June 7, 2013
Between EHR implementation, new HIPAA regulations and the transition to ICD-10, healthcare IT departments are overworked and C-level hospital execs are overwhelmed. The coordination of everything required for successful implementation of new processes and systems is a lot of work.
The news we feature in this week’s HIT Curator post addresses issues healthcare providers are facing – with a report on the delays in Meaningful Use / MIPS attestation, ICD-10 steering committee organization recommendations and the fast-approaching HIPAA compliance deadline.
According to the 2013 Physicians Practice Technology Survey, only 24% of physicians surveyed report not having access to an EHR. This illustrates the effectiveness of the government’s incentive program, which rewards physicians with cash incentives for the “Meaningful Use / MIPS” of EHRs to treat patients. While this is positive news, it comes with the reality of an overall sense of dissatisfaction with EHR technology vendors. Which raises the question – will there be an increase in EHR vendor transitions?
A study funded by the Commonwealth Fund and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, found that as of early 2012, 43.5% of respondents had a basic EHR system, while only 9.8% reported that they had met Meaningful Use / MIPS requirements.
More than half of respondents reported that it was difficult for their systems to meet all Meaningful Use / MIPS requirements. This illustrates the need for the government to set higher standards for vendors.
If you’re considered a Business Associate, you do. The new Omnibus HIPAA Rule expanded the definition and responsibilities for Business Associates. A recent post on the IdExperts blog helps readers determine their status and a recent HIPAA Infographic we published, defines the new requirements.
It’s important to become familiar with the new definition and requirements before the September 23, 2013 deadline is upon us.
Without a central body of authority, the transition to ICD-10 is going to be virtually impossible for your organization. An article from EHR Intelligence emphasizes how critical it is for your hospital to identify a steering committee to drive the conversion from ICD-9 to ICD-10.
ICD-10 is a project with a firm deadline – October 1, 2014. It’s a reality that if your organization hasn’t successfully converted by the deadline, it won’t get paid for outdated ICD-9 codes used on or after the deadline.
After reading the EHR Intelligence article, we also suggest that you download the ICD-10 checklist. It provides a quick look at the phases and steps required for a successful transition.