Healthcare Articles

These Healthcare articles will give you the news and information you need to stay up to date in the ever changing Healthcare industry.

January 24, 2012 – 1,299 views
Kristin Baird
Post discharge calls have always been important for patient service and quality care. The need for this follow-up, though, has been gaining attention recently due to a new direct connection between patient satisfaction results and CMS payments. HCAHPS scores are likely to represent a percentage of annual Medicare payment in new hospital reimbursement formulas. For those hospitals that have not already been doing formal post discharge calls, the question is no longer "if" they should be done, but "how." Full Story 
January 17, 2012 – 1,072 views
Ken Berry
-IRS bracing for the implementation of new health care legislation -Most controversial sections of new law will not kick in until 2014 -Tax professionals advised to educate themselves well in advance of 2014 Full Story 
January 10, 2012 – 1,218 views
James Smith
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) payment proposals for the coming year indicate the situation could get all the more challenging. Here's a proposed fee schedule update you need to be aware of. Full Story 
January 3, 2012 – 2,048 views
James Smith
After an asymptomatic Medicare patient who uses tobacco comes to your office, ensure that you're reporting expanded smoking and tobacco-use cessation counseling codes -- G0436 and G0437 -- to ethically recoup documented counseling time. Full Story 
December 27, 2011 – 1,093 views
David Mayer
The majority of us abandoned the land some generations ago and moved into the cities. Since most people live in these convenient groups, it's efficient. Suppliers of goods and services have a captive market even allowing for the internet introducing more people across greater distances. We still need local shops and people to repair our homes when they are damaged. So what's happened back in the countryside? Sadly, it's mostly bad news. With fewer people spread over bigger distances, access to goods and services has dropped dramatically. Now add in the budget deficits affecting almost every state and you won't find business as usual. Even essential services like the fire departments and law enforcement are stretched to breaking. Full Story 
December 20, 2011 – 1,234 views
James Smith
In case your lab bills transfusion medicine services, pathology exams for definite cysts, or blood tests meant for hemorrhagic disorders, we have some news to get your 2012 ICD-9-CM coding in control. Full Story 
December 13, 2011 – 1,281 views
Online Tech
Are you on the hook to undergo a HIPAA audit, but you're not quite sure where to start? Online Tech recently passed a HIPAA audit of our Michigan data centers, giving us the ability to offer HIPAA compliant hosting solutions to healthcare organizations that need to pass HIPAA audits of their own. Avoiding hefty fines and collecting federal incentives are major motivators of the healthcare industry to adopt electronic medical record (EMR) systems, in accordance with the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act. Full Story 
December 6, 2011 – 1,154 views
Mitchel Smith
Privacy of confidential data starts with the authentication process for accessing protected information. With industries such as healthcare there are government regulations put in place to protect a patient's privacy. The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act known as HIPAA for short was put in place in 1996 and provides privacy and security rules as a standard for security in the healthcare industry. The act requires companies in the healthcare industry to utilize a two-factor authentication process also known as strong authentication. Full Story