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DecisionHealth Acquires Contexo Media, Dorland Health
GAITHERSBURG, Md., August 28, 2013 — DecisionHealth LLC, and its parent company, UCG, LLC, today announced the acquisitions of Contexo Media and Dorland Health, from Access Intelligence, LLC, of Rockville, Md. The combined entity becomes one of the largest providers of revenue cycle management guidance and tools to healthcare businesses nationwide.
“The product portfolios of our companies complement each other wonderfully,” said Jerry Okabe, General Manager of Contexo Media, who joins DecisionHealth as Vice President. “Health facilities, practices, agencies and students now have one place from which to get state-of-the-art tools for medical coding, billing and the entirety of their revenue cycle.”
The combination of DecisionHealth, Contexo Media and Dorland Health comes as demand for healthcare services is increasing exponentially given rapid growth in the U.S. population and extended life expectancy. With the cost of care rising as a result, insurance payers, led by Medicare, are demanding greater coordination of care among healthcare providers, as well as greater specificity to explain the health services provided and that they were medically necessary.
To that end, on October 1, 2014, the U.S. healthcare market will adopt ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS, a system of 67,000 medical diagnoses codes that’s five times larger than what’s used today by providers. As a result the need among providers for essential coding and billing guidance is increasing dramatically.
“We think this is a great time to be expanding our footprint in the market for business information services for healthcare providers,” said Steve Greenberg, President of DecisionHealth. “Contexo Media and Dorland Health offer a strong product line, great customers and a talented team of employees, all of which we are excited to add to our organization.”
In acquiring Dorland Health, DecisionHealth now is positioned as a leading publisher of premium content and training for care management professionals and providers migrating to new, more efficient service delivery models as the industry shifts from fee-for-service to a system rewarded on quality, wellness and outcomes.
“DecisionHealth appreciates the growing information needs faced by our customers, and the importance of actionable guidance and high-level training that drives both patient outcomes and the financial health of payers and providers,” said Carol Brault, Publisher of Dorland Health and Contexo Media, who joins DecisionHealth as Vice President. “This is unquestionably an outstanding strategic fit for both the Dorland Health and Contexo Media brands, and an opportunity to better serve our growing customer base.”
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About DecisionHealth and UCG
DecisionHealth has been providing information, guidance and tools to healthcare businesses for more than 25 years. Its publications, software and educational events help providers with issues impacting their revenue cycle — from patient intake to coding, billing and denials management. DecisionHealth publishes Part B News, Home Health Line and numerous specialty coding newsletters, known throughout the industry as “Pink Sheets.”
It is a unit of UCG, LLC, a diversified business-to-business publishing company headquartered in Gaithersburg, Md.
About Contexo Media, Dorland Health and Access Intelligence
Contexo Media, based in Sandy, UT, has provided procedural and diagnostic coding books, software, eLearning, and educational workshops for medical practices nationwide for more than a decade. Dorland Health publishes Case In Point, an industry-leading resource for professionals who serve in the case management industry, and is home to the Professional Patient Advocate Institute.
Both were formerly owned by Access Intelligence, LLC, (www.accessintel.com) — a portfolio company of Veronis Suhler Stevenson — a b-to-b media and information company headquartered in Rockville, Md.. It produces industry-leading publications and conferences for the media, PR, cable, operating room management, defense, chemical engineering, satellite and aviation markets.
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Tonya Nevin, VP Business Development, DecisionHealth
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DecisionHealth® and Henderson Creative Recognized by International Telly Awards for Online Health Care Creative
GAITHERSBURG, MD, April 3, 2013 — DecisionHealth, a D.C. area health care publisher, announced today that it has been honored in the 34th Annual Telly Awards along with producer Henderson Creative. The Telly is one of the most sought-after awards by industry leaders, honoring the best in film and video production, groundbreaking web media, and outstanding local, regional, and cable TV commercials and programs. The Telly Awards is a highly respected international competition that receives over 12,000 entries annually from all 50 states and 5 continents.
“The Telly Awards has a mission to honor the very best in film and video,” said Linda Day, Executive Director of the Telly Awards. “DecisionHealth and Henderson Creative’s accomplishment illustrates their creativity, skill, and dedication to their craft and serves as a testament to great film and video production.”
DecisionHealth was recognized in the Internet/Online — Health and Wellness category, receiving second place accolades and a Bronze Telly statue.
“We work extremely hard at telling our clients’ stories and delivering their messages in creative and compelling ways,” says Evelyn Henderson, Principal Owner at Henderson Creative. “So, it’s very rewarding when our video work is recognized by the best in the creative field from around world.”
