Establish policy to handle patient medical record access scenarios, legally. Patients have a right to “request to view” their medical record. This right is conferred by the Standards for Privacy of Individually Identifiable Health Information, known as the HIPAA Privacy Rule of 2001 [45 C.F.R. § 164.524]. Let’s review legal details, so you can best ...
Electronic health records (EHRs) are supposed to allow for the sharing of health information. If a patient, for example, is found to have an allergy to penicillin at the family doctor’s office, then emergency room and other medical providers should be able to see the allergy in their EHR systems. Unfortunately, EHR systems do not ...
New prepayment audits underscore the importance of proper EHR use. If your practice, clinic, or hospital uses an electronic health record (EHR) but does not have a current “copy and paste” policy, it’s time to create one. To understand why this is important, let’s consider long-standing evaluation and management (E/M) coding challenges, how payers are ...
Arm against fraud risks EHRs pose, and develop policies to reinforce compliance. Electronic health records (EHRs) make documentation more legible, but they also make it easier to inflate content. Evaluation and management (E/M) documentation is especially prone to EHR shortcomings because of the repetitive nature of these services. Let’s consider the risks and resolutions. Authenticate ...
In MACRA
Sep 15th, 2017
Several new resources on the Quality Payment Program website may help specialty practices successfully report in the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS). The deadline for initiating 90-day participation in MIPS is Oct. 2. It isn’t too late, however, for MIPS eligible clinicians and clinician groups to report the minimum performance data (one Quality or Improvement ...