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September is a Big Month for Health IT

September 6, 2013

HIPAA & Security, ICD-10, Meaningful Use / MIPS 2 Minute Read

Omnibus HIPAA Compliance Deadline is Upon Us (Podcast)

September 23 is the deadline for compliance with the new HIPAA regulations. In a recently published podcast, Mac McMillan, current chair of the HIMSS Privacy & Security Policy Task Force discusses what providers should know.

The podcast details how the new rule impacts business associates, new rules for how protected health information can be used and the enhanced requirements for breach notifications.

Be prepared. The deadline is around the corner, and noncompliance is a huge risk. Make sure everyone in your organization is educated on what the new regulations mean. Below are additional resources to review and share:

Guide to Omnibus HIPAA – The Rule in Seven Pages
Visual Guide to Omnibus HIPAA

Improve Your Clinical Documentation Methods to Prepare for ICD-10

An article on ICD Watch this week lays out the benefits of preparing your clinical documentation in preparation for ICD-10. The article makes the case, “By improving clinical documentation now, you will be ready to assign ICD-10 codes next year.”

The author goes on to detail the five steps to take to improve your clinical documentation. They are:

  1. “Assess documentation for ICD-10 readiness.”
  2. “Analyze the impact on claims. “
  3. “Implement early clinician education.”
  4. “Establish a concurrent documentation review program. “
  5. “Streamline clinical documentation workflow.”

Organizations have to start somewhere. The October 1, 2014 deadline is coming up fast. This article provides some good starting points. If you are looking for other resources to support your ICD-10 transition, check out the Impact of ICD-10 Presentation.

Mostashari Weighs in on Meaningful Use / MIPS Challenges

Farzad Mostashari’s resignation from his role as the National Coordinator for Health IT goes into effect this fall. Before his departure, he weighed in on Meaningful Use / MIPS and other policies impacting healthcare right now.

Read or listen to Mostashari’s farewell analysis here.

National Health IT Week Promises a Crowd

National Health IT week will be held September 16 through September 20. According to HIMSS officials, the week is dedicated to educating Congress and the public on the importance of health IT.

Coordinators are advocating for participation from organizations across the country. They’ve prepared a toolkit that describes how interested parties can get involved.

Check out the article on Healthcare IT News for more information and to get involved.

Infographic Answers Questions About Healthcare Informatics

the University of Illinois in Chicago’s Health Informatics Department published an infographic this week on the topic of Informatics. The infographic attempts to answer questions many in healthcare have about the role of informatics such as: What do healthcare informaticists actually do? What are the sub-disciplines of the practice? And just how do they enhance care delivery?

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