DecisionHealth’s minute and a half commercial launched a new type of training product for the company — the ICD-10-CM CodingPro Training Cards. In the commercial, home health agencies can see how they can keep their staff engaged in training exercises for a new code set of over sixty thousand codes through simple game play.
“Training doesn’t have to be boring — no matter how technical the content. This product and the way we chose to create a commercial to show just how easy and fun it can be proves that,” says Tonya Nevin, Vice President New Product Development for DecisionHealth.
The ICD-10-CM CodingPro Cards from DecisionHealth uses the skill-boosting power of game play to ensure memory and comprehension of diagnostic codes and coding conventions. By using this training tool, home health agencies will accelerate the skill building necessary when the code transition begins — so they can quickly regain productivity and protect against revenue losses.
In addition to creating a fun learning environment that encourages not just learning, but team-building, the ICD-10-CM CodingPro Cards allows agency trainers to prioritize the learning that’s taking place at their agency on the specific core codes that drive real-world home health patient mix, justify medical necessity for home health interventions, and impact HHRG scores.
For over 25 years, DecisionHealth has served as the home care industry’s leading source for analysis, guidance and tools that improve revenue cycle performance, profitability and regulatory compliance. Agencies nationwide turn to DecisionHealth for education and training, coding and billing solutions, and ongoing expert guidance through its family of subscription-based services. DecisionHealth also certifies home health agency professionals in coding and OASIS-C through its Board of Medical Specialty Coding & Compliance, and provides custom consulting services to agency leaders through its DecisionHealth Professional Services unit. For product information, call 1-855-CALL-DH1 or visit www.decisionhealth.com.
About Henderson Creative
Henderson Creative harnesses the power of video, print and live event production to fashion cohesive marketing solutions for their clients that strengthens their brand and sets them apart from the competition. Such feverish innovation has been the studio’s cornerstone for more than thirteen years. This is the 6th Telly Award Henderson Creative has received in the past 3 years. To learn more about Henderson Creative’s award winning services call 1-443-820-3104 or visit www.hendersoncreative.com.
About the Telly Awards
The Telly Awards was founded in 1979 and is the premier award honoring outstanding local, regional, and cable TV commercials and programs, the finest video and film productions, and online commercials, video and films. Winners represent the best work of the most respected advertising agencies, production companies, television stations, cable operators, and corporate video departments in the world. Less than 10% of entries are chosen as Winners of the Silver Telly, our highest honor. Approximately 25% of entries are chosen as Winners of the Bronze Telly. To find out more about the Telly Awards visit www.tellyawards.com.
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Steven Brust, Home Health E-Solutions Specialist
DecisionHealth’s Home Health Coding Center Recognized as SIIA CODiE Awards 2013 Finalist
WASHINGTON, DC (December 18, 2012) — The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) announced DecisionHealth’s Home Health Coding Center as a finalist for the 2013 SIIA CODiE Awards. As a finalist in the Best Medical Information Solution category, SIAA recognizes the Home Health Coding Center as one of the best solutions for medical and health information professionals or consumers in the areas of research, medical professional health news or search solutions, diagnosis/prognosis information, professional workflow solutions, patient care information, and others.
“We are excited for the Home Health Coding Center to be recognized as a top coding resource for home health agencies,” says Tonya Nevin, Vice President of Electronic Solutions for DecisionHealth, “Our efforts to assist agencies in their conversion from paper to electronic coding not only increases agency staff productivity, but has proven to improve every day workflow.”
DecisionHealth’s Home Health Coding Center is the premier all-in-one online coding resource for home health, uniquely paring full code set access with highly-specialized source coding guidance needed to ensure accurate coding, receive proper reimbursement and reduce claims denials.
The Home Health Coding Center combines two of DecisionHealth’s top coding solutions into a single resource for electronic coding:
- ICD Interactive for Home Health Diagnosis Coding Online, puts the full ICD-9 and ICD-10 code sets online. Plus, it allows the user to search by code, bookmark frequently used codes, write and store code notes, and stay up-to-date on the most current coding changes.
- Diagnosis Coding Pro for Home Health, a monthly newsletter, delivers training and expert guidance in ICD-9-CM and ICD-10-CM coding, and gives the user access to searchable articles linked to specific codes, the full issue archive indexed and online, training tools and tips that ensure accurate sequencing and full payment.
