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 This week’s Practice Management Digest includes price shopping for medical care, CMS ICD-10 video, and Kaiser PHI breach (#2).

1. Investigating the Mystery of Mesa County Medical Costs

Will consumers really be able to “shop around” for hospital and physician-based care? Things are headed that way, according to this article from a Grand Junction, Colorado TV station. Colorado created a state-wide claims database a few years ago to increase transparency, and residents can now see how much local hospitals charge Medicare on average for certain procedures. Not surprisingly, prices differ by $10,000 in some cases. In these cases of transparency, it is important to see how consumers will pick and choose their medical care if given the option.

2. Tiger Team Urging HHS to Ditch HIPAA Access Reports

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health (ONC) wants HHS to change a proposal that would allow patients to access reports showing which health organization staffer examined their information in an EHR. ONC is responding to opposition to the proposal, including the American Hospital Association and the College of Health Information Management Executives. These  organizations feel the proposal would be technically impractical and administratively burdensome.

3. Kaiser Reports Second Fall Data Breach

Healthcare IT News reported that an unencrypted USB drive that went missing from Kaiser Permanente. As a result, KP had to notify just under 50,000 patients at its Anaheim Medical Center that their protected health information (PHI) has been compromised. In detail, the USB contained names, dates of birth, medication data, and medical record numbers. The first instance was when Kaiser Permanente reported a HIPAA breach in September as well when an attachment containing PHI was emailed outside the Kaiser network.

4. CMS Releases ICD-10 Video

Last week, CMS announced a new YouTube video ““ICD-10: Implementation for Physicians, Partial Code Freeze, and MS-DRG Conversion Project,”.  In the video, Pat Brooks and Dr. Daniel Duvall from the Center for Medicare, Hospital and Ambulatory Policy Group discuss the transition to ICD-10 for medical diagnosis and inpatient procedure coding.
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Last Updated on January 5, 2021