Editor’s note: At the end of 2014, we conducted a survey of small practices and billing companies on HIPAA compliance. When we asked respondents from medical practices if they had conducted a HIPAA-required risk analysis, only 33% said they had done one. Interestingly, the risk analysis required by HIPAA is very similar to the analysis required for Meaningful Use. In this post, Robert Peterson of ACR2 Solutions discusses inner workings of a Meaningful Use risk analysis.
With Meaningful Use continuing to drive the adoption of healthcare information technology, it’s no surprise that one of the major developments in this year’s HIT market is a marked increase in patient portal adoption.
When the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) launched their EHR Incentive Programs back in January 2011, the main goal was to reward healthcare practitioners for adopting electronic health records and increasing efficiency within their practice. But one question we found ourselves asking was whether or not the incentives have actually encouraged EHR adoption?
Unfortunately, the notion of being fashionably late does not apply to EHR incentive programs. It pays to be on time for this party. If you haven’t yet attested for the Medicare or Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs, you’ve still got some time. Eligible professionals must begin their consecutive 90-day reporting period by October 3rd in order to attest to meeting meaningful use and be qualified to receive an incentive payment for 2012.
A stroke patient living in rural Virginia needs to be seen and the closest neurologist is more than two hours away in neighboring Maryland. Enter telemedicine – the use of technology to monitor patients remotely, store clinical data, or facilitate real-time communication between patients and providers. The recent growth of telemedicine has generally been viewed as a major benefit throughout the healthcare industry. Although it fosters cost savings and improved quality of patient care, many are left wondering why telemedicine hasn’t been adopted nation wide.
Electronic health records (EHRs) are here to stay. The industry has come to accept this and more smaller and medium-sized medical practices have recently begun to implement an EHR. Those who have held off are wondering about whether such a substantial investment will pay off -- both in terms of dollars and patient care.