As a new class of interns, who arrived July 1, begins treating patients in teaching hospitals around the country, a recent spate of studies questions whether rules mandating shorter shifts have made the situation worse.
American College of Physicians President Molly Cooke, MD, urged Congress to consider the National Commission on Physician Payment Reform's recommendations, which are "aimed at reining in health spending and improving quality of care by fundamentally changing the way doctors are paid."
Medicare only pays for primary care management services as part of a face-to-face visit. Under a proposed rule issued July 8, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services would make a separate payment to physicians for managing select patients’ care needs beginning in 2015.
New online marketplaces will begin selling health insurance to individuals in October, offering federal tax credits to help cover the cost of premiums to those who qualify. An outstanding question: In which states will national plans operate?
The Obama administration on July 2 announced a one-year delay in the Affordable Care Act's requirement that businesses with 50 or more employees offer coverage to their workers or pay a penalty. Workers whose employers do not offer coverage, and now have an additional year to do so, will be forced to go to health insurance exchanges to get coverage.
In one of the largest HIPAA breaches reported this year, the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration is notifying 187,533 clients that their protected health information, financial and employment data and, in some cases, Social Security numbers were exposed following a computer glitch.
Despite current challenges -- costs, workflow and usability concerns for some physicians, and exchange limitations for some hospitals -- the National Coordinator for Health IT's office said in a report to Congress that the stage is set for long-term progress.
The International Internet Week of Action, a global cooperative effort to combat the online sale and distribution of potentially counterfeit and illegal medical products, concluded June 25 with measures taken against more than 9,600 websites, according to an update from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Many of those sites, falsely claiming to be Canadian pharmacies, appeared to be operating as a part of an organized criminal network.
Many people who test positive on an initial hepatitis C test are not receiving the necessary follow-up testing to determine if their body has cleared the virus or if they are still infected, according to Tom Frieden, MD, MPH, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). May 19 is National Hepatitis Testing Day; this article includes CDC's recommendations for who should be tested.
In his session at the Health IT Summit in Boston on May 7, Larry Garber, MD, outlined these steps as imperative to achieving success with any EHR system, drawing upon experience and even the institution of marriage to cement for practice managers a meaningful strategy into an EHR future.
Individual eligible professionals and group practices participating in the Group Practice Reporting Option must successfully report as an electronic prescriber before June 30, 2013, in order to avoid a 2014 payment adjustment for professional services covered under Medicare Part B's Physician Fee Schedule.
One of the biggest challenges of meaningful use is getting acclimated to the change in workflow, according to Mike Jordan, MD, of East Lake Pediatrics P.A. in Trinity, Fla. Even though the practice has been using an EMR since 2004, staff still had to adjust to how they were using the technology to meet meaningful use.
Elizabeth Holland, director of the HIT Initiatives Group within CMS' Office of E-Health Standards and Services, shares details about pre- and post-payment audits currently underway and expected to impact between 5 and 10 percent of eligible providers who have attested for meaningful use.
In an electronic update issued April 26, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services offered the following list of questions that will assist you in assessing your vendor's capabilities in preparation for the ICD-10 transition. The agency also provided tips for keeping communications open during the process.
When it comes to privacy and data security, healthcare entities face tremendous exposure to regulatory violations and monetary damages. William Tanenbaum, partner at New York-based technology law firm Kaye Scholer LLP, offers 6 recommendations that can help ensure better data security.
Have you ever wondered what would happen to your meaningful use status if you were to change EHR vendors? The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, which administers the EHR Incentive Programs, has an answer for you.
It's not a stretch to assume that EHR technology will continue to evolve. However, assurance of a "better" future may not be much consolation to providers who are wondering when, if ever, they're going to see a return on their substantial investment.
Specialists benefit from reducing their overhead while getting guaranteed payment, I benefit by increasing the value of my type of practice even more to my patients, and the patient benefits by getting cheaper care.
What’s the purpose of health IT? It may seem a bit late to be asking that question, but given that the evolution of IT ongoing, it seems worth periodically revisiting the question in case, well, previous assumptions were wrong. After all, ideas about purpose lead pretty directly to the form a piece of equipment or, in this case, software ultimately takes.
Emdat Inc., a leading provider of web-based medical documentation software, announces the newest release of InScribe, the HIPAA-compliant typing application designed to help clinical documentation specialists easily and quickly complete quality documents. InScribe version 4.109 boasts advanced voice recognition (VR) integration and Qualified Text capabilities.
Phoenix Cardiac Surgery, P.C., of Phoenix and Prescott, Arizona, has agreed to pay the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) a $100,000 settlement and take corrective action to implement policies and procedures to safeguard the protected health information of its patients.
Privia Health, LLC, a physician-based wellness and care management company that is building the nation’s largest high performance network of top doctors, announced today it has secured $12.3 million in Series B financing from a group of leading healthcare industry investors and executives. The round of financing was led by Health Enterprise Partners (HEP), a New York-based healthcare private equity group whose limited partners include some of the nation’s top health systems and health plans.
Paladin, a leading provider of managed care services, announced today at the 2012 Risk Management Society (RIMS) Annual Conference & Exhibition in Philadelphia, the addition of a new physician-guided service, Physician Case Management.
Accident Fund Holdings, Inc. (AFHI) recently created a comprehensive narcotics program to help reduce the health risks of these drugs on injured workers and ultimately provide a mechanism for them to get back to work sooner.
Marci Nielsen, Ph.D., MPH, executive director of the Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative, will be a featured speaker at The Atlantic's fourth annual Health Care Forum on April 19 at the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington, DC.
Healthcare management consulting firm, Beacon Partners, today announced they are expanding their ICD-10 Assessment Services to include an ICD-10 Translator and business intelligence application from McGladrey, the fifth largest U.S. provider of assurance, tax and consulting services. The addition of McGladrey’s Translator will allow Beacon Partners to enhance their overall ICD-10 Assessment service offering and provide a more in depth solution to healthcare organizations making the transition to ICD-10.