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Undocumented and Uncovered

Undocumented and Uncovered

Conflicting policies with the best of intentions may significantly affect the US Healthcare system The president’s new immigration plan is expected to affect up to five million undocumented immigrants. It would create a new program of deferrals for approximately 4 million foreign parents of American citizens or legal permanent residents who have been in the country for at least five years. Deferrals would include authorization to work and would be granted for three years at a time. Those deferrals however, would not include a path to full legal status or […]

November 24, 2014 | By More
Spreading Health IT Literacy

Spreading Health IT Literacy

  Are You Doing Your Part? By Joy Rios, Managing Partner at Practice Transformation Literacy has been on my mind lately –  all kinds. Earlier this month, I had the pleasure of moderating the #HITsm Tweet Chat about health and health IT literacy. The mid-term election offered me some offline opportunities to talk about the language included in voter’s guides and ballots. But most recently, I’ve been thinking about the 2015 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule. Have you seen this thing? This very important, annually published document for Medicare providers participating […]

November 17, 2014 | By More
Latest Provider Updates from CMS

Latest Provider Updates from CMS

CMS Weekly Check-up The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is the Federal agency under the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) which administers Medicare, Medicaid, and the State Children’s Health Insurance Program. The CMS EHR Incentive programs are currently open programs for eligible professionals and hospitals to receive incentive payment for participation. Checking in on CMS will be a regular weekly post to keep up with communication coming from CMS on information about these and other related programs. Reforms to Medicare regulations identified as unnecessary, obsolete, or excessively […]

November 16, 2014 | By More
Regulatory Training Champions

Regulatory Training Champions

Can identifying a health and safety champion help improve infection control statistics? With Ebola in the news and reports of Hospital Acquired Infections (HAI’s) changing how Medicare will issue program payments, it is high on the list of priorities for all medical sites to address their annual health and safety training on relevant topics. In a recent 4Medapproved survey, over 150 respondents were asked to report on their adoption rates for important annual trainings such as Infection Control, Bloodborne Pathogens, OSHA and more. The results were encouraging and suggest that […]

November 3, 2014 | By More
Ethical Education on Ebola

Ethical Education on Ebola

During Cold and Flu Season, Medical Providers are Caught in the Crossfire of Ebola News and Patient Panic Frequent news stories are now focused on the Ebola outbreak with sensational warnings of possible expansion of the disease to the United States and other countries. Healthcare workers are challenged to reassure patients with similar symptoms, while carefully assessing and evaluating them for possible contagion. Symptoms of the common cold and flu, closely mimic symptoms repeated in news stories regarding Ebola. During our heavy cold and flu season, this overlap may cause […]

October 20, 2014 | By More
The Best and Worst of Times for HIT

The Best and Worst of Times for HIT

These are the best of times and the worst of times for health IT. On the negative side, this year has been marked by chaos and delays in the roll-out of new EHR certifications. CMS anticipated that 2014 would be a rough year for the EHR certifications needed for Stage 2, which was why the Meaningful Use attestation period was reduced to 90 days for all providers. By all accounts, the process was even rockier than expected. First, CMS essentially threw in the towel by issuing the Flexibility Rule, enabling […]

October 13, 2014 | By More
High HIPAA Hopes

High HIPAA Hopes

September Survey Reflects Optimistic Compliance Outlook A recent survey conducted by 4Medapproved, sought the opinions of the medical community regarding their current HIPAA compliance status. One hundred and eighty participants reported surprising results. Reflecting a decent sized sample of the healthcare industry population, the answers to two questions and the accompanying comments are encouraging news for HIPAA auditors. The first of the two questions asked providers whether or not they felt their documentation was up-to-snuff. HIPAA policies and procedures and BA agreements were mentioned specifically. Over 55% of the respondents answered yes, […]

October 5, 2014 | By More
Poorly Done Report that Physicians Lose 48 minutes a Day to EHR

Poorly Done Report that Physicians Lose 48 minutes a Day to EHR

There’s been a study that’s been pandered around making the assertion that Physicians lose 48 minutes a day to EHR. This story in Medical Economics is just one example of many. A comment on that story from Dr. Rah describes generally my feelings about the study: I find it disappointing that such drivel is even reported. #1. A 2012 survey! Data is > 2 yrs old. #2. 411 respondents is a very small N; hardly significant in that there are at least a million users now of EMRs. #3. You […]

October 3, 2014 | By More
Meaningful Use Help Wanted?

Meaningful Use Help Wanted?

4MEDAPPROVED RECOMMENDS 4 PATHS 4 MEANINGFUL USE ASSISTANCE As we close in on the 4th quarter of 2014 and the end of the annual reporting period for eligible professionals for Meaningful Use, we contemplate the requirements to achieve the MU goals of attesting, collecting incentives and avoiding future penalties. Penalties WILL go into effect if you do not meet Meaningful Use this year! So…. where can you find help with MU? Depending upon your available time, technology skillset and financial resources, there are many ways to navigate the MU maze. Consider these […]

September 21, 2014 | By More