Anticipating the Undesirable: Disaster Preparedness

The increase in weather changes, along with recent natural disasters (think Hurricane Katrina, Irma, and Florence, the latest one), has accentuated the importance of electronic health records (EHRs) and their accessibility. Here is the primary importance: Whatever structures and systems are developed, they must be in place and functioning pre-disaster. Only a little over half…

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…

Why Hackers and Ransomware Are the Top Threat to the Healthcare Industry

Based on the data from the first nine months of 2016, the number of ransomware attacks this year will be four times higher than last year, according to a study from Beazley, a data breach response insurance company. Source: http://www.insurancejournal.com/news/national/2016/10/26/430541.htm Healthcare organizations are more and more the targets of malicious hacker attacks. Ransomware, a type of malware, is clearly…

How Artificial Intelligence Impacts Health Information And Documentation Integrity

There is an increasing pressure for healthcare organizations to produce timely and accurate documentation. Hospital staff often feels burn-out fueled by documentation rework and retrospective queries. Staff burnout can lead to a rise in medical errors, denials, and costs. What’s highly needed is an efficient technology that complements patient care by meeting two major expectations:…

HIPAA On-site Audits

Phase 2 of the HIPAA audit program was rolled out in March 2016. There are currently more than 200 desk audits ongoing, 167 of those focused on providers, according to Healthcare IT News.  The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Civil Rights (OCR) will be conducting on-site HIPAA audits in 2017. An on-site…

Is Patient Generated Health Data The Future Of Healthcare?

According to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), Patient Generated Health Data (PGHD) are “health-related data created, recorded, or gathered by or from patients (or family members or other caregivers) to help address a health concern. PGHD include, but are not limited to health history, treatment history, biometric data, symptoms, and lifestyle choices.” The data is collected and…