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Did you know that your practice needs to comply with HIPAA Security Regulations to successfully attest for Meaningful Use? In the age of data breaches and the resulting, significant fines, it is absolutely necessary to secure your data.  One of the most important and most  easily-mined components of any physician practice is messaging.  Many are not aware…

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) recently updated its Frequently Asked Questions site with clarification of the transition of care measure for purposes of attestation of stage 2 of meaningful use. Specifically, CMS has addressed whether an eligible professional or eligible hospital may count a transition of care or referral in its numerator…

With constant advances in health information technology comes the constant need to maintain and secure e-PHI within any healthcare organization. The “Security Standards for Protection of Electronic Protected health Information,” better known as HIPAA’s “Security Rule,” requires organizations to implement policies and procedures to prevent, detect, contain and correct security violations. Completing a Risk Analysis…

The Department of Health and Human Services recently issued a Final Rule officially resetting the ICD-10 effective date as October 1, 2015. As this revised implementation date approaches, the ability for providers to maintain comprehensive documentation will play an essential role in ensuring the proper selection of accurate diagnosis and procedure codes and, consequently, the…

Later this year, the Department of Health and Human Services is expected to begin its permanent HIPAA Audit Program. One of the most important things that you can do to prepare for a HIPAA Audit is to review the effectiveness of your current HIPAA compliance program. Consider the following list of activities to help you…

Practices with declining profitability often experience similar roadblocks that lead to a drop in revenue or an increase in practice expenses. In such instances, the following includes a couple of key areas worthy of review: 1.Staffing • Practices that do not have a comprehensive grasp of revenue cycle processes and workflows may be understaffed by…

Every medical practice at times has an interaction with an unhappy patient. The key to maintaining a positive relationship with the patient is to ensure the patient’s complaint is properly and fully addressed. To do so, the following steps are recommended: First, obtain all necessary information to assess the situation. Take time to listen to…

A medical practice’s failure to release clean claims – claims that pass the clearinghouse, arrive at the payer and are paid upon first review – results in significant, adverse consequences to the practice’s revenue and cash flow. Industry research shows that medical practices regularly submit a material portion of their claims in a manner that…

On Tuesday, May 20, 2014, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services published a proposed rule that would permit eligible providers added flexibility to successfully achieve meaningful use attestation. The proposed rule would allow eligible providers to use the 2011 Edition Certified Electronic Health Record Technology (“CEHRT”) or a combination of 2011 and 2014 Edition CEHRT…

In today’s healthcare industry, the need to access a myriad of healthcare and hospital websites is critical to any organization’s success. Applications and programs are regularly installed locally on computers to facilitate functionality with outside websites. And to function properly, applications need to be updated on an ongoing basis and computers need to avoid malicious…

April 8th marked the end of support for one of Microsoft’s most popular and successful operating systems (OS), Windows XP. Chances are many of you are reading this post on a pc or laptop running Windows XP. Did you know that the ATM Industry Association estimated earlier this year that 95% of ATM’s are running…

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