Eligible Professionals: Review Changes in Stage 1 Meaningful Use Criteria that Begin in 2014

Are you a Medicare eligible professional who is participating or planning to participate in Stage 1 of the Medicare or Medicaid EHR Incentive Program this year? The Stage 2 rule for meaningful use included changes to Stage 1 requirements that took effect on January 1, 2014. Read more ›

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Thumbs Down To ICD-10 Delay, Be The Early Bird!

A number of healthcare providers were expecting to implement ICD-10 code this October. ICD-10, the vastly expanded system of diagnosis and insurance billing codes, has been designed to provide a better way to track and study disease trends, reduce coding errors, use more innovative payment methods, and improve care and quality management. Software systems were being upgraded; different systems were being checked for ICD-10 compliance, doctors and workers were getting trained, and a lot of other activities were performed by healthcare organizations to ensure compliance to the ICD-10 implementation deadline. Read more ›

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iPatientCare miGlass – The New Revolution Proving The Pertinence of Google Glass in Healthcare

Advancements in technology have always been hailed owing to their contribution to the betterment of humanity. Google glass is one novel technology that has left the world more than amazed. As with other technologies, suspicions regarding its success were raised. Outdoing all the misgivings, it has climbed heights of popularity and emerged as the most happening wearable technology. Read more ›

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25th Annual HIMSS Leadership Survey

Today, at the HIMSS Annual Conference and Exhibition in Orlando, HIMSS published the results of the 25th Annual 2014 HIMSS Leadership Survey, which highlights the journey of health IT over the past 25 years. The Survey examines a wide array of topics crucial to healthcare leaders including IT priorities, issues driving and challenging technology adoption and IT security. Read more ›

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CMS Extends 2013 EHR Attestation Deadline for EPs, Offers Attestation Assistance to Hospitals

On Friday, February 7, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) took steps to address challenges with the Meaningful Use Attestation process.

Providers have been commenting for the past several weeks about the issues they have encountered with trying to attest their Medicare EHR Program participation. CMS appeared to recognize the issues that providers have been experiencing and has had an announcement on its EHR Registration and Attestation website that stated, “due to the large volume of providers attesting, please consider attesting during non-peak hours to avoid system delays.” Read more ›

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Patient Engagement Through Social Media

Stage 2 includes new objectives to improve patient care through better clinical decision support, care coordination, and patient engagement. For patient engagement requirements and to successfully attest to Meaningful Use, the patient action will be more than 5% of a practice’s patients sending secure messages to the provider and more than 5% of the patients accessing their health information online. Does you practice have a plan? Are you implementing a plan? Read more ›

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CMS: 2014 is last year for PQRS incentive payment

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is reminding eligible professionals (EPs) participating in PQRS quality reporting that this is the last year incentive payments will be issued for satisfactory reporting. Read more ›

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February 28: The Deadline for EPs to register and attest to receive an incentive payment for 2013

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is reminding eligible professionals (EPs) that the last day to register and attest to meaningful use for 2013 is February 28, 2014. EPs must attest by midnight to receive an incentive payment.

Here is the full statement from CMS:

Medicare EPs Must Attest by February 28 at 11:59 pm ET to Receive 2013 Incentive Read more ›

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Tips to prevent data breach at your practice

Until and unless it is absolutely necessary, do not export anything from your secure EHR. Exporting PHI onto a portable device to access it outside your office is a high risk if the data is not encrypted; it is rather advisable to use secure remote access tools to access the information from outside the office and avoid exporting any data.

In order to maintain security and compliance your network and portable devices must be professionally managed to ensure that all protected data is secure and that access is tracked according to HIPAA. Rules. Even if it is a small practice you should have a strict policy requiring prior authorization to export data from your EHR system. And these rules should apply to everyone; Doctors and executives should not be exempt.

ENCRYPTION should be used to protect data on ALL devices – portable and stationary. Encrypting data allows you to avoid a HIPAA penalty because the HIPAA Breach Notification Rule says you do not have to report the loss of encrypted data. Encryption costs a lot less than notifying patients, facing government investigations and lawsuits, and paying for things like credit monitoring for all of your patients.

Have a risk analysis conducted by a professional rather than doing one yourself and risking a HIPAA penalty. There may be lot of protected patient data all over the place—on unencrypted portable devices like laptops, thumb drives, smart phones, and voice recorders; in the Cloud in unsecure and non-compliant (and sometimes free) e-mail, texting, and file sharing services; and with vendors, many of which had not signed Business Associate Agreements. Using a certified compliance expert will help identify these problems and solutions that you may miss, perhaps with disastrous results.

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How to ensure you collect on MU reimbursements for patient engagement

If you are striving to be meaningful use (MU)-compliant during 2014, you’ll need to encourage patients to access their health information online and communicate with your office electronically. Failing to do so means you won’t collect an incentive in 2014. Read more ›

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