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Don’t Get Too Comfortable With That Meaningful Use Payment – Here’s Why

20. June 2017

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When the title of an OIG report is about Medicare paying out hundreds of millions it shouldn’t have, that’s not great news for Medicare or the providers who got those funds. But that’s exactly what a report released June 12, 2017, says: “Medicare Paid Hundreds of Millions in Electronic Health Record Incentive Payments That Did […]

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Translate HIMSS17 Tips Into Career Advice for 2017

24. February 2017

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This past week, two of our newsletter editors from The Coding Institute attended health IT conference HIMSS17 and Tweeted highlights from sessions. One point that came through loud and clear is that no matter what job you have in healthcare, data connections are so intertwined you have to expand your thinking beyond your own department. […]

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Managing Your EHR Meaningful Use Expectations

22. February 2016

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So what’s next for Meaningful Use, that part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) that established the Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program? For the immediate future, providers can expect the Meaningful Use program to proceed as planned with incentives and penalties. The incentives were the “carrot” portion of Meaningful Use, […]

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CMS Promises Future Without Meaningful Use Program

22. January 2016

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The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)’s recent announcement of the end of Meaningful Use made headlines in healthcare circles because less than a year ago, the agency’s leadership seemed committed to Stage 3 of Meaningful Use through 2018 and beyond. Learn the Motivators Behind CMS’s Announcement What changed? Unrelenting pressure from healthcare industry groups like […]

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Learn the Latest Meaningful Use Requirements for Your Practice

14. January 2016

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Wondering what’s up with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ EHR program for 2016? CMS released its final rule for stage 3 of the Electronic Health Record Incentive Program in October, and it features modifications to meaningful use (MU). First, A Meaningful-Use Memory Jogger In case you’ve been thinking about other things besides electronic […]

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Avoid EHR Unintended Consequences With Good Follow Through

7. January 2016

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Most practices in the United States now use electronic health records (EHRs) for the tasks of recording, storing, and retrieving medical information. Providers and staff cite the convenience of being able to access patient information remotely or search patient record databases for specific information like a blood pressure reading on a specific date. But as […]

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Providers Leery of Embracing mHealth Because of Privacy Concerns

5. January 2016

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Many medical practices, attracted by the potential of mobile health or mHealth applications to engage patients, hesitate to embrace this technology because of concerns of HIPAA compliance. Though there are some apps with absolutely no risk of HIPAA breach, like SuperCoder’s handy ICD-10 app, other patient-centric mHealth apps carry that risk. With hundreds of thousands of mHealth apps […]

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Avoid Medical Error and Other Unintended Consequences of Electronic Health Records

19. August 2015

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Unintended consequences is a vague euphemism for really bad things happening. According to a report prepared for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the unintended consequences of electronic health record (EHR) and electronic medical record (EMR) adoption includes a wide range of problems such as bad workflow changes, conflicts between paper and electronic systems, […]

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Physicians Decry EHR Quality, Ask for Meaningful Use 3 Postponement

23. July 2015

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Now that it’s reached an accord of sorts with CMS on ICD-10, the AMA has turned its considerable resources towards amending the Meaningful Use program for electronic health records (EHRs), calling on CMS to postpone finalizing Stage 3 rules. At a town hall meeting on July 20, hosted by AMA president Steven Stack, MD, Representative […]

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More PHI Breached in Another Cyberattack as Year of the Healthcare Hack Continues

21. July 2015

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As many as 4.5 million victims of yet another criminal cyberattack of a healthcare system received notice Friday that hackers compromised protected health information and Social Security information in what is tied for the fourth largest HIPAA breach ever reported to the HHS. UCLA Health System in Los Angeles reported on July 17 that hackers […]

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