Data Breach at Three Hospitals in Bergen County NJ

The Valley Hospital, Englewood Hospital and Medical Center, and Holy Name Medical Center all use Medical Management LLC of North Carolina for emergency department physician billing.  An employee who worked at this company from February 2013 through March 2015 was passing on the names, Social Security numbers and birth dates of patients at these three facilities. 

Report Shows 25% of Small Practices Feel Stuck with Current EMR

If you are unhappy with your EMR, you are not alone. A recent report from a study of over 750 small practices (practice with 1-10 physicians) performed by KLAS shows that a quarter of these practices feel that they are stuck with their EMR even though it does not meet their expectations, or are planning to change their EMR. 

What Are the Stage 3 Meaningful Use Rules?

Recently, The United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) 301-page proposed rules for Stage 3 of the Meaningful Use program. Under the proposal, beginning in 2018, no matter the level of previous participation, users would report on Stage 3 with the option to start using it in 2017. 

Meaningful Use Attestation Date Extended

March 20th is now the deadline date set for 2014 Meaningful Use Attestation.  The date was originally set at February 28th, but Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) extended the deadline to allow providers more time to gather and submit their data.  During this extension period, providers an also utilize their one “switch” from Medicare to Medicaid or Vice Versa. 

Anthem Breach Reminds Many of Importance of Security

Weaknesses in cyber security surely exist and the recent Anthem breach has many believing that this is just the start of an awful trend.  As well as the actual medical and miscellaneous personal information, social security numbers and financial information (for payment to providers) are all in one place – providing the winning trifecta for hackers. 

EHR Certification Recommendations

Under the 2009 economic stimulus package, medical providers who demonstrate meaningful use of certified Electronic Health Record (EHR) systems can qualify for Medicaid and Medicare incentive payments.  The American Medical Association (AMA) is leading a coalition of 35 medical societies and this group recently sent a letter to the National Coordinator for Health IT recommending major changes to the certification program.

Could ICD-10 Delay Be a Threat to Our National Security?

Though there have been delays and many continue to lobby for further delays citing that ICD-10 ‘costs too much’, has ‘too many codes’, and has ‘too many other mandates’, there are many that are championing the new code set.  One such advocate states that another delay could threaten national security.

Juliet Santos of consultancy Leidos Health recently published an article at ICD-10 Monitor that states,

ICD-10 Preparedness News

2015 is here and with the ICD-10 coding standard deadline set for October 2015, organizations and providers continue to ready themselves for the new coding.  Here’s what’s happening …

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will be conducting a weeklong ICD-10 end-to end test using approximately 850 volunteer providers.