ICD-10 Delay: What to do Now?

The CMS had stated that ICD-10 implementation is not going to be delayed this time. It has already pushed to 2014 from last year. But, I guess you will never know anything for sure in future. Now that ICD-10 is postponed till 2015, we still should not lose the momentum that we achieved so far

How to Setup Passwords or Authentication Process on your Mobile Device?

First step towards securing data on your mobile device is setup a password or an authentication process. Password is a combination of letters, numbers and keyboard characters that allows user to gain access to the mobile device. It is a means of user authentication. Authentication is a process of verifying the identity of a user,

What are the risks involved in using mobile devices to access patient data on it?

In today’s Information Age, smartphone and tablets have so much processing power that they are no less than a computer for all essential purposes. We now use them for daily usual activities, including searching web, accessing financial accounts, shopping, and communication and even editing documents and performing work related tasks. We even access many EHR

ICD-10: The Disaster Hoax

With the ICD-10 implementation deadline looming around, most people conceive the idea as a serious threat or potential disaster for the healthcare industry. The perspective predominantly prevalent is that of the concept promoting ICD-10 as a very serious challenge to the physicians, practices and hospitals. No doubt it is a challenge from a psychological stand

What is Meaningful Use? What are the stages of Meaningful Use?

Electronic health records (EHR) can provide many benefits for providers and their patients, but the benefits rely on its usage. One provider may use it as a glorified word processor, while another provider may utilize all its features to make his practice efficient. To establish this way of utilization for efficient practice, Centers for Medicare

What is a meaningful consent? Why we need to know?

With the increasing use of health information technology and electronic health records, health care provider’s share and access health information using their computers. There are multiple ways a provider can share patient information with another entity. One way is to provide data from one EMR in a portable format that the patient can take to

Challenges of Converting an ICD-9 Superbill to ICD-10

The U.S. healthcare system is now 10 months away from the ICD-10 “live” date and physician practices around the U.S. are currently deciding on whether or not to convert their current ICD-9 superbill to an ICD-10 superbill. Of course, there are several physicians who currently capture ICD-9s and CPTs through an EMR system or practice

ICD-10 Readiness Guidelines for Physicians

ICD-10 is being compared to the “Y2K” of the Healthcare industry. With that in mind, it is critical that physician practices be prepared for ICD-10 coding to minimize revenue flow disruption and ensure clinical documentation matches ICD-10 specificity. According to an April 2013 survey of 500 physician practices conducted by Navicure, practices consider physician/staff training and

Healthcare Business Intelligence; What Should Small Practices Do?

A smart doctor feels the pulse of his patient with one hand and that of his business with the other. It is equally important for a medical practice to sustain a green health indicator as it is for a patient to be healthy. It’s also quite likely that the practice’s financial health may dwindle as

Patient Empowerment through mobile PHR’s

MTBC has recently introduced a PHR application for both android and apple: the MTBC iPHR. This application is designed to provide PHR access on smart devices, and allows patients to view their vital health information as well as schedule appointments, request prescriptions refills, receive patient statements, pay bills online and view lab results—all in the