What to do if you are notified of a HIPAA onsite audit March 31, 2016By Dava StewartBeginning next year, HHS will commence conducting onsite audits, visiting practices to review compliance.
In this issue
Are HIPAA and interoperability at odds?The adoption of electronic health records (EHRs) presents doctors with a dilemma when it comes to protecting patient health data. Does HIPAA hit its mark?Despite the HIPAA rules and improved safeguards to PHI, more than 40 million Americans suffered a breach of their personal health information from 2009 through the end of 2014, not including the 80 million record breach that Indianapolis-based insurer Anthem revealed in 2014, according to health IT security firm Redspin of Carpinteria, California. The MOC revolt: NBPAS fights for relevancy April 10, 2016By Ed FinkelCan the National Board of Physicians and Surgeons grow enough to become a true competitor to ABIM? 10 HIPAA mistakes practices must avoidA breach or poor audit result can undo years of a physician’s hard work Certifying boards don’t serve physicians’ needs
April 10, 2016The last installment of Your Voice includes reactions to MOC and evidence-based medicine .
Determining how much life insurance to buyOnline life insurance calculators, like the one offered by Bankrate, ask how much survivors will need to spend annually, and for how long. The Bankrate calculator also asks about children and current non-retirement savings. Q&A: How to understand the new diabetes code for primary care April 10, 2016By Renee DowlingQ: Can you explain the intensive behavior therapy code for treating patients with diabetes? Is this a new code? How physicians can determine life insurance needsPhysicians should carry levels of coverage that complement their family’s financial game plan, experts say. Physicians fed up, feel trapped by MOC
April 10, 2016We asked members of the Medical Economics Reader Reactor Panel, 200 physicians representing various specialties across the U.S., about their feelings on maintenance of certification and their daily lives in medicine. Here’s what they said about recertification.
The rise of direct primary care April 10, 2016By Elaine PofeldtOpting out of the payer hamster wheel can provide greater independence but requires careful planning Telemedicine empowers patients, but challenges physiciansThe rapid expansion and evolution of telemedicine in the U.S. brings with it increased access at lower costs for patients and growing competition for physicians from providers with regional, national and international reputations. Don’t expect legislative defenses against cyberattacks anytime soon April 10, 2016By John FrankDoctors and others in healthcare who were hoping to see some immediate relief from cyber attacks thanks to the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2015 will need to wait until next year before they begin getting any help, say those familiar with the legislation.