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.
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.
If you’re looking for greater efficiency, effective operations and increased billing, practice management systems (PMS) are proven to meet those requirements.
But not all solutions are the same. If you’re shopping for a PMS, make sure you get the functionality that truly makes your practice better by looking for these ten characteristics: