Welcome to the PracticeSuite weekly medical billing digest – the best round up of industry news from the past week:
Solo Physician Paying ID Protection for 8,900
HealthData Management reported this week that a San Jose orthopedic surgeon is offering just under 9,000 of his patients a year’s worth of ID protection. The offer is designed to mitigate issues stemming from the theft of a password-protected laptop from the physician’s home in September. Protected health information on the laptop included diagnoses, medications, surgical information, and Social Security numbers.
The Road Toward Fully Transparent Medical Records
In this opinion piece published in the New England Journal of Medicine, the authors explore the benefits of allowing patients access to clinician notes. Patients reported having better recall and understanding of their care plans, and two-thirds of patients who were taking medications reported improved adherence. Doctors reported little effect on their work lives.
Counterfeit Drugs, Digital Technology Emerge as Major Issues Influencing Health Care in 2014
A survey of 1,000 consumers and interviews with health industry leaders was used by PriceWaterhouseCoopers to determine the top industry issues for next year. This article from Drug Store News outlines the top 10, which include price transparency, technologies such as social and cloud driving new business models, and new regulations to eliminate counterfeit medications. Lead author Kelly Barnes says although the health insurance exchanges top the headlines, the real change facing healthcare providers is empowered consumers.
Five Reasons to Consider a Cloud-Based EMR
Frank Quinn from MedCity News says not all cloud-based software is equal. He advises providers to look for an EMR that is completely web based (no installation at the user end), highly flexible (unlimited patient data and physician information), and easy to implement. Quinn also recommends looking for systems with low upfront costs and a high level of data security and availability.
‘Road Map’ Needed for Switch to Accountable Care
At an Alliance for Health Reform briefing reported on by MedPage Today, Len Nichols called for a public-private partnership to create a road map to help providers move away from fee-for-service models. Nichols, director for the Center for Health Policy Research and Ethics at George Mason University, said the blueprint should be free and work for a variety of providers and private health plans.
Last Updated on December 21, 2013