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Latest Provider Updates from CMS

Latest Provider Updates from CMS

CMS Monday Morning 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, […]

September 14, 2014 | By More
Cloudy with a Chance of Sunshine Act

Cloudy with a Chance of Sunshine Act

How continuing education for medical professionals is changing with the implementation of the Sunshine Act final rules. In the early days of continuing education for medical professionals, many happily took advantage of a little known perk in the industry known as free CEU and CME. Often these gifts were delivered courtesy of your friendly neighborhood pharmaceutical company or medical device distributor. Calls for increased transparency about the financial relationship between physicians and these vendors, has resulted in the inclusion of the Physician Payment Sunshine Act as part of the Patient […]

September 14, 2014 | By More
Policies, Procedures and e-PHI

Policies, Procedures and e-PHI

So… do you know where your HIPAA policies and procedures are at this exact moment? According to a somewhat random and informal study I conducted over cocktails at a party populated by practitioners this weekend, many EP’s have only a vague idea of the location of said documents and a somewhat blurrier memory of when they were last updated. Of course the blurriness may have been augmented by the preponderance of Mojito’s. When asked in what form they kept these important materials, some said there was definitely or probably a […]

August 11, 2014 | By More
Value, the Next “Meaningful” Word

Value, the Next “Meaningful” Word

There has been so much talk around the word “meaningful” in healthcare in the past few years. I predict the conversation is going to turn to what “value” means for healthcare. So I’d like to take a moment to open the conversation. By most business- and real-world standards, “value” is determined by adding up all the benefits of a product or service and then dividing the total by its price. Many consumers want the best possible value, that is, they want lots of benefits at the lowest cost. Consider the […]

July 22, 2014 | By More
Technology Disconnect: Will Consumers Drive Better Interoperability in Healthcare?

Technology Disconnect: Will Consumers Drive Better Interoperability in Healthcare?

If you have visited a medical provider over the past few months, you are likely to have experienced a common phenomenon in the transition from paper to medical records; something I like to call the technology disconnect. While most providers have now moved to some form of electronic health record system, very few have fully integrated the technology into the patient experience. Picture if you will, your grandmother reading on social media on her iPad that your birthday is this week and then walking to the pharmacy to buy you […]

July 14, 2014 | By More
PQRS – CMS’ Awkward Middle Child

PQRS – CMS’ Awkward Middle Child

PQRS. Another healthcare acronym that is anything but enticing. What? You don’t know, or maybe more accurately, don’t care about these four letters? You’ve been occupied with other healthcare acronyms, mainly EHRs, MU, ICD-10, or HIPAA. That’s fair, they’re all important. But PQRS, is like a middle child – Jan Brady, if you will – who wants attention so badly, but can only cry in frustration when Greg praises Marcia for an idea that she had two days ago. It’s not fair, why does Marcia get all the credit? Marcia, […]

July 7, 2014 | By More
ICD-10 – What Now?

ICD-10 – What Now?

I recently had the opportunity to attend a healthcare briefing entitled “ICD-10 What Now” put on by Modern Healthcare and the healthcare law firm Polsinelli.  Executives from Chicago area healthcare systems Presence Health, Rush University Medical Center, Edward-Elmhurst Healthcare and professional association AHIMA participated in a panel discussion on this important topic on everyone’s minds. The general consensus of the group initially was a sense, as one panelist put it, of shock and awe when the US Government delayed the rollout by at least one additional year.  All of the […]

June 22, 2014 | By More
Pick yourself up, dust yourself off…

Pick yourself up, dust yourself off…

Meaningful Use – State of Confusion Last week, 4Medapproved presented a Learning Lunch Webinar entitled: Meaningful Use: A State of Confusion. Almost 600 people registered in a week. Why? Because almost everyone IS confused. Not only did we have an enormous attendance, but a LONG list of questions were submitted during the session as well. Questions ran the gamut with several EP’s asking if they might simply ignore the current timeline in favor of a plan to continue following stage 1 standards, or revert to stage 1 even though they […]

June 16, 2014 | By More
Patients Need Meaningful Use

Patients Need Meaningful Use

Misdaventures in Healthcare Nothing focuses the mind like a misadventure, to paraphrase Samuel Johnson. Over the last few months, I have seen several doctors, visited labs, and had minor surgery. The good news is that the clinical care I received was excellent, and nothing matters more than that. But good clinical care is not the only thing that matters. Being a patient gave me new appreciation for why Meaningful Use is a promise worth keeping. Entering our healthcare system is a descent into mindless bureaucracy and antiquated communications. At every […]

June 8, 2014 | By More