Weekly Readings: Test your ICD-10 skills, learn about crowdsourced CPR, and more

[vc_column width=”1/2″]As promised, the first link in this weekly article selection is a way to test your ICD-10 skills before the October deadline comes rolling around (although to be fair, it looks as though there may be a transition period). The remainder of this week’s articles concern crowdsourced CPR, EHR adoption, pediatric CT use, and the questionable prevalence of certain pre-op tests.

1. ICD-10 News: CMS releases interactive case studies – CMS

Get in some practice on your ICD-10 preparation. The Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released some interactive case studies to help you hone your skills and better understand the documentation concepts. Poke around on their ICD-10-specific website, roadto10.com, to find even more resources for your training.

2. Crowdsourcing CPR gets more help to cardiac arrest victims – LA Times

Could technology be used to harness the skills of those nearby? A team of Swedish researchers conducted an experiment that used a mobile phone app to direct CPR-certified individuals to nearby emergencies. The experiment proved successful, with four out of five volunteers responding to the call. Three U.S. cities have tried implementing similar systems. Regardless, use of the app is interesting and could prove to be a model for future similar endeavors. What kinds of other helpful things could we crowdsource?

3. Certain pre-operative tests still common in U.S. despite low-value and high-cost – ITN

Professional physician associations have determined certain routine tests before elective surgeries to be of high cost and low value, and a recent national study by researchers at NYU Langone Medical Center found that despite nearly 15 years of those same peer-reviewed recommendations, physicians have not typically changed their own recommendations.[vc_column width=”1/2″]4. Study finds disparity between early, late EHR adopters – iHealthBeat

According to a recent study, those who adopt the EHR model early are far more likely to continue in its correct use. The study also found that early adoption of EHRs was associated with access to resources and organizational support for EHR implementation, increased financial capacity, and a history of experience with health IT. These findings, however, suggest that although the meaningful use program did help to advance EHR adoption, consistent use of such poses its own set of barriers–thus leading to a disparity of quality among providers.

5. CT use for pediatric falls doubled over 10-year span – Health Imaging

With the recent focus on radiation risk, this news is particularly relevant. A new study has shown that over the past ten years, use of CT in pediatric falls has doubled, suggesting over-utilization of the modality and an increased risk of radiation exposure.


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