The American Podiatric Medical Association will be hosting its 66th Annual Region Three Scientific Meeting next month, from May 6-9, in Atlantic City, NJ. The meeting brings together podiatric physicians and assistants from Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware, in addition to leading industry vendors, such as 1st Providers Choice, which will be exhibiting its leading ICD-10-ready Podiatry EMR software.
The conference will provide over 20 CME credits, with seminars covering a broad range of podiatric topics including:
Healthcare organizations have raised many concerns about the transition to ICD-10, which will introduce thousands of new diagnosis codes, citing that a lack of preparation could result in an increase in claim denials. The compliance date, however, is still set for October 1, 2015, and it is unlikely that the deadline will be pushed back yet again. In order to avoid cash flow disruption resulting from claim delays and denials, medical practices must be proactive and take steps to prepare for the compliance date.
Despite the healthcare industry’s widespread adoption of electronic health record software and the push for interoperability, patient care is often fragmented. Medical information known to a patient’s primary care provider, for example, may not be known to the specialist treating the individual or to the hospital or urgent care center that the patient visits and vice versa. This lack of knowledge can lead to medical errors, higher care costs and gaps in treatment.
Health information exchange (HIE) addresses this issue by allowing providers to securely share and access critical patient information at the point of care. Rather than requesting medical records by fax or mail, HIEs allow for instant electronic access to patient health data. The data from one system gets stored seamlessly in another and is available for the provider to view at any time. This data may include past medical history, results for lab and imaging tests, current medications and more.