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Practical Matters for Medical Practices

Practical Matters for Medical Practices

When practitioners hear that there is one more thing they need to finance to meet one more regulatory guideline, rule or requirement they tend to react with contempt. And honestly, who can blame them. Once upon a time it was considered a surety that if you became a doctor of any kind… you would be financially set. Moms in the 1950’s wanted their girls to marry doctors so that they would have an easier life. Fathers wanted their sons to become doctors so that they would be financially secure. Aside […]

February 24, 2014 | By More
The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly in Meaningful Use

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly in Meaningful Use

“May you live in interesting times,” goes the Chinese curse, or maybe it was Klingon. Either way, these are interesting times for health IT and Meaningful Use. Some news is good, some is bad, and yes, there’s even some ugly. First, the ugly. Recently, the former CFO of a hospital chain in Texas was indicted on federal charges for defrauding the government of Meaningful Use funds. If the charges are true, it’s an astonishing fraud. Allegedly, the hospital in question hardly even used its EHR during the reporting period, but […]

February 18, 2014 | By More
Sharing Attestation Lessons

Sharing Attestation Lessons

I learned an attestation lesson the hard way recently. In hopes of preventing anyone else from making the same mistake, I want to share what I learned. In short: Don’t start an attestation after the submission deadline. You won’t be able to complete it and the State Level Registry (SLR) system may lock you into the wrong reporting year. This is especially true when participating in the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program. Remember, pay attention to the state’s submission deadlines and grace periods. In detail: Last summer, I took on a […]

February 17, 2014 | By More
Risky Betting on ICD 10 Implementation Delay

Risky Betting on ICD 10 Implementation Delay

ICD-10 Now is the time to Act! Reports have abounded over the past 90 days over the number of healthcare organizations waiting to begin preparations for ICD 10. One recent study from Navicure found fifty percent of respondents indicating their intention to wait until May 2014 to even begin making preparations for the code set conversion. In this study three percent of physicians indicated they are not planning to prepare at all, which is interesting considering that all HIPAA Covered Entities must comply effective October 1, whether they accept Medicare […]

February 14, 2014 | By More
The Business of Doctoring

The Business of Doctoring

Does technology really improve the quality of medicine? In my last column, I interviewed a physician friend and reviewed survey results to deliver a message that seems to echo in the industry at all levels. The exact rhetoric varies, but the message is essentially the same “How am I supposed to doctor my patients when the business of medicine keeps getting in my way?” This week I visited my neighborhood dentist for a long overdue checkup and heard it yet again.  I booked my appointment with her office using a […]

February 10, 2014 | By More