Last week we spoke about choosing a HIPAA Security Officer. This week we are writing about how to identify your Business Associates and what are your responsibilities as a Covered Entity.
Being on the verge of a giant explosion of mobile technology in healthcare, it is wise for us to be mindful of what we will be collecting and analyzing. In the end, the primary goal is keeping people healthy and it will likely be a challenge to not get caught up in the buzz of gadgets or the sea of numbers, some of which will likely be completely unnecessary. Let’s explore some of the challenges ahead for adopting meaningful big data usage in healthcare.
Patient portal has been a buzzword in health technology for a few years now. Their popularity continues to increase, especially with the help from Meaningful Use Stage 2 requirements. An internet application that allows communication between patients and providers, patient portals offer a wealth of potential for increasing patient involvement in their healthcare. Notably, patients can access lab results, pay bills, access appointment notes, send/receive messages from the physician, and schedule visits. Eventually the applications will become commonplace, but who is using them right now?
This week we are talking about formulating your HIPAA Compliance Plan. First, why do you need a HIPAA Compliance Plan? This Plan will tell your employees, Business Associates and patients (and HHS, if they should come calling) how you secure Protected Health Information (PHI). Just as important is effectively communicating the plan to your staff.
In late 2014 NueMD released a study on HIPAA compliance in medical practices and billing companies. The survey indicated that 36% of medical practices weren’t aware there were updates to the HIPAA Law and only 38% were confident that their practice was actively implementing HIPAA compliance.
A recent survey of HIPAA compliance conducted by NueMD revealed a startling range of knowledge and compliance with HIPAA. Even though HIPAA has been around since 1996 and was updated to include the HITECH Act modifications in 2009, many medical practices revealed they were unaware of the full scope of HIPAA requirements, did not necessarily understand what they did know, or have not implemented full compliance programs.
We recently conducted a survey of medical practices and billing companies to gauge their knowledge of HIPAA’s privacy and security regulations, compliance measures, and communication methods.
This is the type of story that seems to indicate there’s something really wrong with healthcare as we know it: Madison, Wis., resident Megan Rothbauer, 30, suffered a heart attack a year ago followed by the treatment required to fully recover during her hospital stay. The story starts with her being taken to the emergency room at St. Mary’s Hospital in September 2013. The hospital was not in-network for her insurance plan, but three blocks away was Meriter Hospital, which was in-network
Telemedicine is emerging quickly. Physicians in dermatology and cardiology seem to be leading the way, but other fields of medicine will soon catch up. One of the most impactful groups to implement this new technology will be primary care providers, those on the front lines of healthcare. It is often said that the main goal of primary care is to keep patients from getting sick enough to end up in the hospital. This could not be more true and with today’s technology, those providers will only be more successful.
When you hear the term Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH), you might envision this place where providers and consultants are providing concierge service to elderly patients (who may or may not be getting their shoes shined and a nice clean shave). Sadly, this is not the case. The term patient centered medical home is simply a primary care practice with an extra focus centered around the patient.