has identified some basic healthcare concerns that will govern decision-making and policies in the year 2014. Some of the most prominent challenges that healthcare practitioners face today can be listed as follows.

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Doctor with MoneyWe know that the responsibility of paying for medical bills is increasingly shifting to the consumer. The growth of high-deductible plans - on and off the healthcare exchanges - has dramatically shifted the percentage of overall financial responsibility to patients over the last decade.

The other day, my daughter, who is 14, was tending our neighbor’s little girls. She brought them over to our home for an activity of making cookies. It has been a long time since we have had young children, in our home. I had forgotten how active they can be and how much trouble they can get into. I felt like I was constantly watching everything they did just to make sure that nothing happened to them. I didn’t want them to somehow drink drain cleaner or play in the toilet.

With payer networks narrowing and patients' out-of-pocket expenses rising, patient loyalty isn't what it was. But while many variables go into a patient's decision of whether to stick with a healthcare provider, research compiled by Medscape indicates strong relationships are critical to patient retention.

Now that the healthcare industry has another year to work on the ICD-10 transition, there will be a temptation to put a lot of steps on hold. When it comes to working with healthcare payers, this is a great time to forge ahead. Because you can create better relationships now with your healthcare payers while not so many medical practices are thinking about their delayed ICD-10 transitions. Read the source article at welcome

On Thursday, July 17, HIMSS submitted comments to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) on their proposed rule modifying the Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive program.

DeniedThe ACA has enrolled approximately 8 million people through the healthcare exchanges sponsored by the government.

At the end of April, the Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI) and Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) convened an “Emergency ICD-10 Summit” aimed at addressing the ICD-10 delay and its implications. The primary goal of the meeting was to develop a road map for the industry that offers clear guidance on implementing the code set moving forward.

In my work as a marketing strategist, I have the good fortune to meet some of the nation’s top doctors. As a group, these physicians have much in common.

Individually and collectively, they are highly intelligent men and women who excel as healthcare providers. Although the marketing areas they serve are diverse, and their clinical specialties vary, they share a commitment to excellence in leadership, personal and professional growth, and to success in business.

To address the question of whether or not to use data encryption when it comes to meeting HIPAA compliance and keeping patient health information (PHI) protected, let’s revisit the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA): A covered entity must, in accordance with §164.306… Implement a mechanism to encrypt and decrypt electronic protected health information.” (45 CFR § 164.312(a)(2)(iv)) If you choose not to encrypt data, the HIPAA Security Rule states you must implement an equivalent solution to meet the regulatory requirement.