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Biggest obstacles to stage 2 EHR bonuses revealed
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About 251,000 physicians and other eligible professionals already have received more than $2.6 billion in payments for the first stage of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' electronic health records incentive program. Collecting for stage 2 will rely on two things that, by and large, physicians have so far skipped: getting patients to look at their paperless records and exchanging data with others. More

Leading the way: 10 trends shaping the future of healthcare
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Health economics, care delivery, and buildings of the future were each top of mind to the more than 40 CEOs, owners, designers, and management consultants who offered a take on the future of healthcare in a recent industry survey. DPR Construction conducted the year-long study through in-person interviews and online surveys to gather the insight and filter the results into its "Future of Healthcare" report, including 10 areas of change projected to impact what's on the healthcare horizon, from reimbursement changes and electronic medical records to patient-centered care and evidence-based medicine. More

Top 5 medical billing schemes that bilk the system
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Most healthcare organizations are honest and forthright in their coding and billing practices. There are, however, an "ever-increasing group of disreputable providers who employ various tactics to scam the system," said Jeremy Reimer, AAPC member and president of Medical Coding Litigation Services. "Recognizing the circumstances in which these coding and billing schemes appear is the first step in fighting against these deceitful practices," he added. "The next step is to have medical bills evaluated by a coding expert to determine if in fact coding violations have occurred. We may never be able to stop bogus billing completely, but by knowing what to look for we can make it much harder to get away with." More

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Hospital CIOs on HIE, EHRs in storm Sandy
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With the support of health information technology, astute preparation by staff and, yes, even a little good old-fashioned luck, some hospitals and health systems along Hurricane Sandy's path emerged from the storm relatively unscathed. Officials at Atlanticare, one of New Jersey's largest healthcare systems, based in Galloway and Atlantic City, N.J., cite early preparation among IT and safety staff as key to surviving this kind of storm. More

ONC challenge: Make EHRs more readable
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The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology has a new challenge for software developers: ONC is calling on graphic designers to figure out ways to make electronic health records more "readable." The challenge is not only to make an EHR more readable for consumers, but downloadable, according to an ONC blog posting. More

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Final OPPS rule increases drug payments
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The 2013 Outpatient Prospective Payment System final rule finalizes ambulatory payment classification system changes, but hospitals will need to read the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule to find some of the biggest operational changes facing them next year. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services released the 2013 OPPS Final Rule on Nov. 1. More

Healthcare experts balance patient-reported data promise, problems
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Several major academic medical centers have been fairly successful collecting electronic patient-reported data to help manage care and improve outcomes, but they still struggle to integrate the information with clinical information systems and physician workflow. Such data can automate patient check in, assist with triage, lessen waiting time and get at health issues that might otherwise have gone unnoticed, said presenters at the recent American Medical Informatics Association annual symposium in Chicago. More

Take action on the Telephone Consumer Protection Act
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As a follow-up to our TCPA position paper at Legislative Day, please send the attached letters to your legislators. This is another supplement to our campaign encouraging them to support the critical legislation to modernize the TCPA. AAHAM continues to make advancements in our efforts and we need your assistance! Working through Paul in Washington, we have gained recognition for our work on this! Let's keep it moving! Thank you for your continued support and participation.

EHR technology falls short on protecting teens' privacy, pediatricians say
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Electronic health record technology should be retooled to protect the medical privacy of adolescent patients, the American Academy of Pediatrics says in a new policy statement. The problem is that the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act ties privacy requirements for EHRs to compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, which does not address adolescent privacy, according to the policy statement. More

New HIPAA SmartAudit app available for DIY self-audits
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Based on the HIPAA audit protocol established by OCR, eMedikon recently unveiled its new HIPAA SmartAudit tool. The online tool is designed for the Do-It-Yourself medical practice who wants to conduct its own HIPAA audits and close compliance gaps without costly consultants or high-priced software. More

How LEAN is your practice?
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At the heart of healthcare operations are their processes — processes that must run correctly all the time to avoid unnecessary risk to patients' lives and health. Once the healthcare industry acknowledged the fact that we all make mistakes — even physicians — it began to look into methodologies used by other industries to structure more "perfect" organizations. Two such process improvement methodologies — LEAN and Six Sigma — are now being applied across our industry to continually examine the functioning of health systems, hospitals, large provider groups, health information technology organizations, and health product manufacturing organizations. More

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