Healthcare Technology Archive

HHS to Host Medical Identity Theft Town Hall

As readers of this blog may recall, earlier this year, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, asked the consulting group of Booz Allen Hamilton to perform an assessment and evaluation of United States’ medical identity theft problem. As part of this assessment and evaluation,

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

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

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

DEA Poised to Remove E-prescribing Hurdle

Physician societies, patient groups and federal and state agencies are rarely on the same page; so, on an occasion where they unanimously and enthusiastically support a common objective, things must move quickly, right? Not quite. For about a decade, electronic prescribing (also known as “e-prescribing”) has been praised for its promises of reducing deaths and

Insurer Erroneously Discloses Confidential Patient Information

According to news accounts, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia (“BCBS of Georgia”) recently sent more than 200,000 benefits letters (e.g., EOBs) to incorrect recipients, causing widespread concern among BCBS of Georgia’s patients and forcing the insurer to quickly rollout a mitigation plan. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that most of the erroneous mailings were EOBs.

How to Earn Your Electronic Prescribing Bonus

In recent blogs, we focused on Congress’ carrot and stick approach to encourage e-prescribing. As we discussed, providers who implement e-prescribing could receive Medicare bonuses (above and beyond the Medicare fee schedule payments) equal to 2% of their annual Medicare collections. However, providers who do not implement e-prescribing will eventually see their reimbursements drop below

Electronic Prescribing: Medicare Bonuses and Penalties

While we have seen many news stories regarding H.R. 6331’s rollback of the scheduled 10.6% Medicare reimbursement cuts, there has been virtually no coverage regarding the bill’s groundbreaking provisions calling for Medicare bonuses for providers who adopt and regularly utilize electronic prescribing. Therefore, let’s take a few minutes to discuss some of the basics. H.R.

Congress Stops Medicare Cuts and Creates E-Prescribing Bonus

By a veto-proof, bipartisan majority, Congress has just passed H.R. 6331, which will rollback the 10.6% Medicare reimbursement cuts that were scheduled to become effective today and provide an incentive to physicians who adopt and utilize electronic prescribing technology. Background regarding the Scheduled Cuts The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) final 2008 Medicare