“As the 2014 ICD-10 implementation date approaches, the Home Health Coding Center will continue to be key in helping agencies with the transition, making it easier for agencies to build ICD-10-CM code awareness for employees and make the best coding decisions to ensure their financial health,” says Trish Twombly, DecisionHealth’s Senior Director and technical reviewer for both Diagnosis Coding Pro for Home Health and the on-line education courses for the Board of Medical Specialty Coding & Compliance (BMSC).
Winners of the 2013 SIIA CODiE Awards will be announced during the SIIA’s annual flagship conference for information industry leaders, IIS 2013: Breakthrough.
About the CODiE Awards
For the past 27 years, the SIIA CODiE Awards have recognized more than 1,000 software and information companies for achieving excellence. The CODiE Awards remain the only peer-recognized program in the content, education, and software industries so each CODiE Award win serves as incredible market validation for a product’s innovation, vision, and overall industry impact. www.siia.net
For more than 25 years, DecisionHealth has served as the home care industry’s leading source for analysis, guidance and tools that improve revenue cycle performance, profitability and regulatory compliance. Agencies nationwide turn to DecisionHealth for education and training, coding and billing solutions, and ongoing expert guidance through its family of subscription-based services. DecisionHealth also certifies home health agency professionals in coding and OASIS-C through its Board of Medical Specialty Coding & Compliance (BMSC), and provides custom consulting services to agency leaders through its DecisionHealth Professional Services unit. For product information, call 1-855-CALL-DH1 or visit www.decisionhealth.com.
DecisionHealth® and Coding StrategiesSM Combine Forces to Deliver the Most Comprehensive Set of Health Care Online Training for Physician Practices
WASHINGTON, DC (August 17, 2011) – DecisionHealth, the leading source for health care news, analysis and instructional guidance, announced today a partnership with Coding Strategies, the leading physician specialty coding assessment and education provider, to expand its online training offerings for physician practice managers, clinicians and administrative staff.
The partnership enables DecisionHealth to offer additional libraries to their expanding catalog of courses. New libraries will include:
- Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology
- Emergency Medicine
- Medical Oncology
“Offering our online training courses to DecisionHealth’s customers is the logical next step in allowing more customers in the physician practice market full access the most up-to-date training available,” says Melody Mulaik, President of Coding Strategies. “It’s a win-win for each of us to ensure proper compliance and payment for physician services rendered.”
“Meeting the needs of health care professionals continues to be our top priority. We understand that coding and billing competency is top of mind in the ever-changing economic and political climate where it’s essential to earn and keep every dollar to which you are legally entitled,” says Corinne Kuypers-Denlinger, Vice President of DecisionHealth. “I’m excited to partner with Coding Strategies to round out a more complete course offering.”
Building on a history as the leading provider of highly rated live and audio training, DecisionHealth offers course catalogues for home health and physician office professionals. Each course targets the competencies critical to accurate documentation, coding and/or billing through a mix of instructional information (including supplemental source references) and interactive exercises that prompt the learner to apply their key learning points. Throughout all DecisionHealth courses, the learner will find true-to-life patient scenarios and practice the skills required to solve day-to-day reimbursement challenges.
As the leader in reimbursement news, analysis and guidance, as well as the provider of home health and specialty professional certification offered through the Board of Medical Specialty Coding & Compliance, DecisionHealth is uniquely positioned to target competency deficiencies that plague health care providers and cause unintended reimbursement errors. In addition, all courses were created in collaboration with subject matter experts, and reviewed by certified professionals.
For relevance, physician courses are offered either as part of specialty-specific curriculums or as stand-alone courses for targeted training. Other specialty specific courses currently being offered are Radiation Oncology, Pain Management and Invasive Cardiology. And, most DecisionHealth courses carry pre-approved CEUs for easy compliance with maintenance of annual certification mandates.
With an emphasis on competency development, all DecisionHealth courses are available to students for a period of 90 days and require completion of a final assessment. Learners must earn a passing grade of 85% or higher on the final course assessment in order to receive a certificate of completion and CEUs. This assures employers that their investment in training has its intended results of improved coding and billing productivity, improved documentation accuracy and, where appropriate, increased billing opportunity.
About Coding Strategies: Headquartered in Powder Springs, Ga., Coding Strategies (CSI) has been providing auditing, education, reference tools and consulting services to the health care industry for over a decade. The company is the leader in providing coding and compliance support, serving a wide range of healthcare organizations nationwide. CSI provides online training for specialty-specific outpatient coding. Course authors are nationally recognized consultants have backgrounds in coding, compliance, insurance, finance, billing, operations, practice management, etc., and each are published authors in their respective fields. CSI offers physician practices, coding professionals, billing companies, compliance officers and anyone responsible for medical coding with e-learning opportunities for specialty-specific coding. CSI consultants have extensive health care business experience and are the experts at tackling challenges that healthcare professionals face daily, such as operational, clinical, coding, compliance and reimbursement issues. Coding Strategies is also in the forefront in providing educational services and publishing specialty-specific outpatient coding guidance (including, but not limited to, Interventional Radiology, Diagnostic Radiology, Invasive Cardiology, Radiation Oncology, Medical Oncology and much more). For more information, please visit www.codingstrategies.com.
