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.

Diabetic patients with co-pay-free access to their doctors through secure messaging and telephone-based communication were more likely to make in-person visits, according to a study published at the Annals of Family Medicine.

The research coincided with patient-centered medical home (PCMH) redesign in Group Health's integrated healthcare delivery system. It followed 18,486 adults with diabetes before, during and after the redesign.

ACA LoopholeThere is a loophole in the public exchange marketplace that physicians should be aware of as they plan for continued or expanded participation in networks serving patients purchasing plans through the Affordable Care Act.

Understanding the healthcare exchange, your client’s choices and the impact on your practice is the focus of our July webinar. Patients are ‘shopping’ for insurance as well as for providers. They are asking questions and comparing costs and services from one provider to another before choosing who they go to for their medical needs.  Understanding the impact of the HIX will help you meet the needs of your client and keep your practice growing in today’s challenging environment. Listen in to learn more.

If you’ve ever spent any time with the HIMSS ICD-10 PlayBook, you know it’s full of great resources—such as the ICD-10 Financial Risk Calculator and the ICD-10 Cost Prediction Model—to help provider organizations of all sizes prepare for the transition to the new code set.

House lawmakers are pressing the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to remove penalties on Medicare diagnostic labs that don’t use electronic medical records. The 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) requires Medicare providers to upgrade to Electronic Health Record (EHR) systems or receive less in reimbursements. Eighty-nine House lawmakers agreed in a letter to CMS sent Thursday. Read the source article at TheHill

BlackBerry continues to expand further its scope in the healthcare arena after one of its subsidiaries unveiled a new clinical operating system for medical devices. 

In September, the federal government plans to release a comprehensive, online database of payments made to health care providers in an effort to promote transparency in the health care sector, the AP/Washington Post reports (AP/Washington Post, 7/9).

Most providers associate clinical documentation improvement (CDI) with the transition to ICD-10 coding, however, CDI — a process in which care providers receive feedback from specialists who review clinical documents — may also deliver clinical and financial benefits for healthcare organizations.

The main benefit of CDI is the feedback loop that it creates. It can fill the gaps in care including those found in documentation, coding, quality, and many other aspects involved with the overall care management of a patient.