The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has begun the process of mapping out how new HIPAA electronic transaction standards will function. The intent of the project is to greatly reduce the likelihood of technical issues going undetected until after the standards have been adopted and to eliminate the negative impacts such issues would have on the healthcare industry.
HIMSS recently updated its Continuity of Care Guide (CCG) for primary care physicians. The revised CCG will serve as the foundation for HIMSS13 Educational Session 169, scheduled for March 7 from 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. in Room 291 of the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans.
Happtique on Feb. 27 unveiled the standards that will be used to certify mobile applications through the Health App Certification Program. Those standards, which had been fine-tuned since their draft release last June, will assess operability, privacy, security and content.
Seventy percent of healthcare professionals surveyed by information-exchange software provider Edifecs said they are skeptical of health insurance exchanges being ready to launch by the Oct. 1 deadline mandated by the Affordable Care Act.
PhysBizTech recently caught up with the founding president and CEO of the Massachusetts eHealth Collaborative for a discussion about the current state of EHR adoption in physician practices, an example of innovation in the field and a preview of where things are headed for small practices.
The Interoperability Showcase, which runs from Monday March 4 through Wednesday March 6 at HIMSS13 in News Orleans, features "health stories" -- clinical use cases that span multiple patient care settings, including ambulatory, acute care and inpatient. One such case will demonstrate the use of HL7's Consolidated Clinical Document Architecture, which enables exchange of information between clinical systems.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Feb. 24 issued an alert to healthcare providers and patients regarding a voluntary nationwide recall of all lots of Omontys Injection by Affymax, Inc., of Palo Alto, Calif., and Takeda Pharmaceuticals Company Limited, of Deerfield, Ill. The FDA said the recall is due to reports of anaphylaxis after initial injection of the drug, which is used to treat anemia in adult dialysis patients.
The more physicians can enlist, partner and work together with chronic-condition patients, the greater the likelihood that they can increase care plan adherence and impart the behavioral and lifestyle changes that are key to improving clinical outcomes. By engaging patients, physicians can minimize avoidable emergency visits, hospitalizations and readmissions, placing them in an excellent position to collect bonuses for meeting quality metrics or share in savings.
Daily vigilant monitoring of claim denials for all payers is the most precautionary way to reduce risks in revenue, as well as ensuring ongoing dialogue with billing system vendors, payers and clearinghouses regarding claim denials and corrective actions.
Although breaches at large healthcare providers tend to grab the most headlines, even smaller practices need to be on guard to prevent malicious attackers or simple human error from exposing their protected information.
Physician compensation can be one of the most challenging aspects of formulating a business plan when healthcare systems and practices align. But success in this area often comes from keeping things simple, transparent and straightforward. Here are some of the approaches organizations take to achieve successful physician compensation plans.
With the HIPAA 5010 conversion drawing to a close and the ICD-10 transition in flux, it may seem like physician practices are spending considerable time and effort preparing for, engaging in, and responding to large-scale system upgrades. These kinds of multi-faceted implementations can be daunting, particularly if a practice tries to address their many parts simultaneously.
While it is "critical that doctors, who have the best healthcare information to share, be part of the online healthcare conversation," according to social media advisor Glen Gilmore, "there are definite precautions that should be taken to lessen the risk of social media missteps."
Following confirmation that the proposed rules for meaningful use Stage 2 had been submitted to the Federal Register for publication, ONC personnel -- including National Coordinator Farzad Mostashari, MD -- fielded questions from HIMSS12 attendees Wednesday afternoon during the agency’s open-forum Town Hall session.
Don't cancel your next ICD-10 steering committee meeting. I know that acting Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) administrator Marilyn Tavenner promised to re-examine the ICD-10 timeline yesterday. But this is what she said Tuesday:
This blog is largely focused on the nuts and bolts of the health IT transition. But one could fairly argue that the key to the success of health IT lies not in getting the right hardware in place, but in figuring out how to keep patient data secure regardless of the equipment at hand.
During our last discussion we began talking about the Office for Civil Rights and its recently launched compliance audit program. That program, as you recall, is part of OCR’s assigned responsibilities under the HITECH Act of 2009.