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Best Practices for Proxy Data Access

April 19, 2014 by Christina Thielst

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TOWER has helped clients understand patient needs and expectations around granting proxy access to family and friends who assume critical rolls in helping the patient manage care process, such as, paying bills, managing appointment details or monitoring prescription changes or test results.[read more]

ICD-10 Delay: What It Means to You

April 18, 2014 by Andy Salmen

ICD-10 delayed (image: Stuart Miles)

The 10th revision of the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems introduces a significant change to the coding system. That has some practitioners scrambling to accommodate the over 67,000 coding options in ICD-10.[read more]

HIPAA Privacy and Security Compliance: Should You Care?

April 18, 2014 by David Harlow

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The HIPAA/HITECH Omnibus Rule became effective just over one year ago. The compliance date was just over six months ago. Within about another six months (plus or minus), Federal regulators – at the Office for Civil Rights at the US Department of Health and Human Services – will begin a new round of HIPAA compliance audits.[read more]

Time Thieves

April 15, 2014 by Kathy Nieder

Currency of time

Age forces the recognition that time is the true currency of our lives. When people waste it for you, it is frustrating and angst producing. One of the underlying tragedies of physicians’ daily lives, especially in primary care, is the theft of our time, stolen away by the health care system.[read more]

ICD-10 Delay: Does ICD-10 Lack Clinical Value?

April 13, 2014 by Abby Norman

ICD-10 delay

ICD-10 was delayed once again as part of a bill that was meant to fix the physician reimbursement issues with Medicare. Incidentally, pushing out the date for ICD-10 implementation pleases many physicians. Some have gone so far as to say, on record, that ICD-10 lacks clinical value.[read more]

Cracking the Code on Health Information Exchange: Is It Time to Start Over?

April 10, 2014 by Bill Crounse

HIE: should we start over?

Contrary to a model that attempts to bi-directionally connect everything to everything in the complex ecosystem we call healthcare, we should instead build HIE systems that connect everything to the patient and aggregate information around the patient as a life-long, longitudinal continuity of care record that is for and about the patient.[read more]

Ready or Not: ICD-10 Will Go Live as Planned Oct. 1st

April 3, 2014 by Linda Ringquist

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The Center for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS)is moving ahead as planned with its October 1st compliance deadline for ICD-10 implementation. Many healthcare systems have requested that the deadline be postponed due to the mounting challenges they face with co-occurring Meaningful Use Stage 2 deadlines.[read more]

Why Tablets Are the New Frontier for In-Home mHealth

April 1, 2014 by Melody Wilding

mHealth at home

Two-thirds of health IT executives believe that the use of mobile technology will substantially or dramatically impact the delivery of healthcare in the future. And now providers are putting their money where their mouth is: More than one-quarter of HIT executives are currently implementing a mobile technology program.[read more]

GAO Report on Health Information Exchange Focuses on Standards

April 1, 2014 by Chad Johnson

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Last week the Government Accountability Office (GAO) released a report for Congressional Committees. The 44-page report highlights for Congress some of the known problems that exist for many HIE organizations: standards, privacy, patient matching, and costs.[read more]

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Improve Document Security in the Face of ICD-10: A HIPAA Checklist

March 29, 2014 by John Lane

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Although Health and Human Services has delayed compliance with the International Classification of Diseases 10 (ICD-10) codes until October 1, 2014, medical practices and hospitals are gearing up to incorporate and manage the expanded new ICD-10 codes in order to comply with HIPAA, Medicare and Medicaid.[read more]

A Medical Device Recall of an EHR-like Product

March 22, 2014 by Tim Gee

McKesson

The recent recall (links below) for McKesson’s Anesthesia Care system raises interesting questions about potential information system failure modes as well as what system/software functions cross the imaginary line between unregulated EHRs and regulated medical devices.[read more]

Risk of EHRs: Malpractice Claims

March 22, 2014 by Christina Thielst

Claims with EHR factors

Way back in 2005 when I was still getting started as a blogger and was active in the world of EHR adoption, I wondered about their impact on malpractice rates. I asked a malpractice carrier friend of mine what he thought and the answer was it would be years before anyone could really tell. So here we are in 2014 and the information is starting to flow.[read more]