A recent study released by The American Journal of Emergency Medicine suggests that large numbers of emergency rooms will have difficulty implementing ICD-10 when it is officially introduced in October. These problems could have drastic impacts on workflow and cost, and affect payers and providers alike.
According to a 2015 report, more than 24% of users of EHR systems say that their current systems are "too faulty or cumbersome." This trend in EHR dissatisfaction seems to be on the rise, too. So what's causing the exodus from traditional systems?
It might still be early in the year, but it looks like 2015 is already shaping up to be a big year for value-based purchasing initiatives. In large part thanks to the announcement by the Department of Health and Human Services last week outlining the year’s worth of expectations for hospitals and healthcare providers. HHS’ goal is that by 2016, 85% of Medicare’s payments to providers will be under the VBP model, rather than fee-for-service. The shift to VBP from fee-for-service has been ongoing, but the pressure is on for providers and healthcare systems who have been lagging behind in embracing alternative payment models.
What do we actually mean when we talk about price transparency in healthcare? When we talk about healthcare costs, what does cost mean to each individual stakeholder?
As healthcare becomes more and more a quality driven industry, finding innovative methods of tracking, analyzing and making use of data collected on patient experience is going to be key to patient satisfaction scores. As you are likely already aware, those scores are what has been the driving force behind hospital and provider rankings.
Back in 2007, the healthcare industry was introduced to a little concept called The Triple Aim. The major motivation for which is improving population health through a three pronged framework: Improving the patient experience of care (including quality and satisfaction); Improving the health of populations; and Reducing the per capita cost of health care.
We've talked about HIPAA audits before, but today, we want to go over what a HIPAA audit can actually mean for your organization. There are both positive and negative implications for the increased security around patient health information, so let's see what exactly they are.
If you read our most recent blog on HIPAA violations, you know that employee error is one of the five most common HIPAA violations. It could be a lost electronic device or an unintentional error, but either way a breach can drastically effect your organization. Employees that work with patient data are essential to keeping your organization HIPAA compliant. From hold trainings to having a foolproof social media policy, here are 5 tips for helping your employees understand HIPAA compliance.
With HIPAA Phase 2 audits looming on the horizon, many organizations are gearing up for the audits with internal assessments. We've already talked about how your organization might be unwittingly violating HIPAA, but what penalties are you really facing?
As we approach the end of Q1 in 2015, it's time to look at what trends are taking the lead in healthcare. There have been many predictions made on which arenas will be pushed to the forefront (such as healthcare IT improvements, new biotech releases, etc.), but which have actually come true? Let's take a look.