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5 Tips on HIPAA Compliance

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) is a set of viable guidelines that dictates the security of health information which is stored/ transmitted via an electronic medium. These guidelines are subject to change in a timely fashion and the medical practitioners ought to keep themselves updated with these changes and ensure that their billing is compliant with the HIPAA security standards.

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Importance of Electronic Health Records

Modern physician’s office can be bisected into two parts- the medical practice and the ton of paperwork and documentation that comes with maintaining a health care facility. Even a small heath care center or an individual’s practice has its own share of record maintenance. This is why investing in a credible electronic medical record (EMR) system is necessary.

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HIPAA Breach Notification Rule

The risk of personal identifiable information falling into the wrong hands or even finding its way into the public domain is a fear that we constantly live with, in this age of digital records and internet.  We saw the reality of this fear when personally identifiable information of about 80 million individuals was potentially exposed by the data breach at Anthem. 

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MACRA – What Is It All About?

April 28, 2016 witnessed the release of the proposed rule that is intended to guide the implementation of MACRA (Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015) which aims to reward clinicians and physicians engaging in activities that support and drive positive patient outcomes.  MACRA, once implemented in totality, will change the way physicians taking care of Medicare patients are paid by CMS.

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Best Practices – Clinical Documentation Improvement

All healthcare facilities – irrespective of whether they are a business enterprise or a charitable institution – have to be financially viable in order to continue to provide services.  Clinical documentation improvement (CDI) programs have evolved from being an informal part of the process to becoming the backbone of the facilities financial viability.  

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Multitude of EHR Notifications Adding To Physician Burnout

It takes just a jiffy to send an online message – compare that to the days gone by, when paper-based systems made sending messages an onerous task.  That is an improvement in our fast paced world today, or is it?  The ease and speed of instant messages has resulted in people sending and receiving far too many messages which take more time and concentration to read,

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Do EHR Design Flaws Lead to Errors In The Emergency Room?

Information Technology and computers are supposed to make our work easier, faster and accurate.  However, the transition to digitized record systems seems to be causing a whole new category of patient safety errors.  From ordering medication dosages larger than required to making entries in the wrong patient’s records – are these user errors in the making or are they due to a poor system design?

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Report: Inferior Healthcare Mobile Apps could cost hospitals upto $100 mil every year

One of the most frustrating aspects of mobile health applications offered by hospitals is the lack of required services that consumers want.  Although, out of 100 of the largest US hospitals, 66 offer consumer mobile health apps; only 2% of patients are found to be using them.  This coupled with the non availability of services that consumers want from their health apps,

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Tips on Improving Patient Engagement through Health Information Technology

Since the beginning of time, communication has been the most important factor in human relationships.  In time, the way we communicate has evolved and today, technology plays a huge role in our communication with each other.  Communication between patients and providers is gaining importance in the healthcare industry.  Good communication with your patients will result in them following your advice,

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CDC Report: 74.1% physicians use EHRs but most don’t share data

According to the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH), providers and hospitals who demonstrate the meaningful use of a certified electronic health record (EHR) system, are eligible for incentive payments.

The meaningful use programs seemed to have worked well, with office based physician EHR use jumping from 67.5% in 2013 to 74.1% in 2014. 

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