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Leverage the ICD-10 delay to address coder shortages

July 17, 2014 - Guest post by Minnette Terlep, vice president of business development and chief compliance officer, Amphion Medical Solutions The one-year delay in the transition to ICD-10 is considered by some healthcare professionals to be a significant setback in the progress healthcare systems had made toward implementing the expanded code set. The ICD-10 delay will likely create...... READ MORE


Physician licensure compact revisions accommodate rise of telemedicine
Posted in Health IT Pulse by adelvecchio last updated Jul 29 2014

The Federation of State Medical Boards, a nonprofit organization representing all of the 70 medical and osteopathic boards across U.S. states and territories, released an updated draft of its compact which proposes changes to streamline licensure for physicians to practice in multiple states.

The…READ MORE


Congress puts ICD-10 delay under scrutiny
Posted in Health IT Pulse by DonFluckinger last updated Jul 25 2014

Meaningful use and EHR safety are in Washington lawmakers’ sights, as we’ve highlighted recently in a story and a blog post. Congress isn’t done yet: Looks like they’re going after ICD-10, too.

Earlier this year, Congress mysteriously hardwired an eleventh-hour ICD-10 delay into the yearly Medica…READ MORE


EHR safety battle could be looming
Posted in Health IT Pulse by DonFluckinger last updated Jul 24 2014

Both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Senate are examining the matter of EHR safety and preventing errors. That’s nothing new. But, as they tie into matters of meaningful use, these fresh looks at EHR safety could point to louder drumbeats come this fall.

Meaningful use…READ MORE


Substance abuse research comes to social media
Posted in Health IT Pulse by adelvecchio last updated Jul 23 2014

For those trying to track and shut down the spread of illicit drugs, there may be no need to hit the streets. A developing product, the National Drug Early Warning System, will help health experts scan social media to spot and combat the outbreak of common illicit drugs such as heroin as well as new…READ MORE


American Medical Association blasts meaningful use guidelines
Posted in Health IT Pulse by ShaunSutner last updated Jul 21 2014

The American Medical Association is blasting the federal government’s proposed changes to the EHR meaningful use incentive program for 2014.

“The proposed rule does not address our overarching concern with the MU program, which is the “all-or-nothing” mandate on physicians, James Madara, M.D., ex…READ MORE


Leverage the ICD-10 delay to address coder shortages
Posted in Community Blog by adelvecchio last updated Jul 17 2014

Guest post by Minnette Terlep, vice president of business development and chief compliance officer, Amphion Medical Solutions

The one-year delay in the transition to ICD-10 is considered by some healthcare professionals to be a significant setback in the progress healthcare systems had made towar…READ MORE


Doctors must register now to dispute Open Payments info
Posted in Health IT Pulse by ShaunSutner last updated Jul 16 2014

It’s decision time for doctors.

At least it is for those docs and teaching hospitals that will dispute or think they may want to dispute public postings of certain payments or items of value given to them by drug manufacturers and makers of medical and biomedical devices as stipulated by the Ph…READ MORE


National use of e-prescribing software hits 70%
Posted in Health IT Pulse by adelvecchio last updated Jul 16 2014

Amid staff changes and departmental reshufflings, the ONC can point to one sustained national health IT success: Physician adoption of e-proscribing software. All U.S. states have physicians e-prescribing through EHRs at a rate greater than 40%. The national average for e-prescribing is 70% — a per…READ MORE


Two-factor authentication a must for cloud health IT
Posted in Health IT Pulse by DonFluckinger last updated Jul 11 2014

Two-factor authentication – using a second identifier beyond a password to access data, be it a smartphone text code, retinal scan, fingerprint, DNA sample or other pound of flesh — has been discussed as a mandate in meaningful use for years, the latest in 2013 as federal advisory committees mull…READ MORE


Tool crunches meaningful use compliance with proposed rule
Posted in Health IT Pulse by DonFluckinger last updated Jul 10 2014

Some IT leaders for healthcare providers wonder what is going to happen this upcoming election season as rumors swirl around the future of meaningful use stage 2.

Others, according to DirectTrust CEO and longtime Senior Policy Advisor for the American Academy of Family Physicans David Kibbe, M.D….READ MORE


Practice Fusion launches searchable database of de-identified open health data, allowing consumers to track disease and prescribing trends.
Posted in Health IT Pulse by ShaunSutner last updated Jul 9 2014

Bet you didn’t know that shoulder contusions are trending up as the number-one reason for doctor visits, and that post-trauma headaches and middle ear infections account for the next two biggest increases in doctor visits lately.

These developments were flagged in a free, searchable database of…READ MORE


Patient engagement technologies: How to stay in touch and HIPAA-compliant
Posted in Community Blog by adelvecchio last updated Jul 9 2014

Guest post by Rebekah Johnson, senior compliance manager, West Corporation

Technology has become so woven into the fabric of our society that it often overshadows face-to-face communication. It’s so prevalent in healthcare that patients have come to expect their doctors to use technology to commu…READ MORE


Test of certified EHR systems finds flaws in document exchange process
Posted in Health IT Pulse by adelvecchio last updated Jul 8 2014

Federal regulators proposed to extend the meaningful use compliance deadline for providers who may still be working to meet stage 2 regulations in 2015. It turns out some certified EHR systems aren’t quite ready yet, either.

