Laptop Security: 5 Steps to Getting it Right

If you use a laptop in any capacity within your office you may be placing your practice at grave risk if you do not take the necessary steps to prevent data theft.  We’ve all heard the horror stories: May 22, 2006: A Department of Veteran Affairs data analyst (read: low on the totem pole) had

Broad-based Coalition Demands Immediate Passage of Healthcare IT Legislation

Earlier today, Health IT Now!, a coalition of more than 175 businesses, non-profit and patient groups, urged Congress to “pass federal legislation that promotes the widespread adoption of health information technology in the remaining weeks before Congress adjourns.” In particular, Health IT Now!’s September 9th letter to Congress asks Congress to adopt legislation that includes

Legislators and Researchers Question Direct-to-Consumer Ads

As we have discussed in prior blogs, state lawmakers throughout the country are debating increased restrictions on the pharmaceutical industry’s ability to promote its pharmaceutical products to physicians. The industry has voluntarily responded by adopting various rules, including capping the amount of money that pharmaceutical representatives can spend promoting drugs to healthcare providers. Pharmaceutical industry

Payer Acknowledges Improper Out-of-Network Reimbursements

New Jersey patients and providers recently enjoyed a victory in their long-running tug-of-war with payers concerning the reasonableness of out-of-network reimbursements. Last Tuesday, the New Jersey Department of Banking and Insurance (“DOBI”) announced that Healthnet of New Jersey has agreed to pay $41 million to settle charges that it systematically underpaid out-of-network providers between 1996

New California Law Subjects Providers to Steep Fines for Privacy Breaches

Under a bill recently approved by the Assembly and expected to be signed into law, California Healthcare providers could soon be subject to hefty fines and costly civil litigation if they fail to adopt and implement “appropriate administrative, technical, and physical safeguards to protect the privacy of a patient’s medical information.” While A.B. 211 appears

North Carolina to Publish Data Regarding “Confidential” Med Mal Settlements

Under a new North Carolina regulation, details regarding North Carolina medical malpractice settlements will soon be posted online for patients to view. Confidential out-of-court settlements have long been the option of choice for medical malpractice defendants in North Carolina and elsewhere. However, if the North Carolina Board of Medical Examiners gets its way, North Carolina

Automating Patient Check-In: How you can get started

Physician’s Practice reports in its August issue that self-service medicine, driven by electronic patient-entered histories, is improving patient outcomes. Touch-screens—shiny, user-friendly devices—are finally making their way into the doctor’s office. The new fad in start-up clinics is to place a touch-screen at the front desk to check-in patients, collect co-pays, take the patient’s picture, and

E-Prescribing Could Save Thousands of Lives Each Year

Regular readers of this blog will recall our recent discussion concerning the new ‘carrot’ of a 2% bonus that is being offered to electronic prescribers by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”). Perhaps you will also recall our blog regarding the Drug Enforcement Agency’s (“DEA”) efforts to make E-prescribing more attractive by eliminating

HHS Proposed Rule Causes Controversy

Yesterday’s blog discussed the background of HHS’ proposed rule, which would penalize institutions that discriminate against providers who refuse to refer patients to abortion providers. As promised, today we’ll focus on the details of the proposed rule, which is entitled “Ensuring that Department of Health and Human Services Funds Do Not Support Coercive or Discriminatory

Welcome to MTBC’s Healthcare IT

Welcome! MTBC, the Unique Healthcare IT Company®, has launched this healthcare IT blog as a way of providing regular updates to physicians and practice managers on the happenings of healthcare information technology. As a pioneer in the healthcare IT arena, MTBC has redefined the value and service of a medical billing company. MTBC is well