Category Archives: by Mark Morsch

Not science fiction: AI is creating value in surprising places

You might think of artificial intelligence (AI) in health care as science fiction — something that’s a future possibility. But the truth is, the future is here now. AI is a collection of methods and technologies for performing tasks we often associate with the human mind, such as learning and reasoning. AI approaches already have […]
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Resist the romanticism of artificial intelligence

Artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning processes have the potential to improve health care. The industry is responding to that potential and is expected to increase its investment in AI by 44 percent between 2017 and 2020. To leverage the full potential of AI, we cannot be swayed by a romantic vision of AI as […]
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AI helps health care professionals focus on the work that matters

Artificial intelligence (AI) in health care can have a high return on investment — not by taking the place of humans, but by enabling them to work at their highest level of certification. It can allow doctors to focus on patients, auditors to focus on assessing finances, and medical coders to focus on accurately reflecting […]
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A real-life application for artificial intelligence in health care

Artificial intelligence (AI) is everywhere. It’s in our shopping experiences, our search engines, our dining and entertainment recommendations. We’ve seen AI-based medicine on TV for decades, and we can make that a reality — if we go deeper. I’m more excited than ever about the possibilities of AI in health care, but we need to […]
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Build an ICD-10 rapid response team for revenue emergencies

Now that ICD-10 is a reality in the U.S. health care environment, providers are finding that October 1, 2015, didn’t bring with it the D-Day scenario they thought it might. But they also know ICD-10-related challenges that aren’t apparent now might manifest themselves in the coming months. Providers were certainly ready to submit claims come […]
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Positive signs in early results — reasons for optimism regarding ICD-10 productivity

One of the biggest unknowns of the ICD-10 implementation is the effect on coding productivity. Experts have estimated the expected loss in productivity post-ICD-10 as HIM professionals climb the learning curve, and studies of other countries’ post-ICD-10 loss unveil valuable insights. One of the best studies on time loss published in 2014 revealed that participants […]
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A saving grace? What the new grace period does and does not mean for ICD-10 unspecified coding

With the recent Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announcement of a ‘grace period’ related to ICD-10 coding specificity for Part B physician claims, there is a spotlight on unspecified ICD-10 codes. But how much will HIM leaders need to worry about unspecified codes? According to a recent review of more than 30,000 dual-coded […]
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Natural Language Processing Technology Will be Critical to ICD-10 Success

It seems October is becoming a critical month for change in the health system. The major provisions of the Affordable Care Act will come to life in October 2013. Twelve very short months later, our transition to the ICD-10-CM/PCS system for coding medical documentation will be complete.

Computer-assisted CDI helps hospitals meet the challenge of burgeoning electronic health records

Not long ago, parts of our health system remained mired in technological backwaters. With patient records locked in paper charts, sharing information with other hospitals or physicians usually involved a foot chase across town. Today, following a period of innovation and unprecedented investment, most physicians are online and managing their patient records electronically. This increase […]
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