Federal agencies--including the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services--continue to struggle with information security and need to improve their response to data breaches, the Government Accountability Office says in a new report.
The importance of ICD-10 to legislators in the context of the sustainable growth rate patch was made abundantly clear by the number of mentions the implementation received in more than three hours of debate preceding the bill's vote Monday evening.
For those who didn't have the distinct pleasure of watching every second of the proceedings, U.S. Senators mentioned the ICD-10 portion of H.R. 4302, The Protecting Access to Medicare Act, a grand total of zero times; not one word. Considering the measure--all seven lines--was seemingly slipped into the middle of the bill, cloak-and-dagger style, even 10 seconds devoted to ICD-10 would have been better than nothing at all. Read more...
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With HIPAA audits this fall expected to be more narrow in focus, healthcare organizations and their business associates must ensure that their documentation is meticulous, according to Adam Green, a privacy attorney with Washington, D.C.-based law firm Davis Wright Tremaine.
Effective integration with a health information exchange isn't easy, but there are ways to shorten the roadblocks and develop a comprehensive HIE strategy. To that end, Sean Kennedy, director of health information exchange at the Massachusetts eHealth Institute and Nicole Heim, CIO Milford (Mass.) Regional Medical Center, speaking Wednesday at the Healthcare Business Intelligence Forum in Washington, D.C., shared their experiences with HIE integration.
Meaningful Use Stage 3 should embrace interoperability at its core to foster creation of a truly interoperable health data infrastructure, according to a report conducted by JASON, an independent group of scientists that advises the U.S. government on science and technology.
What's the key to managing readmission risks? Not playing whack-a-mole by quickly combatting problems as they arise, according to Ray Hess, vice president of information management at West Chester, Pa.-based Chester County Hospital.
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When a few doctors at the University of Utah Health Care read bad online reviews about themselves, they took matters into their own hands and started posting patients' reviews of facility doctors on their own hospital's website, Kaiser Health News reported.
In an effort to reduce overcrowded emergency departments, many hospitals look to shift patients who don't have critical or life-threatening conditions to more appropriate care settings. One Massachusetts hospital's recent partnership with an urgent care center shows promise that other hospitals and healh systems may want to consider.