Welcome to the PracticeSuite weekly medical billing digest – the best round up of industry news from the past week.
Subcontractor Exposes Patient Information From Fairfax County Community Health Care
A subcontracted vendor to the Fairfax County Community Health Care Network left patient information on an unsecured computer earlier this fall. The information, which included names, addresses, medication information, payment information and Social Security numbers, was accessed four times by three entities over a one-month period. Nearly 1,500 patients had their personal health information compromised, and Fairfax County is offering free credit monitoring services to those affected.
ICD-10: Minimizing the Financial Hit
The MemorialCare Health System in Long Beach, Calif., will spend $8 million on the physician-related portion of its ICD-10 transition. In this article, CFO Karen Testman is blunt about the financial hit the organization is taking, including spending $24 million on the hospital side of the transition. But she says that by February, everything will be coded in ICD-10 (with workers mapping back to ICD-9 to get bills out) and she believes the early adoption will help mitigate the dip in staff productivity many providers expect in October.
WEDI Launches ICD-10 Public-Private Partnership
The Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange announced the ICD-10 Implementation Success Initiative last week. WEDI will partner with CMS and numerous healthcare organizations to support providers, payers, clearinghouses and vendors as they implement ICD-10. The initiative includes a series of webinars and articles, plus a searchable database of ICD-10 issues.
E-Prescribing Adoption Grew Significantly Between 2007 and 2010
A study published in the American Journal of Pharmacy Benefits found the percentage of physicians who owned e-prescribing tools increased from 29.9% in 2007 to 56.4% in 2010. The top specialties for owning the tools in 2010 were general and family medicine (68.4%), urology (65.5%) and cardiology (64.9%). The study also found the percentage of physicians who sent prescriptions electronically rose from 62.2% in 2007 to 85.1% in 2010.
Pay-for-Performance Incentive Program for Small Practices with EHRs Results in Improvement in Cardiovascular Outcomes
This article outlines a randomized trial conducted by University of California, San Francisco researchers to assess the effect of P4P quality incentives in EHR-enabled small practices. Most prior evaluations have focused on large practices. The study found EHR-enabled small practices in the study improved cardiovascular care processes and intermediate outcomes, providing evidence that those with the right tools may be able to improve quality performance in response to an incentive.
Last Updated on December 29, 2013