LifeCare Hospitals Selects Meta’s Integrated HIM & CDI Software Suite

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Software company’s ICD-10-ready solution offers flexibility to meet workflow needs of large multi-facility healthcare institutions

Meta Health Technology announced that LifeCare Hospitals is implementing the company’s software for Abstracting/Coding and Clinical Documentation Improvement at the system’s twenty-seven long-term acute care (LTAC) facilities. The integrated software suite is a web-based solution that includes eAbstract to streamline abstracting and coding; ePhysicianQuery to automate the physician query process; and eCDI to automate the clinical documentation improvement process.

According to Eli Nahmias, President and CEO of Meta Health Technology, “LifeCare is a very progressive long-term acute care hospital company, and we are delighted that they have chosen our solution. LifeCare has done an excellent job of initiating a CDI program and ensuring coordination with their Health Information Management function. Our integrated solution provides a complete picture of the process, from concurrent chart review all the way through to the final bill. In this instance, the flexibility of our product -- and our ability to customize it-- were very important factors in LifeCare’s decision. We worked very closely with them to deliver a product that meets their specific workflow requirements. In addition, our experience working with large, multi-facility institutions is an advantage in meeting Lifecare’s needs.”

Meta’s software suite is ICD-10-ready, so that hospitals can begin using it now with the ICD-9 coding system and continue working without interruption when the new ICD-10 codes go into effect. Barbara Hinkle-Azzara, RHIA, VP/Operations for Meta Health Technology, adds, “With the introduction of ICD-10, physicians will need to provide much greater specificity in their documentation. As a result, we anticipate the volume of physician queries to increase dramatically. Our software makes it easier for physicians to respond promptly and consistently, because all their queries are in the same format regardless of whether they are sent by CDI or by HIM.”

About LifeCare Hospitals
Founded in 1992 to provide a better chance at recovery for patients with severe injuries or acute
illnesses, LifeCare is a leader in the delivery of long term acute hospital services. Based in Plano, Texas, LifeCare operates both freestanding and "hospital-in-hospital" long term acute care (LTAC) hospitals designed to care for medically complex patients with a critical injury or illness who require extended hospitalization. The company's network includes 27 locations in 10 states. All LifeCare Hospitals are accredited by The Joint Commission and Medicare certified.

About Meta Health Technology
Meta Health Technology is a full-service provider of health information management and CDI solutions for hospitals, clinics, physician group practices and long-term care facilities. Headquartered in New York City, the company has served the healthcare industry exclusively for over 30 years. Meta's clients range from small community hospitals to many of the largest and most prestigious medical facilities across the United States and in Canada. The company provides a level of client service that is unmatched in the industry.

Meta's HIM and CDI software automates critical functions, including abstracting and coding, document imaging and management, physician query, clinical documentation improvement, deficiency management, release of information, chart tracking, electronic signature, electronic medical record, reporting and compliance, and department management.


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