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Top 4 HIT Challenges and Opportunities for Healthcare Organizations in 2015 – Breakaway Thinking

Top 4 HIT Challenges and Opportunities for Healthcare Organizations in 2015 – Breakaway Thinking

The following is a guest blog post from HealthcareScene.com, Health IT Blog Network,  by Mitchell Woll, Instructional Designer at  The Breakaway Group Healthcare organizations face numerous challenges in 2015: ICD-10 implementation, HIPAA compliance, new Meaningful Use objectives, and the Office of the National Coordinator’s (ONC) interoperability road map. To adapt successfully, organizations must take advantage of numerous opportunities to prepare. Healthcare leaders must thoroughly assess, prioritize, prepare, and execute in each area: – Meaningful Use Stage 2 objectives require increased patient engagement and reporting for a full year before earning […]

January 26, 2015 | 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 […]

January 25, 2015 | By More
The Cost Savings Conundrum

The Cost Savings Conundrum

Increased hospital acquisition of independent medical practices may be delaying the short term benefits of improved healthcare technology. According to the HITECH Act, the government was to take a leadership role to develop standards that would allow for the nationwide electronic exchange and use of health information to improve quality and coordination of care. That directive was supposed to lead to savings for the government of $10 billion with additional savings throughout the health sector. Improvements to quality of care and care coordination, reductions in medical errors and duplicitous procedures […]

January 19, 2015 | By More
No One Promised Meaningful Use Would Be Easy

No One Promised Meaningful Use Would Be Easy

Let’s Take on the MU Challenges Ahead By Joy Rios, Health IT Consultant at Ask Joy Hello, ‘ello, ‘ello, ‘ello. Anyone else feel like we’re in a Meaningful Use echo chamber? The same statistic is being shared that 55% of providers do not plan to attest to Meaningful Use Stage 2 in 2015. Although the nearly 2,000 sample size of Medical Practice Insider’s poll has merit, I’m really hoping that by focusing solely on these survey results, we don’t contribute to creating a self-fulfilling prophecy. Granted, there are lots of reasons why providers might opt out […]

January 12, 2015 | By More
Medical Mergers Bring HIPAA Breaches

Medical Mergers Bring HIPAA Breaches

Hospitals and medical groups are in a frenzy of mergers and acquisitions, but many are not protecting themselves from the increased risk of HIPAA breaches that results. The latest example comes from Northwestern Medical Group, a highly respected healthcare organization based in Chicago. On December 19th, Northwestern announced that an employee laptop with nearly 3,000 medical records was stolen from a vehicle, as reported by the Chicago Tribune. HIPAA also requires Northwestern to post a conspicuous notice of the breach on its website. Unfortunately, theft is no excuse when it […]

January 4, 2015 | By More
The 2015 Training Trifecta

The 2015 Training Trifecta

Technology, Security and Healthcare fill top job growth lists for 2015 Outlook Job growth estimates for 2015 are looking up. Reported in numerous studies regarding the best career choices in growth sectors for the New Year, are repeated mentions of titles in Tech, Security and Healthcare. For instance, Careerbuilder.com predicts a 6%+ growth for Medical and Health Services Managers with average incomes over $90k, a 7%+ growth rate in Computer Systems Administrator positions with median salaries averaging almost $75k and a variety of other medical, healthcare and tech positions increasing […]

December 29, 2014 | By More
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
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