Do you as a doctor see yourself as a technologist? You’re already a card-carrying scientist, surrounded by the tools of your trade; scales, centrifuges, and the age-old sphygmomanometer.
Authorized Testing and Certification Bodies Named to Certify EHRs As of Monday August 30, 2010 the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) has named the inital two companies that have been selected as Authorized Testing and Certification Bodies (ATCBs) to certify Electronic Health Records (EHR), CCHIT and the Drummond Group Inc. They have been authorized to test and certify EHRs for compliance to the certification criteria that was issued by the Department of Health and Human Continue Reading
What is Meaningful Use? Confused about the “meaningful use” component of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act’s stimulus program? Well, no wonder. The definition is still in development, even though incentive payments are supposed to begin as early as October 2010 for hospitals. Payments to other “eligible professionals who are meaningful EHR users” are scheduled to begin in January, 2011. To back it up a bit, for those who haven’t had time to scour the scads of government documents, in Continue Reading
HIPAA and HITECH Act: What You Need to Know I was talking to Jonathan Krasner from Business Engineering, Inc (BEI) this past week about HIPAA and the need to make sure that we are doing everything possible to safeguard our clients’ information, especially through data encryption. The following is an article from BEI that Jonathan sent me. I would like to pass it along to all of you because it has a lot of great information. HITECH Act: Suggested IT Policies & Continue Reading
Changes to Current HIPAA Laws and Regulations My colleague Jonathan Krasner at Business Engineering, Inc. in Reston, Virginia sent me the following information about HIPAA changes that take effect this week. His information pertains to physician offices, medical billing companies, hospitals and a host of other healthcare facilities and vendors. Congress passed and President Barack Obama signed the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act (ARRA) in February, 2009. The healthcare IT component of the ARRA is commonly referred to as the Continue Reading
Medical Billing Company complies with Federal Red Flag Rules, HIPAA and HITECH Act guiines for network and data security to protect patient medical and financial records. (Washington, D.C.) September 9, 2009 – Capture Billing & Consulting, Inc., a medical billing and practice management consulting company located outside of Washington, DC, has contracted with Office Defender of Sterling, Virginia to provide network administration services, upgrade network security, stream encrypted backup procedures and implement disaster recovery protocols. With new governmental requirements for Continue Reading