Health IT Issues that Deserve a Second Read – October 2019

Top10-200One of the ways that HITECH Answers is different from other media sites is the sense of community. The thought leaders in our community are good about sharing their thoughts on the issues of today. We publish at least eight guest posts a week now, on our three sites. In case you missed some, here are the top ten read and shared guest posts  in the month of October. You can also read previous month’s Top Ten Lists. Thank you for contributing and reading.

Most Played Radio Episode in October

From Voices in Value-Based Care, host Beth Houck introduces Matt Fusan as the new host and talks about the merger of SA Ignite and SPH Analytics with Tom Lee and Amy Amick.

Most Read Thought Leader Posts in October

The Many Forms of HIPAA Enforcement
By Matt Fisher, Attorney and chair of the Health Law Group at Mirick, O’Connell, DeMallie & Lougee, LLP.
Twitter: @matt_r_fisher

How is HIPAA enforced? That may be a simple enough question, but it also contains more nuance than may initially be expected. Determining how HIPAA is enforced can depend upon how the term enforcement is viewed and interpreted. The first step is to define enforcement. The dictionary definition of enforcement includes the following statements: Continue reading on…

Walmart To Give Workers Financial Incentives To Use Higher-Quality Doctors
By Phil Galewitz, Kaiser Health News
Twitter: @KHNews
Twitter: @philgalewitz

Worried its employees aren’t getting good enough care from doctors in their insurance networks, Walmart next year will test pointing workers in northwestern Arkansas, central Florida and the Dallas-Fort Worth area toward physicians it has found provide better service. If the employees use these “featured providers,” they will pay less out of pocket, Walmart officials said. Continue reading on…

Compliance & Cybersecurity Go Hand-In-Hand
By Art Gross, President and CEO, HIPAA Secure Now!
Twitter: @HIPAASecureNow

When it comes to healthcare organizations addressing the HIPAA compliance of their business, many feel prepared and comfortable, readily checking that “compliant” box. But addressing the human part of security falls by the wayside too often. Compliance and cybersecurity, which includes human security, both need to be a part of your overall strategic plan. Continue reading on…

Inside CMS’ 2020 Proposed Changes to QPP
By Matthew Fusan, General Manager, Population Health, SPH Analytics
Twitter: @SPHAnalytics

CMS’ 2020 Proposed Rule for the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule calls for a number of changes. Most noticeably, the proposal includes increases in the performance thresholds and financial impact of MIPS. It also includes changes that would enable clinicians to report on a smaller set of measures that are specialty-specific, outcomes-based, and more closely aligned to APMs – Continue reading on…

AHRQ Makes Bold Plans for Future Successes
By Gopal Khanna, M.B.A., Director of AHRQ
Twitter: @AHRQNews

Twenty years ago, two seminal events helped set the nation’s healthcare agenda and formed the legacy of quality improvement that AHRQ carries forth today. The first was publication in November, 1999 of To Err is Human, the landmark Institute of Medicine report that concluded between 44,000 and 98,000 people die each year from preventable medical errors. Continue reading on…

National Health IT Week Reflections
By Don Rucker MD National Coordinator for Health Information Technology & Steven Posnack MS, MHS Deputy National Coordinator for Health Information Technology
Steven’s Twitter: @HealthIT_Policy

National Health IT Week is the perfect time to reflect on our collective success since last year. The health IT landscape has dramatically evolved since the first National Health IT Week in 2006. Most provider offices and hospitals use electronic health records, their patients can now view their medical information online, and we see a new wave coming in the next few years powered by the app economy. Continue reading on…

Localizing Gunshots for Safety
By Dr. Nick van Terheyden aka Dr. Nick, Host of Dr. Nick: The Incrementalist 
Twitter: @drnic1

On this episode I am talking to Kathleen Griggs, the President and Founder of Databuoy a unique and clever technology that uses acoustic sensor mesh networks to localize sounds to monitor activities and integrate with other information sources and makers of ShotPoint a gunshot detection mechanism that works indoors and outdoors. Continue reading on…

Artificial Intelligence – The Doctor Will See You Now
By Charlie Goldberg, a Director, HealthEC
Twitter: @HealthEC_LLC

Imagine the future when you go to your doctor to be treated for some sort of ailment. After collecting and entering key data into an app, she’s presented with a clinical diagnosis and optimal course of treatment, including the correct medications. While she’s there to talk “human-to-human” to the patient, it’s a predictive model and algorithm that’s done all the heavy lifting.  Continue reading on…

Collaboration, Integrity and Coding: AHIMA 19 Touches on Popular Revenue Cycle Themes
By Beth Friedman, Founder & CEO, Agency Ten22
Twitter: @AgencyTen22

Coding, collaboration and revenue integrity matter in healthcare. These are consistent themes in reimbursement circles. And they topped conversation charts during the recent AHIMA annual convention. As a 22-year veteran of this event, I see AHIMA quickly moving forward to keep stride with their revenue cycle and health IT peers in three specific areas: healthcare industry partnerships, health information integrity and change management. Here’s how. Continue reading on…

Mandated Interoperability: Strategic Differentiator or Compliance Project?
By Drew Ivan, Executive Vice President of Product and Strategy, Rhapsody and Corepoint Health
Twitter: @rhapsodyhealth @CorepointHealth

Interoperability within health care has been a top concern across the industry for more than a decade. The HITECH ACT drove an expectation that interoperability would be a natural byproduct of broad EHR adoption, but this turned out not to be the case. Digitizing health data did not automatically make it liquid. The missing key ingredient is a business motivation to share data outside of the silo in which it was generated. Continue reading on…

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