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Patient Driven Staffing Levels

Patient Driven Staffing Levels

The following is a guest blog post from hitechanswers.net, a community hub site dedicated to educating healthcare providers and other stakeholders on the HITECH Act, the CMS EHR Incentive Program, Meaningful Use and other Federal Health IT initiatives. Guest author,Barry Chaiken is the chief medical information officer of Infor. With more than 20 years of experience in medical research, epidemiology, clinical information technology, and patient safety, Chaiken is board certified in general preventive medicine and public health and is a Fellow, former Board member, and Chair of HIMSS. For more than […]

July 27, 2015 | By More
The 5 R’s of HIPAA: Reuse, Renew, Recycle, but Remember the Requirements!

The 5 R’s of HIPAA: Reuse, Renew, Recycle, but Remember the Requirements!

The HIPAA conversation around Protected Health Information (PHI) is often focused on electronic records. But the transition to EHR’s has created a unique problem relating to the destruction of the paper records that preceded them. In our current era of recycling, it is unique to hear of a push for paper disposal. However, in the case of a patient’s medical records, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) requires it. Recycling is permitted, but if a step is missed and a site neglects to completely destroy the documents, that […]

July 20, 2015 | By More
Providers Still Have Hopes for HIEs

Providers Still Have Hopes for HIEs

The following is a guest blog post from HealthcareScene.com, Health IT Blog Network, by John Lynn, guest contributor and 4Medapproved Partner. Guest author Anne Zieger, veteran healthcare consultant and analyst with 20 years of industry experience. Contact her at @ziegerhealth on Twitter or visit her site at Zieger Healthcare. Sometimes, interoperability alone doesn’t cut it.  Increasingly, providers are expecting HIEs to go beyond linking up different organizations to delivering “actionable” data, according to a new report from NORC at the University of Chicago. The intriguing follow-on to the researchers’ conclusions is that […]

July 13, 2015 | By More
Safe Harbor is the New ICD-10 Delay

Safe Harbor is the New ICD-10 Delay

Despite many prayers and tears, it looks increasingly likely that there will be no ICD-10 delay this year. After two years’ worth of previous delays, ICD-10 is set to proceed on October 1, 2015, because the SGR Fix passed without another ICD-10 delay. That fix tied future reimbursement to quality-reporting, consolidating MU, PQRS, and the VBM into one program called MIPS. (If you don’t know those acronyms, get thee to a 4Medapproved class.) However, there are several ICD-10 bills circulating in Congress. There does not seem to be much enthusiasm […]

July 6, 2015 | By More