The 60-day comment period for the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NRPM) for Stage 2 meaningful use ends on May 7. The clock started ticking on the comment period when the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services posted the NRPM to the Federal Register on March 7. MORE

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How to successfully collect co-pays upfront April 11, 2012 | Kathryn Williamson - Revenue Cycle Consultant, Hayes Management Consulting
Attempting to obtain payment after the visit and processing refunds are incredibly labor-intensive and expensive. Your front desk should take the following steps to successfully collect accurate payments upfront.
CTIA, an organization representing the wireless communications industry, reported on April 10 that it worked with government and law-enforcement sources to develop four steps to deter smartphone thefts and protect consumer data.
27 ACOs join Medicare shared savings program April 10, 2012 | Mary Mosquera - Contributing Editor
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced April 10 that 27 accountable care organizations will participate in CMS’ Medicare Shared Savings Program. Through the program physicians and hospitals will work together to coordinate and improve care for seniors and share in the subsequent savings from delivering that care.
AHIMA continues push for no delay in ICD-10 adoption April 10, 2012 | Diana Manos - Senior Editor
The American Health Information Management Association wants healthcare providers to adopt ICD-10 as quickly as possible, even though the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services proposes delaying the compliance deadline for one year, until Oct. 1, 2014.
Proposed rule divulges new ICD-10 compliance date April 09, 2012 | Tom Sullivan - Government Health IT
As part of a proposed rule intended to simplify administrative transactions, the Department of Health & Human Services announced that the compliance date for ICD-10 would move out one year to Oct. 1, 2014.
Consumers signal concern about use of smartphone data April 06, 2012 | PhysBizTech staff
According to a Consumer Reports survey, 65 percent of smartphone owners said they were very concerned that apps could access their contacts, photos, location and other data on their devices without their permission.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has posted the full set of proposed clinical quality measures for 2014 as part of the agency’s EHR Incentive Programs Stage 2 meaningful use proposed rules. Public comments may be submitted until May 7.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is concerned about the safety of metal-on-metal (MoM) hip systems and has put out a call for expert scientific and clinical advice. The agency invites patient and practitioner recommendations on the use of MoM hip systems and the management of patients implanted with such devices. An advisory panel meeting on June 27-28 is open to the public.

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First impressions count: audit readiness sets a positive tone February 03, 2012 | Mac McMillan - Privacy and Security
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.
The country can’t have it both ways February 02, 2012 | Steven M. Hacker, MD - Founder, Medical Entrepreneur Symposium
Physicians are treated like a highly regulated business by government and third-party insurers. Thus, they should conduct their practice like a business.
Why the number of ICD-10 codes is not a big deal February 01, 2012 | Rhonda Butler - ICD-10, 3M
Believe it or not, you do not need to know or care about how many ICD-10 codes there are. I know this goes against the grain. It is almost the only thing that gets said about ICD-10.
Make healthcare data security a 2012 priority January 18, 2012 | Mac McMillan - Privacy and Security
It's 2012 and a new year, but I'm guessing your resolutions did not include learning more about privacy or data security. That's okay. Mine didn't either. That said, I am very excited about this new opportunity to talk about security with this community, and I hope you'll find it informative and useful.
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.
A two-foot view of EHR adoption January 04, 2012 | Dave Roberts - HIMSS
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.
Cloud technology in a healthcare setting January 04, 2012 | Geoff Webb
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.

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