With the transition to ICD-10 just a few months away, making sure you're ready for the October 1 deadline is more important than ever.
For decades, the majority of patients have traveled to an appointment with a physician with one thing in mind: “treatment.” Regardless of the cost or available evidence, most patients trusted physicians with a “you’re-the-doctor” attitude and took whatever medication was prescribed. However, today’s system is rapidly evolving. Patients are now researching their symptoms and diagnoses. Often times they may be overdoing it or relying on inaccurate information, but none the less, our society is now full of educated patients.
Since hearing about the concept, I personally have been a fan of the direct primary care (DPC) model. The benefits of the system are obvious, as it facilitates patient-centered care and physician autonomy, both of which seem to be neglected in the typical high-paced primary care setting. Despite DPC being a spawn of concierge medicine, it is not only for the rich. In fact, many of the practices using this model are very affordable for middle-class families.
Often in healthcare, less is truly more. Many practitioners know this and it is certainly not an original idea of mine. I learned this concept from much more experienced teaching physicians. They taught me the secret that medicine isn’t about “if this, then that” algorithms, but more of an art — and a very humbling art. They preached that the best treatment is often not treating at all, but rather reassuring a patient that his body is running its natural course recovery and that we are here to help in the event that his situation gets worse instead of better.
Over the past week, we've discussed some of the most common HIPAA violations you should look out for. In the first blog post of this series we talked about lost and stolen devices, hacking, dishonesty, and the improper disposal of documents.
Welcome back! If you missed the first installment of our Top 10 HIPAA Violations blog, you can read it here. Now, on to the last 5 HIPAA Violations…
Wouldn’t it be great if there weren’t hackers, lost devices were always returned intact, and employees followed the rules? Unfortunately, that is not the case. Everyday we are running into a growing list of HIPAA Violations, and I thought this would be a great opportunity to talk about 10 of the most common violations.
Last fall, Vinod Khosla made the bold statement that technology will automate or replace 80 percent of doctors. He sparked some serious concern amongst physicians everywhere. Is he right? In some sense, he is correct in saying that much of what a doctor does will be automated. Even now, most physicians are scrambling to the nearest device with internet access to look up a drug or disease. Khosla’s theory assumes there can be an even faster way to sense, record, and analyze signs and symptoms. He is likely correct, but that still only accelerates the diagnostic process. However, diagnosis is generally only a portion of the job of a physician.
This video is the third in a series of training videos produced by NueMD and Capture Billing. The previous videos introduced the basics of ICD-10 and how to format ICD-10 codes.
Wearables are getting some major hype recently, especially since the release of Apple’s HealthKit and with the growing popularity of Fitbit. Eventually, the technology will be widely used by providers to receive medical data from patients, helping to promote disease prevention and to improve treatment compliance. Wearables will allow for more frequent collection — and organization — of accurate and objective medical information.