HIPAA

Edition 7: ICD-10 Implementation

The HIPAA act of 1996 required the department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to adopt national standards for health care transactions. Further additions under the Affordable Care Act of 2010 (ACA) included requirements to adopt the use of ICD-10 standards for diagnostic coding. As many of you are aware the date for implementation to switch to ICD-10 coding is set for October 1, 2015. This was after a delay by congress in 2014. The repeal of the SGR payment formula signed into law on April 16, 2014 made no reference to a delay of ICD-10 implementation for 2015. At this time it appears that the date of transition to ICD-10 coding remains October 1, 2015…(Read More Here)

Edition 7: ICD-10 Implementation

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The HIPAA act of 1996 required the department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to adopt national standards for health care transactions. Further additions under the Affordable Care Act of 2010 (ACA) included requirements to adopt the use of ICD-10 standards for diagnostic coding. As many of you are aware the date for implementation to switch to ICD-10 coding is set for October 1, 2015. This was after a delay by congress in 2014. The repeal of the SGR payment formula signed into law on April 16, 2014 made no reference to a delay of ICD-10 implementation for 2015. At this time it appears that the date of transition to ICD-10 coding remains October 1, 2015. (more…)

The battle over EHR patient data

How to secure your access to patient data when switching electronic health record vendors

Who owns patient data in an electronic health record (EHR)? It’s a simple question with a complex answer. No longer confined to the shelves of a physician’s office, patient data is now shared and used by a myriad of organizations across healthcare: Other physicians and health systems, the EHR vendor, payers, and researchers, not to mention patients themselves. While primary care physicians often originate the medical record, the resulting data are not theirs alone.The implication? The traditional concept of ownership is unraveling as patient data migrates away from paper charts and takes up residence in the cloud. Experts now counsel physicians against the concept of data ownership entirely….(Read More)

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