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Is the Proposed MU ”2015 Flexibility” Rule a Good Thing for Your Organization?

Posted by Robert Tennant, Executive Consultant, Strategic Advisory Group on Apr 16, 2015 8:52:00 AM

Strategy_1_jpgThe answer to that question is: It depends on your unique situation. Overall, most healthcare organizations will see this proposed rule as a positive step forward to reduce the administrative burden and complexity of attestation and align EHR reporting periods between eligible hospitals (EHs) and eligible providers (EPs). Specifically, it includes the following two provisions:

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Topics: Meaningful Use

Six Strategies to Minimize Security Threats from Your People & Processes

Posted by Peter Paulli, CISA, Executive Consultant, Advisory Group on Apr 14, 2015 8:00:00 AM

Minimize data breach risk from your employeesAccording to a recent Identify Theft Resource Center report, the healthcare industry tops the list for data breaches for the third year in a row. The result is a new wave of multi-million dollar settlements and a lack of public confidence in the ability of healthcare organizations to protect sensitive information. It also means increased regulatory scrutiny from the unforgiving Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights. Are your prepared for a random Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) audit in 2015?

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Topics: HIPAA

Four Reasons to Participate in the Next Generation ACO Model

Posted by Robert Tennant and Lynn Eckendorf, MBA, CCP, Executive Consultants, Advisory Services on Apr 6, 2015 9:08:00 AM

Next Generation ACO model provides a better wayTo advance value-based reimbursement, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) Innovation Center announced the Next Generation Accountable Care Organization (ACO) Model of payment and care delivery on March 10, 2015. CMS expects to accept approximately 20 ACOs into rounds one and two (2016 and 2017) of the program. Yet if resources are available and there are a greater number of high quality applicants, more than 20 participants may be possible.

Here are four reasons why existing ACOs experienced with coordinated care may want to consider applying for this new model:

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Topics: ACO, Population Health

Does the Sustainable Growth Rate Fix Represent the Death Knell for Meaningful Use?

Posted by Bruce Eckert, MBA, CPHIMS, FHIMSS, National Practice Director on Mar 31, 2015 12:55:00 PM

On Thursday, March 26, 2015, the House of Representatives passed the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 by an overwhelming majority. As the bill is now being taken up by the Senate, it is designed to repeal the Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula and establish a framework for future Medicare reimbursements to physicians.

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Topics: Meaningful Use

What Does Proposed MU Stage 3 Rules Mean for Your Organization?

Posted by Bruce Eckert, MBA, CPHIMS, FHIMSS, National Practice Director on Mar 23, 2015 4:16:00 PM

MUstage3CMS' release of the proposed rules for Meaningful Use (MU) Stage 3 and the related proposed rules for 2015 Edition Health Information Technology Certification Criteria (2015 CEHRT standards) include the most significant changes to the program since Stage 1. If we've learned anything from Stage 2, eligible hospitals (EHs) and eligible providers (EPs) should not wait for the final rules to begin planning for attainment of Stage 3. 

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Topics: Meaningful Use

Six Strategies to Maximize Patient Collections and Increase Satisfaction

Posted by Diane Walizer, CPHIMS, National Practice Director on Mar 18, 2015 8:59:00 AM

revcycledollarsigns1As healthcare organizations continue their move to value-based reimbursement, they are already impacted by patients enrolled in high deductible insurance plans. Paying hundreds of dollars versus a $30 co-pay up front may present significant challenges for many patients. The Association of Credit and Collection Professionals’ survey statistics suggest precarious trends for the financial health of organizations as the cost burden is shifted toward patients:

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Topics: Revenue Cycle

Four Steps to Prepare for Meaningful Use Stage 3

Posted by Bruce Eckert, MBA, CPHIMS, FHIMSS, National Practice Director on Mar 4, 2015 8:55:00 AM

Strategies to prepare for Meaningful Use Stage 3While a collective sigh of relief was shared upon hearing the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) announcement to reduce Meaningful Use’s full-year reporting period to 90 days, the pause will be brief as Stage 3’s hurdles are just around the corner. Unfortunately, the proposed Stage 3 mandates present many of the same obstacles, such as limited implementation time, that organizations are coping with now to meet Stage 2. The good news is if your organization used an electronic health record (EHR) in 2015, there is still time to successfully attest to Meaningful Use Stages 2 to avoid significant future financial losses. 

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Topics: Meaningful Use, Meaningful Use Stage 2, Meaningful Use Stage 3

Leveraging Technology to Achieve Successful Patient Engagement

Posted by Marcia Peterson, National Practice Director, and Bryan Straz, Consultant on Mar 2, 2015 1:18:00 PM

Family_computerMeeting Meaningful Use requirements and population health management benchmarks demand increasing patient engagement to improve care quality outcomes and achieve revenue goals. Patient engagement strategies have also been shown to reduce costs by up to 21 percent, according to a Journal of Information Management study.

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Topics: Patient Engagement