Officials from the American College of Physicians presented the internal medicine organization's annual State of the Nation's Health Care briefing on Feb. 20, detailing a strategy they said would make the U.S. healthcare system better and reduce barriers to the patient-physician relationship.
Most states are on track to meet requirements for upgrading their Medicaid management systems and sharing data with federal agencies, but a few have been struggling and won’t meet January 2014 deadlines, according to the Department of Health & Human Services' Office of the Inspector General.
The Application Privacy, Protection and Security (APPS) Act of 2013, proposed last month but not yet introduced as a bill, would require developers to disclose how they collect personal data and which other parties would have access to that data. However, if enacted, APPS restrictions on how mobile app developers use personal data would do more harm than good, according to one mobile device security expert.
Medicare patients can anticipate paying considerably less for their diabetes and other products starting in July when the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services expands its competitive bidding for durable medical equipment (DME) and mail-order program. However, the DME industry continues to point out problems.
The federal government recovered $4.2 billion in healthcare fraud judgments, settlements and other proceedings during 2012, the Departments of Justice and Health & Human Services reported last week. According to the report, the return on investment for the recovery program over the last three years is $7.90 for every $1 spent.
This is the first in what I hope will be a useful series on the subject of ICD-10. My goal in writing is to offer clear, concise information about ICD-10 to physicians and physician practice managers, so they can focus on the key differences between the code sets — differences that actually matter for coding and documentation.
Now that I’m over 50, I seem to have more and more opportunities to personally meet specialists in the healthcare community. My most recent experience was with a podiatrist in La Jolla, Calif. After complaining for almost six months — to anyone who would listen — that “my feet hurt,” and anticipating the marathon of HIMSS12, I finally called my family doctor who referred me to a local podiatrist. After the podiatrist diagnosed my problem and explained the long-term treatment protocol that would be needed, he asked if I had any other questions for him.
The healthcare industry is under constant pressure to streamline the sharing and availability of information, while at the same time maintaining ever-more rigorous controls over patient privacy, and of course, reducing costs at the same time. Therefore cloud computing offers some significant opportunities, perhaps even more significant than in many other industries.