When it comes to the scanning function, how does your facility compare to those of your peers? To help you answer that question, MRB focused its latest quarterly benchmarking survey on scanning productivity. We hope you'll find the results helpful. More than 200 survey respondents completed the 2012 survey, including:
HIPAA requires implementation of technical policies and procedures for electronic information systems that maintain electronic protected health information (ePHI) to allow access only to those persons or software programs that have been granted access rights [§164.312(a)] as specified in the administrative safeguards under access authorization, establishment, and modification [§164.308(a)(4)].
While I was on one of my first consulting engagements in the early 1980s-when the pundits were predicting that everyone would be fully on EMRs no later than 1990-I experienced a rude wake-up lesson: the automating dysfunction "reality check" factor.
In November 2006, CMS published a final rule on the Conditions of Participation (CoP) for hospitals. Among the finalized provisions, there was a five-year window given during which CMS permitted orders (including verbal and telephone orders) to be signed by either the ordering physician or another physician responsible for the patient's care (e.g., a covering physician or practice partner). Those five years came to an end on January 27, 2012, meaning that, as of that date, hospitals needed to ensure that their orders were signed only by the ordering practitioner him- or herself. However, in October 2011, CMS released a proposed rule addressing the five-year sunset provision. Per the Federal Register:
We hear about physician engagement across and throughout all healthcare settings almost daily. This is not new, but when it comes to ICD-10-CM/PCS preparation, facilities and practices need engaged physicians.
From researching and implementing EHR systems to developing training and education plans for ICD-10 to overseeing your Recovery Audit Program review results, the daily tasks of an HIM director can quickly become overwhelming.
2012 is upon us, and for many healthcare organization leaders, the ticking clock of healthcare reform just got a lot louder. In a mere two years, the incentives to implement EHRs will end, and penalties for those that have failed to comply will begin.