Know Any Dentists Who Want To Increase Revenue And Save Money?
If you’re a Dentist in Atlanta, Georgia, you’re in luck.
An informative workshop on how to increase revenue and strategies for saving money will be held on Friday, June 7.
You are invited to attend a breakfast seminar on June 7 addressing these topics:
Increase PPO Revenue by 10%
Cost Seg: How a Dentist Saved $50K in One Year
Please join us Read More
Electronic medical records (EMR) software is probably the furthest things from your mind when you’re watching football. You’re concerned with the NFL scores and the players and your favorite teams.
After all this is your leisure time. You want to forget about the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act, electronic medical records / electronic health records (EHR) and HIPAA laws.
But If you are a health care provider, you’re probably never off completely. When there’s a NFL injury report, you probably wonder about the medical staff and the care that the players are receiving.
Well there is a relevant piece of NFL football news that is healthcare news as well.
HIPAA laws have been a thorn in the sides of health care providers since 1996. Then along came the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act or HITECH Act of 2009, which is shaking up the medical community by mandating the transition to electronic medical records software.
The transition to and adoption of electronic health records is not as violent as Hurricane Sandy, but it could be equally as painful. The effects of the HITECH Act will last long after the recovery from Hurricane Sandy. Read More
The goal of the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act is to improving health while adhering to the requirements specified in Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act / HIPAA laws. Hurricane Sandy may exposure any deficiencies in complying with HIPAA laws and regulations.
HIPAA laws have been in effect since 1996. But until the HITECH Act, HIPAA laws had very little teeth. As a result of the HITECH Act of 2009, there are now financial and criminal consequences for HIPAA violations.
For years, large IT shops have been concerned with disaster recovery. HIPAA laws require similar contingency planning and risk management. The HIPAA Security Rule requires appropriate administrative, physical and technical safeguards to ensure the confidentiality, integrity, and security of electronic protected health information.
Enter Hurricane Sandy. Read More
Medicare E Prescribing Alert!
To Avoid the CMS Medicare E-Prescribing Penalty in 2013,
you must act by October 15, 2012
E prescribing is a way to increase patient safety and reduce medical errors. The Institute of Medicine (IOM) estimates that 100,000 Americans die each year from preventable medical errors in hospitals.
The Medicare eRx incentive program was established by the Medicare Information Patient Provider Act (MIPPA).
Under MIPPA, Medicare health care providers could receive incentive payments for e prescribing in the 5 year period ending in 2013. But there are also penalties for those who fail to meet the CMS Medicare e prescribing requirements
Which Medicare health care providers are subject to e prescribing payment adjustments? Read More
Medicare Physicians Alert!
Don’t Miss Out On Your Medicare E Prescribing Incentive Money
Were you successful in getting the 1% Medicare e Prescribing incentive money for 2011? Or were you one of the health care providers who are getting hit with the 1% e prescribing penalty because you didn’t e prescribe in 2011?
It’s 2012 and you now have the same opportunity and potential liability. There’s something called Medicare Improvements for Patients and Providers Act of 2008 (MIPPA). MIPPA is an electronic prescription drugs program alternately referred to as the Medicare eRx incentive program or Medicare e-prescribing incentive program.
Under MIPPA, Medicare health care providers could have received incentive payments for e prescribing in the 5 year period ending in 2013.
What’s the basic CMS Medicare e Prescribing requirements? Read More
If you need to comply with the HITECH Act, time is running out!!!
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The HITECH Act has an EHR Incentive Program which is linked to Meaningful Use CMS criteria.
If you’re new to this blog, you may not be clear on what the HITECH Act is. The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Act (HITECH Act) is health care legislation passed in 2009 as part of the Stimulus Bill (ARRA).. It mandates that Centers for Medicare Medicaid Services (CMS) health care providers adopt electronic medical records / EMR software by 2014.
Then the next piece in the puzzle:
An Eligible Professional (EP) or Eligible Hospital (EH) can qualify for the EHR Incentive Program.
In other words,
To receive HITECH Act payments under the EHR incentive program, the eligible provider must
1) Get one of the certified electronic medical record systems
2) Demonstrate meaningful use.
Medicare Physicians Alert!
You need to be aware of the CMS Medicare rules and regulations to qualify for the HITECH Act EHR Incentive Program. If you’re a hospital that didn’t have your EMR software installed by end of June, you can forget about the CMS Medicare incentive money for 2012.
Unless you’ve been under a rock, you know
- The HITECH Act is part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), which is also known as the Stimulus Bill.
- The Centers for Medicare Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) are overseeing the EHR Incentive Program.
- Qualifying for the incentive payment requires implementation of electronic medical record systems and demonstrating meaningful use of the electronic health record (EHR) / electronic medical records (EMR) software.
How do you demonstrate meaningful use for Medicaid Incentive Payments?
Medicaid is much simpler than Medicare. The first year, eligible professionals, eligible hospitals, and Critical Access Hospitals (CAH) only have to adopt, implement or upgrade in order to demonstrate meaningful use and thus qualify for incentive payments.
If 2012 is your second year, you will need to determine the specific meaningful use rules for your state.
The Georgia Medicaid site is http://dch.georgia.gov/00/article/0,2086,31446711_154959664_156789923,00.html .
For a list of all state Medicaid websites, visit https://www.cms.gov/apps/files/medicaid-HIT-sites/
What about meaningful use for CMS Medicare EHR Incentive program? Read More
Of the US Supreme Court cases, the Health Care Reform Act was the most anticipated. June 2012 ended with some important Supreme Court decisions. In dramatic effect, the Health Care Reform Bill decision was saved until last.
The Supreme Court justices failed to rule Obamacare unconstitutional. There was surprise and chagrin among the Republican and conservative ranks.
Will you celebrate freedom today? Read More
The World Health Organization‘s World Blood Donor Day is today, June 14, 2012.
The article title question is a play on words, since the acronym for World Health Organization is WHO. But the answer to the question is very serious.
Are you planning to donate blood today? Read More