The Amazon Effect On Health Care

Nearly everyone knows Amazon, the successful international e-commerce website for consumers and sellers, founded in 1994. The “Amazon effect” affects multiple industries, including health care.   What exactly is the “Amazon effect”? It’s a term used to describe Amazon.com’s success. The meaning can vary depending on the industry, but it generally refers to the difficulty many…

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MACRA: Big Changes

There’s a reason why the “Medicare Access & CHIP Reauthorization Act” (MACRA) is also called the “permanent doc fix”. MACRA permanently eliminates the sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula (and its annual threat of physician payment cuts) and provides positive annual payment updates lasting through 2019. Right now, Medicare measures the value and quality of care…

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Privacy and Security in Healthcare: Why it’s More Important than Ever

The Situation It was in March 2016 when two California hospitals, Chino Valley Medical Center in Chino and Desert Valley Hospital in Victorville, were attacked by hackers demanding a ransom. And security experts are predicting more ransomware attacks to come in the immediate future. Let’s face it: Healthcare organizations are dealing with an alarmingly fast-growing…

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OCR Phase 2 Audits

About the HIPAA Privacy, Security, and Breach Notification Audit Program The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has begun its next phase of audits of covered entities and their business associates. This is part of their ongoing efforts to assess compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy regulations which…

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ICD-10 grace period ends…

ICD-10 grace period ends, but it’s not the end of the world During the first year following ICD-10 implementation in October 2015, physician practices have had nearly a year to adapt themselves to ICD-10 coding. This grace period, also known as ICD-10 “relaxed rules”, notes that Medicare review contractors could not deny physicians’ claims if…

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