The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH) allocates $19 billion in government funds to encourage the healthcare industry to adopt information technology in the way of electronic health records. [cont...]
Policy and Regulation
For consumers, passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act potentially means new access to healthcare services that may not have been previously available. For providers, implementation of this law requires creativity and efficiency in delivering those new services so that they can temper rising healthcare costs while still providing patients with the top-notch care that they need. [cont...]
Protect your patients and your budget by preparing for a HIPAA audit.
HIPAA and the HITECH Act mandate security audits for performance and privacy in medical practices. The goals of these audits are to examine mechanisms for compliance with HIPAA, identify best practices, pinpoint where the risks and vulnerabilities are and encourage a renewed resolve to pay attention to compliance activities.
Following a joint announcement from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Service (CMS) and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), the stages for Meaningful Use may be delayed. The pause on Meaningful Use would extend Stage 2 into 2016, giving professionals more time to meet the necessary requirements. [cont...]
We recently produced the Miley Cyrus "Wrecking Ball" parody to help our clients and friends have a laugh. But we also wanted to address the difficulties small medical practices are facing. The video satirized this by showing doctors getting knocked out by a 'wrecking ball' masquerading as government regulation and payer obstacles (insurance companies) doctors face everyday. [cont...]
What would Miley Cyrus say about the future of practicing medicine? Check out our parody of Wrecking Ball to find out!
Vocals: Alex Veal
Lyrics: Kevin McCarthy
We treat, we save, our patients rave
We work, never asking why
We tried, to play, do things your way
A game, no one can deny [cont...]
The CMS Medicare E-Prescribing (eRx) Incentive Program aims to promote the adoption and use of e-prescribing, but also penalizes those who do not comply. Medicare providers have until June 30 to send and report 10 e-Rx Medicare claims in order to avoid a 2 percent Medicare deduction in 2014. Physicians already using e-prescribing are ahead of the game. All they need to do to comply is file the CMS-1500 Medicare claims with a G8553 G-code for 10 encounters with at least one e-prescription. [cont...]
To better serve both our clients and the healthcare industry as a whole, we have dedicated a section of our website to providing relevant news and information as it relates to healthcare technology, medical billing, student health as well as government policy and regulation. [cont...]
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently announced that approximately 5 percent of participants in the meaningful use program will be audited before or after receiving their incentive payments. [cont...]