All data has a lifecycle. Protected healthcare information also comes with some rigid retention requirements. That means that when your medical practice moves from one practice management system to another, legacy health records must be retained in their full integrity.
Is your medical practice at risk? Have you been so focused on “moving forward” to achieve the meaningful use of [...]
It’s time to check in on the CMS Medicare EHR Meaningful Use Incentive Program timetable:
October 3, 2011. The last day for eligible professionals to begin their 90-day reporting period for calendar year 2011 for the Medicare EHR Incentive Program is 10/3/11.
December 31, 2011. The reporting year for eligible professionals ends on 12/31/11.
February 29, 2012. If [...]
Here they go again!
As reported just this morning, Sage has disposed of its U.S. Healthcare Division. Who will own your Medical Manager support contract next? Vista Equity Partners, a private- equity firm. And, if you didn’t read about it back in August, Emdeon has also been sold off to a DIFFERENT private equity firm called [...]
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued a Medicare Fee-for-Service Claims Processing Guide for ICD-10. The document includes information on how to handle claims for services during the ICD-9 and ICD-10 transition, including the actual implementation date. ICD-9 codes will not be accepted on claims after October 1, 2013. Harmony Healthcare IT, a health IT services [...]
According to iHealthBeat, about 13,000 eligible health care providers signed up in August for the meaningful use program, an increase of 30% from July. That’s in addition to the 90,000 health care providers that had registered for the electronic health record meaningful use incentive program by the end of August.
In terms of stimulus funding, the [...]
The Healthcare Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS) is hosting a series of complimentary events to provide ambulatory physicians with information on achieving meaningful use. The focus of the sessions will be on growing revenue and avoiding penalties. Some of the agenda items are:
Eligibility and exclusion requirements
Medicare and Medicaid requirements for eligible providers
Overview of EHR Certification [...]
For ambulatory care system administrators who have migrated off of a legacy practice management system — you may be at risk!
That old practice management system contains individually-identifiable protected health information (PHI) that must be secured and archived. State and federal mandates dictate that PHI is stored for a minimum of 7-10 years.
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Many physicians have funded their electronic health record (EHR) purchases with the CMS meaningful use incentive payments. Take a look at this article, written by Joseph Goedert and published by Health Data Management earlier this month. The article tells the story of several practices — from single docs to larger groups — who have subsidized their [...]
For the average family medical practice, patient no-shows can escalate to 30%.
That can equate to a substantial decrease in billing revenue. Protect that potential loss by ensuring your patients show up — or at least provide adequate cancellation notice.
Want to learn more? You are invited to register for a webinar on Thursday, 9/15/11, at 11am [...]