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Partly Cloudy With a Chance of Fog Computing

By Aaron Jackson, MBA, VP of Solutions Architecture, Keystone Technologies Dating back to the early 2000s, cloud computing has been the hottest topic in IT. It’s made a significant difference in how technology is considered, deployed, and managed within all industries, including the Healthcare industry. Simply put, it’s been a game changer. Cloud computing created…More »


Updates from Washington

By Cora Butler, JD, RN, CHC, President and CEO, HealthCore Value Advisors It was January 20, 2017, when Donald J. Trump, the 45th President of the United States was sworn in, and the focus of what might be expected in the “First 100 days of a Trump administration” was unveiled.  Within the first few hours…More »


Frequently Asked Questions

By Cynthia Morrison, RN, CPHRM, Patient Safety Risk Manager, The Doctors Company Am I required to sign off on my documentation? Each provider is ultimately responsible for his or her medical record documentation, regardless of its origin—from dictation, a scribe, or an electronic entry. Therefore, providers should confirm review by signing off on all documentation.…More »


Dr. Smith, Dr. Jones and the Designated Record Set

Bottom Line In most electronic health records systems, patients have one chart that all doctors share.  Because all doctors in that facility use that chart to make treatment decisions, all the records in that chart constitute the designated record set for all the doctors that use that chart.  Therefore, Dr. Smith’s and Dr. Jones’ records…More »


The “Seven Circumstances” Applied to MIPS for 2017

The Quality Payment Program Final Rule has landed, and at a whopping 2,398 pages, it contains a lot of information. The healthcare data experts at DataFile Technologies have summarized the “seven circumstances” of the rule specifically related to MIPS which you need to know to prepare for 2017. What is the Quality Payment Program? On…More »


3 Key Takeaways from the Technology Survey…And Some Expert Fixes!

The 2016 Tech Report was recently released by Physicians Practice and includes the tabulated responses of more than 1,500 physicians and practice managers from across the country.  Physicians Practice, an award-winning online and print resource for providers and their staff, conducts an annual technology survey and has released it to the public for the first…More »


Why You Should Invest in a Security Risk Analysis

In today’s increasingly complex and ever-changing healthcare landscape, it is undeniably critical for healthcare organizations to effectively achieve risk assessment, vulnerability management, and regulatory compliance. Yet most, if not all, healthcare organizations face several challenges when it comes to successfully managing risk and meeting compliance measures. One of the primary challenges that organizations encounter—and will…More »


Quality and Cost: The New Currency in Medicare’s Value-Based World

The Patient Care and Affordable Care Act of 2010 also known as ACA, or more commonly in some circles “Obamacare” for its health insurance reforms, had among its goals, in addition to the expansion of healthcare coverage, the improvement of quality of care and health system performance by shifting payment from a pay-for-volume basis to…More »


Steps to Value Based Reimbursement Success

Right-Sizing to Reach Goals With the goal of success under value based reimbursement models, medical practices must take steps now to understand the requirements for success, evaluate their ability to meet them, identify the resources required, and put a plan in place to ensure all requirements will be met.  This process is often referred to…More »


Interstate Health-Information Exchange:

Regional intrastate and statewide health-information exchanges help to connect patients’ disparate intrastate electronic health records. Intrastate electronic health-information exchange is necessary, yet it does not sufficiently serve the needs of a mobile population…