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Holidays, Healthcare and HIE

Holidays, Healthcare and HIE

Why it might be better to be British this Christmas  ‘Tis the season for people to fall off ladders while attempting to strap plastic Santa sleighs to rooftops and electrocute themselves while plugging too many Christmas lights into a single frayed extension cord. Ho, Ho, Ho! The question is, where will that helpful wife, neighbor, driver-aged child or stranger take the injured soul for treatment? There are a wealth of options these days from the regional hospital emergency room to the local Walmart or CVS.   Yes, these are options […]

December 14, 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 […]

December 14, 2014 | By More
2015: The Year of The Stick

2015: The Year of The Stick

Where Healthcare Receives Payment Adjustments By Joy Rios, Managing Partner at Practice Transformation Those of you who follow the Chinese zodiac may be aware that 2015 is the year of the sheep. Possibly the most passive of the 12 animals in the Chinese zodiac, sheep are thought of as meek creatures, who are known to be loyal, generous, and kind. If healthcare had its own zodiac, 2015 would certainly be represented by a more aggressive mascot. In fact, it could easily be the “Year of the Stick”, because penalties for the Meaningful […]

December 8, 2014 | By More
Healthcare, Holidays and Hackers

Healthcare, Holidays and Hackers

The threat of payment card data breach in healthcare grows as consumer behavior changes It was during Black Friday week of last year that over forty million card numbers were stolen from Target stores nationwide; setting off a string of similar incidents such as the data theft of 56 million Home Depot customers earlier this year. Increased use of payment cards over the holidays and a preponderance of inexperienced seasonal cashiers provides opportunity for hackers. Many hacking incidents are executed at the point of sale (POS), so a higher volume […]

December 1, 2014 | By More
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
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