HIPAA crackdown coming: Preparing for audits

HIPAA crackdown coming: Preparing for audits Healthcare organizations need to fully understand the safeguards before the OCR comes knocking. There are essentially three safeguards regarding HIPAA: Administrative safeguards Physical safeguards Technical safeguards Each are very important to cover prior to an audit. Phase II of the HIPAA Audit Program is expected to start soon. It…

WEDI offers ICD-10 help for small practices

WEDI offers ICD-10 help for small practices Recently, a white paper to help small providers with ICD-10 testing was created by the Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI). It provides physician practices with a guideline on where to start the ICD-10 testing that focuses on primary considerations and procedures for external testing with payers to…

House approves bill regarding ambulatory surgical centers and MU

House approves bill regarding ambulatory surgical centers and MU The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) extended a deadline from Feb.28th to March 20th allowing eligible professionals (EPs) to attest for the Medicare Electronic Health Record. This is important because this is the second extension for participants in the meaningful use (MU) program. This…

5 IT challenges of supporting value based reimbursements

5 IT challenges of supporting value based reimbursements The technological obstacles to addressing Value-Based Reimbursement are many — and it all starts with confusing language that does not clearly address the system changes needed. Take the Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) concept, for instance. PCMH alone might have any one of 10 or more different…