About DecisionHealth: For 25 years, DecisionHealth has served as the industry’s leading source for news, analysis and instructional guidance for nearly 100,000 health care executives, providers and their administrative staffs. DecisionHealth offers a wide range of self-paced online training courses for the outpatient and post-acute market. Each course is created and reviewed by leading health care experts, thus ensuring the concepts reinforced are relevant to solve the market-specific problems that plague coding, clinical and compliance professionals. Most courses are pre-approved for AAPC and BMSC Continuing Education Credits. For more information, please visit www.decisionhealth.com/store.
Contact: Tiffany Jones
Director of Online Learning and Certification
DecisionHealth’s Board of Medical Specialty Coding & Compliance announces new Home Care Clinical Specialist-OASIS (HCS-O) certification
WASHINGTON, DC (April 7, 2011) – The Board of Medical Specialty Coding & Compliance (BMSC) now offers a professional certification in OASIS-C for home health clinicians. The new HCS-O certification assures home health agencies that clinicians are able to conduct a comprehensive patient assessment and accurately complete the OASIS-C form. This leads to improved outcomes, accurate claims submission, and prompt and proper claims payment.
The Home Care Clinical Specialist-OASIS certification is issued by the same accrediting body that created the gold standard in home health coding certification: the Home Care Coding Specialist-Diagnosis (HCS-D).
The new HCS-O designation is granted only to clinicians who have demonstrated mastery of the clinical skills and judgment necessary to assess a patient’s condition correctly, and the knowledge to complete an OASIS-C assessment form accurately. Clinicians with HCS-O certification also know to document medical necessity, make connections between OASIS-C, documentation and coding, and measure and report outcomes.
“We’re very excited to bring this new credential to home health clinicians looking to demonstrate their OASIS-C proficiency,” says Corinne Kuypers-Denlinger, Vice President of DecisionHealth. “It’s a win-win for them and their agencies, which are looking to ensure excellence in patient care through the highest levels of OASIS-C assessment capabilities.”
The HCS-O examination is based on the following areas of competency: 1) Standard conventions and how OASIS works with payment systems; 2) Clinical case-mix items; 3) Wounds case-mix items; 4) Functional case-mix items; 5) Diagnosis coding rules; and, 6) Process measures (screening questions).
Agencies familiar with the OASIS-C certifications from other organizations will find the HCS-O exam from the Board of Medical Specialty Coding more rigorous. Exams cover more than just basic CMS guidelines to include application of that knowledge to the kind of complex, multi-faceted assessments and plans of care scenarios that clinicians regularly encounter in the field. Also, the credential maintenance cycle requires clinicians keep skills up-to-date through annual renewal or recertification.
Not only does the new HCS-O certification hold to higher standards, but it also is more cost-effective than less rigorous certifications. Comparisons will show that BMSC offers favorable pricing for first attempts on the test, as well as complementary second chances for those who fail to qualify on the first effort.
Finally, clinicians preparing to take the HCS-O exam will find a wealth of resources available through a partnership with DecisionHealth to provide the following resources, including…
- The BMSC Study Guide for HCS-O Certification Examination 2011 shows clinicians which OASIS-C competencies they need to focus on as they prepare for the HCS-O certification exam. Authored by the experts who wrote the exam, the study guide contains important OASIS assessment tips, practice questions and an exam outline.
- The OASIS-C Practice & Answer Book contains more than 100 real-life home health patient scenarios covering every item on the OASIS-C form. It’s an indispensable guide for understanding how to complete OASIS-C assessments accurately.
- The OASIS-C Case-Mix Library is a set of 5 self-paced online courses from which clinicians can pick and choose as needed. From basic OASIS-C introduction to advanced wound case mix details, this library helps clinicians with in-depth instruction on any OASIS-C case-mix challenge they have.
These and more than a dozen other supporting products can be found in the DecisionHealth store at store.decisionhealth.com by entering “OASIS-C” in the keyword search box.
Contact: Tiffany Jones
Director of Online Learning and Certification
Board of Medical Specialty Coding & Compliance/DecisionHealth