The medical industry and digital world are merging more than ever before, but staying on top of the rapidly changing digital landscape is a constant challenge.
As the New York State Legislature heads into the month of March, both the State Senate and the State Assembly face the mandated deadline of April 1 to pass a state budget for the 2017–2018 fiscal year, which begins on that date.
A very hot topic today is telemedicine. This has been brought about in no small part by the New York insurance parity laws that became effective on Jan. 1, 2016, whereby payors now had to pay for a service delivered by telemedicine in the same manner the payor would have paid for that service if performed in a face-to-face encounter.
When the 2017 session of the New York State Legislature opens in early January, those who carefully follow action or inaction in Albany will be waiting to learn what Governor Andrew Cuomo will include in his State of the State Address and proposed state budget. The annual battle of the budget will be the major focus of state legislators and others for the next three months.
My patients are important to me. I want to know all about their health histories, from medications and allergies to past procedures or conditions, so I can provide them with the best possible care when they come to my office for a visit. To make sure that I have quick, secure access to my patients’ health records when I need them, I use HealtheConnections’ health information exchange (HIE).
An increasing number of hospitals around the country have been crippled by ransomware attacks. Until recently, hospitals and other healthcare facilities were unsure whether these malware infections were required to be reported as breaches of HIPAA. Recent guidance issued by the United States Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (OCR) signals that these attacks do, in fact, constitute breaches under HIPAA and trigger breach notification processes by HIPAA-covered entities and business associates.
Health care has been the largest job creation sector over the past few years, with most of the jobs added in ambulatory care facilities. It is a trend that has grown year after year.
The massive changes facing physicians from the recently passed Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) will soon be upon us and rely heavily upon data from electronic health record (EHR) systems. Implementing the new payment model for healthcare providers under the MACRA legislation, which is referred to as the Merit-based Payment Incentive System (MIPS), would have been unimaginable with the technology available just 10 years ago. The role of information technology has exploded since then, making it possible to now incorporate information from multiple sources and create a comprehensive electronic patient record.
As experienced physicians have been coasting down the healthcare highway toward retirement, it has been a smooth ride on cruise control. Of late, however, there have been a few major detours on the horizon.
As the sea change of government initiatives transforming health care continues, another high-impact piece of legislation became law this spring. President Obama signed the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), which introduces an entirely new method of paying for healthcare services. Known as the “Doc Fix,” the law takes effect in 2019, but the path forward really begins in 2015.
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