The introduction of the Electronic Health Record (EHR) has certainly brought about a major change in the way healthcare is administered in this vast country.
EHR's have evolved in a big way from the time they first came to be used in a moderate way in the healthcare industry a few decades ago. From then on, although the push towards making all health records online has been on -and the US economy saves close to $80 billion a year on paper and other aspects -the rate of penetration of…Continue
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For people on a job hunt, the reason for not offering one is almost invariably the same: You lack experience. How do you convince the organization that one can gain no experience unless one has a job? This is a typical chicken and egg conundrum: You are not given a job because you have no…Continue
Added by Roger Steven on September 18, 2017 at 6:30am — No Comments
The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) is a federal Act that regulates the manner in which physicians have to be paid when they treat patients who come to them under Medicare. It modifies and supersedes the earlier legislation on this topic, namely the Balanced Budget Act, which was in force from 1997.
From the time the Balanced Budget Act linked physician payments to budget cuts and economic growth; it has reduced physician payments by over a fifth. In…Continue
Added by Roger Steven on September 7, 2017 at 7:34am — No Comments
Ransomware is dangerous and malicious software that infects the operating systems of computers that are vulnerable. It blocks access to files, and demands a ransom for releasing it. After the ransom is paid, usually in the form of virtual cash, through means such as Bitcoin, the block may be released.…Continue
Added by Roger Steven on September 1, 2017 at 7:49am — No Comments
Protected Health Information (PHI) is a very valuable piece of information. It is valuable for the patient, for the healthcare provider, and for the insurer. Unfortunately, there is one source to which it is more valuable than to all these: Hackers. Protected Health Information is meant to be protected, but this information is coveted in the black market more than credit cards and social security.
The reason is simple: The PHI contains very vital, but confidential information about a…Continue
Added by Roger Steven on August 29, 2017 at 7:52am — No Comments
The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA), a federal Act that governs the way in which physicians need to be paid when they treat patients who come to them under Medicare, alters and replaces the earlier Act in this regard, namely the Balanced Budget Act, which was in force from 1997.
Since the Balanced Budget Act linked physician payments to budget cuts and economic growth; it brought down physician payments by 21 percent. MACRA, on the other hand, introduces…Continue
Added by Roger Steven on August 24, 2017 at 7:32am — No Comments
Perhaps no educational campus is free of students with some or another kind of mental or emotional issues. Considering the wide diversity of students that enroll into American colleges and the varied backgrounds they come from; it is no surprise that American colleges will have to deal with such…Continue
Added by Roger Steven on August 9, 2017 at 7:30am — No Comments
The medical profession is different from most others in one vital aspect: Practitioners of this profession don’t retire. The profession allows the physician to continue for as long as her physical and mental faculties allow her to. The US’ Supreme Court judges too, don’t retire, but theirs is…Continue
Added by Roger Steven on August 8, 2017 at 7:26am — No Comments
Most healthcare providers or organizations that are described as Covered Entities by HIPAA, engage vendors as HIPAA Business Associates for carrying out many of their services on their behalf. HIPAA defines a Business Associate as…Continue
Added by Roger Steven on August 2, 2017 at 8:10am — No Comments
Since the Affordable Care Act (ACA) –popularly called Obamacare –came into existence, there has been an exponential increase in the number of physician practice acquisitions. Some of the reasons that can be ascribed for this phenomenon are these:
- Physician practice…Continue
Added by Roger Steven on July 28, 2017 at 7:32am — No Comments
Carrying out audits is among the most important requirements for any organization that handles Protected Health Information (PHI). HIPAA hosting providers, who implement safeguards in the manner specified in the HIPAA Privacy…Continue
Added by Roger Steven on July 25, 2017 at 8:00am — No Comments
Stark Law compliance is now more than just a compliance issue. It has grown to become an Enterprise Risk Management matter, if the substantial awards and settlements in recent enforcement actions are anything to go by. For healthcare organizations that develop and implement provider contracts; managing their…Continue
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The fact of about 120 million individuals being affected by HIPAA breaches in 2015 highlights two important points:
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When people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) –called just autism –enter college, they are up against challenges that are unique and peculiar to the group. They need to be understood for their special needs, because they enter college at a sensitive age. There is an onus on the part of…Continue
Added by Roger Steven on July 12, 2017 at 7:48am — No Comments
It goes without saying that preparing for HIPAA enforcement is of crucial importance to organizations. The reason: Last year saw a spike in the settlement payments ordered by HIPAA. There were as many as seven settlements of a value of over $1 million each. Of these seven, one was for $5.5 million, another was for $3.9 million, and yet another for $2.75 million. These constituted a part of a dozen or so overall resolutions settlements. These results point to the fact that HIPAA is continuing…Continue
Added by Roger Steven on July 10, 2017 at 8:41am — No Comments
Electronic Health Records (EHR) or electronic medical records (EMR), as they are called, are of enormous use in the fields of healthcare and medical sciences. They have a number of features that enable the patient; the medical professional and the healthcare provider have complete and unimaginably easy access to all important records that relate to the patient.
A direct result of the…Continue
Added by Roger Steven on June 29, 2017 at 7:50am — No Comments
The American healthcare industry is a curious mélange. On the one hand, it is the world’s largest industry, with an estimated size of around $ three trillion. It is a system in which any treatment option that one can think of is available to the patient. Yet, it is characterized by a high degree of inefficiency and exorbitant costs. Many treatment options are out of reach of a large number of patients. It also suffers from non-implementation of many best practices that would have ensured a…Continue
Added by Roger Steven on June 13, 2017 at 8:24am — No Comments
It is not commonly known that a Covered Entity or its Business Associate have to comply with HIPAA regulations that relate to their organization’s human resources function. While HIPAA requirements for departments that deal with IT security and risk management are commonly known; HIPAA for the human resources department is also important.
HIPAA lays down a number of requirements that the HR…Continue
Added by Roger Steven on June 12, 2017 at 8:40am — No Comments
When structuring and auditing medical director and administrative agreements; the provisions of the Stark Law need to be taken into careful and full consideration. This is because the Stark Law is the operative law for this kind of arrangement.
Implementation of best practices for negotiating and drafting administrative arrangements on behalf of health systems, hospitals, medical groups and…Continue
Added by Roger Steven on May 30, 2017 at 7:31am — No Comments
In this age of outsourcing and globalization, and with it, the emerging potential phenomenon of the Internet of Things (IoT); it is quite a tempting proposition for HIPAA Business Associates or Covered Entities to think of outsourcing their processes relating to Protected Health Information (PHI).…Continue
Added by Roger Steven on May 26, 2017 at 8:30am — No Comments