Stage 2 of meaningful use requires use of the Consolidated Clinical Docu…READ MORE


Tracking EHR adoption across space, time, specialties
Posted in Health IT Pulse by ShaunSutner last updated Jul 2 2014

At the University of California Berkeley’s School of Information, data scientists recently chronicled the modern history of EHR systems in bold graphical fashion, depicting the strikingly rapid rate of adoption of EHR at hospitals, doctors’ offices and healthcare organizations. Weaving data from…READ MORE


Healthcare organizations use delay to further test ICD-10 readiness
Posted in Health IT Pulse by adelvecchio last updated Jul 2 2014

The delay of federal ICD-10 implementation gave providers another year, at a minimum, during which they could perform testing to measure their ICD-10 readiness. Fewer than half of respondents to a survey indicated they will start on end-to-end testing this year, with 40% saying they plan to do it be…READ MORE


Was your EHR vendor late? Applying for hardship exceptions ends soon
Posted in Health IT Pulse by DonFluckinger last updated Jun 27 2014

Sometimes, for us word people, government-speak sounds like a foreign language and looks just plain absurd. Here’s the latest, get this: The hardship exception application deadline is July 1, for those eligible providers enduring vendor issues that would lead to meaningful use payment adjustments.
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Ponemon-Informatica survey pinpoints health data breach worries, security strengths
Posted in Health IT Pulse by ShaunSutner last updated Jun 25 2014

Relatively few healthcare IT leaders think patient data is at risk, according to a sizeable slice of respondents to a new Ponemon Institute global survey of IT and IT security professionals. Of the 142 respondents in the healthcare and pharmaceutical industries (1,587 respondents participated overal…READ MORE


FDA guidance steers clear of regulating medical device data systems
Posted in Health IT Pulse by adelvecchio last updated Jun 24 2014

Healthcare providers can breathe a sigh of relief after the FDA passed up a chance to throw another health IT requirement their way.

The FDA issued draft guidance saying they will not enforce any regulations that apply to medical device data systems (MDDS), medical image storage devices, and medi…READ MORE


2014 so far a bumpy stretch for Cerner Corp.
Posted in Health IT Pulse by ShaunSutner last updated Jun 20 2014

These have been turbulent times for Cerner Corp.

The Kansas City-based health IT monolith’s latest predicament unfolded behind closed doors when Ventura County, California grand jurors found that Cerner knew the county health care agency was incapable of installing the company’s EHR system, w…READ MORE


CMS releases more granular meaningful use stage 2 attestation numbers
Posted in Health IT Pulse by DonFluckinger last updated Jun 18 2014

CMS released more vendor-specific numbers on meaningful use stage 2 attestation, after reporting last week that eight eligible hospitals and 447 eligible providers have attested to stage 2 as of May 31. The vendor data — specifically, the absence of certain vendors — provides a preliminary look at…READ MORE


When it comes to healthcare data, is more always better?
Posted in Community Blog by adelvecchio last updated Jun 18 2014

Guest post by Roberta Katz, director, healthcare solutions, EMC Corporation, @Roberta_Katz, @EMCHealthcare

The online data we produce will grow 40% per year into the next decade, according to IDC’s new report, “The Digital Universe of Opportunities: Rich Data and the Increasing Value of the Inter…READ MORE


Letters to HHS secretary push for approval of telemedicine services
Posted in Health IT Pulse by adelvecchio last updated Jun 17 2014

Two letters addressed to Sylvia Burwell sent more than congratulations to the recently-confirmed HHS secretary.

Both messages urge Burwell and HHS to remove restrictions that limit the coverage for telemedicine services. One of the letters, signed by HIMSS and the American Telemedicine Associatio…READ MORE


Meaningful use stage 2 attestations creep forward
Posted in Health IT Pulse by DonFluckinger last updated Jun 13 2014

According to CMS numbers publicized at a June Health IT Policy Committee meeting, meaningful use stage 2 attestation is happening. How deep into the U.S. healthcare provider market it will penetrate is still up for speculation and debate.

But there’s no denying it’s underway, and the healthcare s…READ MORE


DeSalvo's 10-year health data interoperability plan: Can it work?
Posted in Health IT Pulse by ShaunSutner last updated Jun 12 2014

Let’s see what impact, if any, national health IT coordinator Karen DeSalvo, M.D.’s ambitious 10-year health data interoperability plan has on healthcare providers, consumers and IT vendors.

The 13-page manifesto sets out the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology…READ MORE


BYOD policies, secure texting should simplify healthcare
Posted in Community Blog by adelvecchio last updated Jun 11 2014

Guest post by Jon Jansen, CTO, Doc Halo

Though the question whether or not healthcare organizations should adopt bring your own device (BYOD) policies for physicians and staff members still crops up, there’s probably not much choice at this point.

Two years ago, 85% of hospitals were already a…READ MORE


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