4 Things every urgent care should know about health IT security


There’s no denying that the digital revolution has spawned an age of convenience, but with that convenience comes a growing concern for the security of consumer information.

This rings especially true for healthcare organizations that are responsible for mountains of patient information.

A stolen credit card can be canceled, but a medical record contains significantly more rich data and information about a person. These records contain family information, financial information, and of course, a medical history. “A person’s health information is worth 15 to 20 times more than financial information,” said Robert Wah, MD, President-elect of the American Medical Association and Chief Medical Officer for CSC, a health IT Company in Falls Church, VA.

Lisa Gallagher, Head of Privacy and Security at HIMSS agrees. “It’s easier for identity theft to take place from a medical record that’s not secure than it is from a financial record because they tend to be locked down a little better. Hackers and other perpetrators have moved to trying to get it from the medical record.”

All healthcare organizations, including urgent care centers, must educate themselves about health IT security so they can better protect their patients.

With this in mind, here are 4 things you should know about health IT security. Read more

 

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CureMD Urgent Care EHR: What’s in it for you


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The Successful Electronic Health Records Implementation


The Successful Electronic Health Records Implementation

Finding the right partner

Use services like KLAS to find top-rated vendors.

Is the EHR certified?

Does the EHR adapt to my workflow?

Will the new solution fit my budget?

Planning the implementation

Use a detailed project plan that lays out tasks and milestones clearly.

Leverage your partner’s expertise to bridge the gap between your current state and best

Practice. Read more

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Common Revenue Cycle Management Pitfalls to Avoid


When asked what the key to success is, most business owners will tell you the ability to stay competitive in the marketplace. Staying competitive is particularly important in the health care field where the financial success of a physician practice is fundamentally based on provider productivity and revenue cycle management. A practice that’s unable to reduce revenue leaks and increase their bottom line will have a hard time staying afloat.

When it comes to minimizing costs and managing revenue, medical practices of all sizes make the same mistakes. Here are 7 common RCM pitfalls to avoid at all costs.

Not Collecting at Point of Service

Not everyone is comfortable collecting from patients at point of service (POS), but avoiding this sometimes-difficult task can put your practice’s revenue at risk. You know firsthand that copays and reimbursements are a major part of how you and your staff get paid.

Should a payment not occur at POS, a lot of time and money is spent following up and chasing after patients. There are the endless phone calls and emails and paper invoices, and all of those “minor” expenses add up, not to mention the expense of having to hire a collections agency. Multiply these expenses by “X” number of patients and your revenue soon develops a slow and steady leak.

The moral of this RCM scenario is, it’s much harder to get patients to pay once they’ve been treated and are out the door, so make sure your staff has been trained on these procedures and can clearly communicate your collection policies. Read more 

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MIPS Delay on the Cards


MIPS Delay on the Cards

MIPS (Merit-Based Incentive Payment System) delay & shorter reporting periods are the options CMS is willing to explore.

  • On July 13, at the congressional hearing on the Medicare Access and Chip authorization act, CMS Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt did not rule out the possibility of a MIPS delay.
  • Originally, MIPS is scheduled to start from January 2017 with payment adjustments beginning in 2019.
  • Since the release of the proposed rule, various physician groups have called for greater flexibilities, many of Which center around pushing the start date forward by at least six months.
  • With the final rule scheduled to release on November 1, leaving physicians with only two months to prepare CMS is Open to give physicians more time, said Slavitt. Read more
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