NY State EPCS goes electronic controlled substances

NY State EPCS goes electronic controlled substances

Electronic prescribing of controlled substances (EPCS) improves patient safety and care. It plays an important part in helping to fight America’s opioid abuse epidemic by eliminating the exposure of a practitioner’s signature and DEA number. 21 million original prescriptions for opioids were written, not including refills,

Lincare to Pay $240,000 HIPAA Fine

Respiratory care provider, Lincare, was ordered to pay a $239,800 fine by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR).  “While OCR prefers to resolve issues through voluntary compliance, this case shows that we will take the steps necessary, including litigation, to obtain adequate remedies for violations of the HIPAA Rules,”

ONC Releases 2016 Interoperability Standards

Interoperability refers to systems that allow providers to share data among different practitioners, insurers, billing/scheduling systems and health information exchanges improving quality of patient care, improving efficiency of reporting and data filing, and making life saving information more readily available.

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) recently released its 80-page 2016 Interoperability Standards Advisory.

EHRs Move to the Cloud

Cloud computing basically refers to a process of sharing resources to optimize performance. Practically speaking, that means using a network of computers to store and process information, rather than a single machine. Cloud based systems offer attractive benefits to many practices, especially those with less operating budget.

One major benefit to cloud based Electronic health records (EHR) is that they are cost-effective –

Meaningful Use Down for the Count

According to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) they have been working with physician and consumer communities and have listened to their needs and concerns – and this has led to the demise of Meaningful Use.

This came on the heels of American Medical Association (AMA) President Steven J.

Expanded Section 179 Means Major Tax Breaks on Computer and Software Purchases

The “Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015” (PATH Act) has been passed by both the House and Senate and will be signed into law – it expands the Section 179 deduction limit to $500,000.  Businesses can take advantage of these legal tax incentives to help lower their operating costs. The Section 179 Deduction is a tax incentive that is easy to use,