Representative Tim Murphy’s Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis bill was approved by the House with near unanimity in early July. Among other objectives, the legislation seeks to expand the availability of psychiatric hospital beds, create a new assistant secretary for mental health and substance use disorders at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and promote early treatment and intervention for young people who show signs of mental illness.
Few if any physicians, administrators or policy experts have more experience in the American healthcare arena than Kenneth W. Kizer, MD. The Medsphere chairman and director of the Institute for Population Health Improvement at UC Davis has served as the top health official for California and undersecretary of health for the VA. Kizer was also the founding president and chief executive for the National Quality Forum, which focuses on healthcare performance measures and quality standards.
A few weeks ago, I offered up 10 best practices for successful revenue cycle management. Any practice that implements these regular behaviors will be on a more stable financial foundation. The truth, however, is that things are changing rapidly in healthcare, which is news to exactly no one. So, on top of these 10 recommendations, you also have to manage changes that impact revenue.
Restoring lost beds, expanding health IT incentives and rapidly embracing ACOs are steps forward in addressing America’s mental health crisis
Chances are good someone close to you is suffering from a mental health disorder right now. You may not know it. While paranoid schizophrenia is pretty obvious, major depression can be hidden during periodic interaction.
Success in understanding, treating and preventing specific diseases has often resulted from concentrated research initiatives backed by strong sponsors and robust funding.
For clinicians working in the complex American healthcare system, getting paid for every single procedure, service and visit has always been something of a challenge. Yes, fee-for-service medicine created a fairly linear relationship between effort and remuneration, but even in that scenario many hospitals and practices have teetered on the edge of solvency, in part for lack of efficient billing practices.
Let’s face it, for providers, the Meaningful Use (MU) stage 2 requirements related to patient portals are not exactly onerous.
With minor variations, providers are required to make health information available to half their patients within four days of a visit, and either one patient (2015 – 2016 reporting period) or more than five percent of patients (2017 reporting) need to view, download or transmit that information to a third party.
You may be suffering from IT security fatigue at this point, for which I offer a half-hearted apology.
Yes, only half-hearted, because the numbers say healthcare is aware of various security threats but still remains vulnerable, making it imperative that the subject stay top of mind until patient data is reliably protected.
Patient engagement is easy, right? Just create a portal and tell patients it’s there.
Of course, no one who puts a little thought into this idea believes it can be so simple. Healthcare isn’t “Field of Dreams,” after all. We can build it. They still might not come.
Have the HIPAA security and privacy rules been around so long they fade into the background? Perhaps so, which could be problematic. You see, the 2013 Omnibus HIPAA Rule strictly defines the liability and obligations of all business associates, which vendors with access to PHI must understand. As must providers, many of whom are still using pre-2013 business associate agreements. Along with general liability and obligations for business associates, the Omnibus Rule also expands financial liability and enforcement, and introduces altogether new privacy and security provisions.