Posts Tagged ‘DFW’

I Love….

In this month of love, many texts and valentines use shorthand to say I Love You. We have come to equate the iconic heart with love and emotion. I recently went to a chocolate shop and rather than the heart shape, they had an anatomical heart molded from chocolate. I thought it was great! But […]

Physician Transformation

Recently, I was in my pediatrician’s office and I noticed staff members carrying around a mini laptop to enter the information about my child’s visit. Adopting an Electronic Health Record (EHR) is part of the requirement in achieving “meaningful use” for physician offices. Witnessing first-hand the use of such technology instead of paper is refreshing. […]

Improving our Health: The Mental Health Conundrum – Part Two

Thanks for reading last week. You gave some great answers on what unsettles your mental well-being on a daily basis. They included sick family members, job woes, money worries and depressing news stories. This week, let’s talk about how mental health affects our physical well-being. The Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council Foundation’s research discovered the two […]

Monthly Data Submission Requirements

As of 2013, member hospitals will be required to submit both outpatient and inpatient data on a monthly basis. The new submission schedule will reduce the lag time between the submission and the release of the data. While there are no penalties associated with missing the monthly submission deadlines, this requirement has been included in […]

Data Submitters – Thanks for your hard work

As we close 2012, the Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council Foundation (DFWHC Foundation) Information and Quality Services Center would like to take this opportunity to thank our hospital data submitters for their hard work. Our submitters tirelessly endured numerous submission changes and upgrades. Thanks to your patience, these implementations have improved processes and efficiencies. Users were […]

AstraZeneca makes donation to community health website

The Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council Foundation (DFWHC Foundation) announced today that global biopharmaceutical company AstraZeneca has made a charitable contribution of $2,000 in support of the community health website Healthy North Texas. Created under the direction of the DFWHC Foundation, the website’s ongoing efforts in detailing North Texas diabetes inspired the contribution. The DFWHC Foundation’s […]

Q-Edit Updates

The Information and Quality Services Center launched its new data correction tool in April 2012. Since implementation, there have been several upgrades developed to improve user efficiency as well as improve the overall quality of the data. Changes include: Blinding/Masking Functionality – The system d-identifies patient demographic information on records when the diagnosis on the […]

THCIC assessing errors for claims ineligible for THCIC reporting

The Texas Health Care Information Collection (THCIC) is assessing errors for claims identified as being ineligible for required state reporting. Claims with CPT (Current Procedural Terminology) and HCPC (Healthcare Common Procedure Coding) codes identified as required to report to THCIC are being assessed errors at System 13. The Dallas Fort Worth Hospital Council (DFWHC) and […]

THCIC announces issue with 5010 specifications

The Texas Health Care Information Collection (THCIC) has announced an issue with the 5010 specification released in January 2012. In the specification, revenue code 320 was omitted from the list of revenue codes required to be included in the outpatient data set. All 2012 submissions for Dallas-Fort Worth Hospital Council (DFWHC) member facilities have been […]

Changes in policy affect the Death Master

The “Death Master” is not the Grim Reaper or some obscure vampire film. It is a file maintained by the Social Security Administration (SSA) with information on millions of deceased persons and their social security numbers. It is updated weekly and available for subscription. Government agencies, financial entities and credit organizations use the information to […]