Archive for The Month of October, 2017

Archive for the Month of October, 2017

Welcome to the medical billing blog archive for the month of October, 2017.

Here you will find links to every article added to the Outsource Management Group web site during the month of October, 2017.

You can browse this month's archives by clicking the "More" button from any of the excerpts below.

Most Providers Report Lack of Health IT Interoperability

A new eHealth Initiative survey found 68 percent of providers believe current interoperability solutions fail to help meet the goals of value-based care. Researchers in 2017 Survey on Access to Patient Information gathered responses from 107 respondents including CEOs and other executive leadership, IT leadership, clinical staff, and administrative leadership from hospitals, health systems, medical groups, physician practices, HIEs, and other organizations. The survey addressed issues including health data exchange, interoperability, federal regulations, patient access to information, and patient engagement. Researchers found that most providers believe technology has improved healthcare quality since 2008, but certain areas—including interoperability—are still in need of significant improvements. “Sixty-three percent agree that technology has helped

By: Melissa Clark, CCS-P, RT - CEO
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Healthcare security compliance in the cloud

The “cloud” has almost become a buzzword in health IT, with many hospitals considering a shift to remote servers to reduce costs and improve scalability. However, some executives have hesitated, given the cyber-security implications of accessing protected health information through the internet. “It’s like online shopping,” Shaung Liu, chief technology officer of the provider division at Teladoc, said during a Microsoft-sponsored workshop at the Becker’s Hospital Review 3rd Annual Health IT + Revenue Cycle Conference Sept. 21 in Chicago. “When you first did online shopping nobody wanted to put their credit card in the cloud … you didn’t trust it,” he explained. “Now, everybody does.” Teladoc, a telehealth company that

By: Melissa Clark, CCS-P, RT - CEO
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10 Common Physician RCM Mistakes

If you’re familiar with the beloved sitcom “Seinfeld,” then you have probably seen “The Opposite,” an episode where George Costanza takes it upon himself to do the complete opposite of what he believes is right. The episode serves as the inspiration for Craig Pedersons’ presentation, “Physician Compensation: 10 Common Mistakes (and Four Solutions),” at the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) Annual Conference in Anaheim, Calif. “I am going to go through case studies and specific examples of financial train wrecks. I’m not trying to tell people what to do, I’m telling them what to avoid. Case studies allow examples to become a lot more real,” says Pederson, a principle consultant

By: Kathryn Etienne, CCS-P, RT - DOO
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The Cloud Protects Practices from Mother Nature

Late last week, as Irma devastated Florida’s Atlantic and Gulf coasts, I had the opportunity to speak with one of our medical practices in the area. As I shared my concerns and best wishes with them, they quickly reminded me how valuable it is to have their entire practice’s data securely stored in the cloud—far away from the rain, devastating winds, and storm surge. With the destruction left in the wake of hurricanes Irma and Harvey, it is wonderful to know that cloud technology is helping people worry less and avoid further damage. Here are four disasters modern medical practices across the southern U.S. will sidestep in the storm aftermath:

By: Melissa Clark, CCS-P, RT - CEO
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