Healthcare Technology Archive

CMS Offers EMR Users Sizable Bonuses

Your primary care practice could earn up to $290,000, over a five year period, if you adopt and actively use an EMR in coordination with the new Medicare Demonstration Project, which is designed to measure and showcase the quality care improvements that can result from the widespread use of interoperable EMRs/EHRs. Since this program has

How to Avoid Paying One Million Dollars for Your Practice’s Laptop

New Jersey Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBSNJ) recently made news as word of one lost employee laptop spread like wildfire through the health care community and press, adding BCBS to a long list of payers and physicians who have been forced to disclose the loss of computer hardware containing patients’ personal information. Legal Duty of

Technology as a Safeguard against Medical Malpractice Claims.

A growing chorus of health care industry experts, physicians’ groups, politicians and medical malpractice insurance carriers are urging doctors to adopt new technologies to reduce the likelihood and costs associated with medical malpractice. Most of this focus has been on electronic prescribing, medical practice management software and electronic medical records. Electronic Prescribing Sloppily written prescriptions

Court Decision Supports Data Mining of Provider-Patient Encounter Details

In a decision that could have broad implications for physicians and patients alike, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia has recently ordered the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (“CMS”) to disclose claim information regarding hundreds of thousands of patient encounters. The Lawsuit In March 2006, Consumers’ Checkbook, a consumer group

Why utilize ERAs and EFTs?

A provider recently asked me whether she should register to receive Electronic Funds Transfer (“EFT”) and Electronic Remittance Advice (“ERA”) for her Medicare Part B claims. I answered “yes” and also encouraged her to consider registering for EFT and ERA with regard to any other payers with whom she participates. Since so many providers have

Practicing Preventive Legal Medicine

I am including below excerpts from an article I recently had published in Florida Medical Business Journal, Florida’s leading medical business journal. I apologize in advance to those who practice outside of Florida; however, most of the principles discussed in this article are applicable to doctors practicing in any state with the United States. Practicing

Hospitals Consider Discounts for Needy Patients as Costs Soar

Major medical technology advances over the last two decades have significantly improved the quality of care received by hospital patients. However, the use of technology has also resulted in increased costs and many of the underinsured or uninsured ‘working/retired poor’ have been priced out of the market. In a recent RAND Health report, Dana Goldman,

How to Earn Your PQRI Bonus

My last two blogs addressed the ‘what’, ‘when’ and ‘why’ aspects of PQRI (if you haven’t yet read them, you may want to do so prior to reading today’s blog). Today’s blog focuses on the issue of how a health care provider can obtain a PQRI bonus. You are not required to formally register in

Now is the Time to Get Ready for PQRI

As of July 1, 2007, providers must begin reporting information regarding certain quality measures (I’ll describe this in greater detail tomorrow). While the official kickoff for reporting activities is still months away, NOW is the time to make certain that you will be ready. If you are using an EMR, your new reporting responsibilities will

CMS Relaxes NPI Deadline

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has just announced that it is relaxing the enforcement of its May 23, 2007 deadline concerning the mandatory use of the National Provider Identifier (“NPI”) in conjunction with all standard transactions. Section 1173(b) of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (“HIPAA”) set into motion