Stage 4 Hospitals Fail to Realize EMR Benefits Years After Designation, Report Finds

By Jackie Drees * May 23, 2019

The eight-stage EMR adoption model, which was developed by Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society subsidiary HIMSS Analytics, runs from Stage 0 to 7 and measures the degree to which a hospital uses its EMR functions. Hospitals receive scores based on standards including digital imaging, interoperability and data security. Read More



Guideline I.A.15: The One That Makes Risk Adjustment Coders Happy

By Yves-Edouard Baron * June 10, 2019

Medicare risk adjustment (MRA) coders identify active diagnoses that determine a patient’s level of risk (the likelihood of that patient needing medical care). This helps health plans project the cost of caring for their patient population. That is why good MRA coders always take time to read all patient reports (lab, imaging, biopsy, hospital discharge) to capture new diagnoses. Read More



If You Missed the Anatomy Expo, Were You Even at HEALTHCON?

By Michelle Dick * May 7, 2019

2019 was my first AAPC National Conference since 2008. Although there were many big changes since 2008, a few major differences I noticed particularly were that the size of attendance has quadrupled, and the education quality, as well as the food quality has gone up. Read More



The 282 Hospitals With 1 Star From CMS

By Mackenzie Bean * March 11, 2019

CMS updated its Overall Hospital Quality Star Ratings in February, recognizing 282 hospitals with one star.

CMS’ Hospital Compare website reports on quality measures for more than 4,500 hospitals nationwide. Here is a breakdown of the updated star ratings: Read More



150 Top Places to Work in Healthcare 2019

By Becker’s Hospital Review * May 21, 2019

Becker’s Healthcare is pleased to release the “150 Top Places to Work in Healthcare | 2019” list, which highlights hospitals, health systems and healthcare companies that promote diversity within the workforce, employee engagement and professional growth. Read More