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Healthcare providers that were diligently working towards the October 1, 2014 ICD-10 implementation deadline aren't the only ones hurting from the one-year delay in the code transition.
With a delay in the ICD-10 implementation deadline by at least one year, providers around the country are evaluating their next moves with regard to the code switchover.
The growth of advanced diagnostic imaging services provided to Medicare beneficiaries in the office setting, such as CT and MRI, continues to decline. Though the use of these imaging services grew rapidly during the decade starting in 2000, the rate of growth has declined in recent years.
Despite an explosion in consumer use of mobile health and fitness applications, doctors continue to be hesitant to recommend mHealth apps to their patients.
Lack of interoperability among data resources for electronic health records is a major hurdle to the unfettered exchange of information and development of a robust health data infrastructure.
The risk-rating features of a new tool developed by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT to help healthcare providers in small to medium sized physician offices conduct security risk assessments (SRA) need improvement.
Many providers have implemented or are considering the use of patient portals to assist in meeting meaningful use patient engagement criteria. Quest Diagnostics, which sells the Care360 suite of provider software, gives tips to physician practices for successful use of portals.
About 85 percent of Medicare meaningful use early adopters have successfully attested for 2011, 2012 and 2013, according to the latest estimates from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The "very raw, gross" numbers of eligible professionals released at last week's Health IT Policy Committee meeting are based on data from the 2013 attestation period which ended on March 31.
In a recent blog posting, Kathleen LePar, vice president of strategic services at consultancy Beacon Partners, notes: We have been hearing for the last two years, If I only had enough time to implement ICD-10 correctly. Well, now you have the opportunity to do it right. LePar gives multiple examples of opportunities that stakeholders should take advantage of now that Congress has delayed the ICD-10 compliance deadline until at least October 2015.
Healthcare organizations were caught flat-footed by the one-year delay in the ICD-10 implementation deadline to October 2015, according to the finding of a new poll by the health services research arm of Deloitte LLP. The poll of 1,250 health professionals conducted during a recent Deloitte Center for Health Solutions webcast found that 58 percent of respondents were disappointed by the delay.
Threats to the security and privacy of patient data in the U.S. healthcare system are increasing, healthcare organizations continue to struggle with the increasingly complex federal and state privacy and security regulations, and many, if not most, providers have experienced a data breach.
Many healthcare organizations migrating information systems to a cloud-hosted service struggle developing an appropriate strategy for the task, says Ed King, managing director of healthcare consulting services at disaster recovery and cloud-hosting vendor Sungard Availability Services. The Wayne, Pa.-based company split from software and processing services vendor SunGard in March and became an independent entity.
Health Data Management asked healthcare CIOs, consultants and attorneys for comment on the tenure of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, who soon will resign after serving the nation for five years. Here is a snapshot of thoughts:
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services reminds providers participating in the electronic health records meaningful use program of the ability to submit batch attestations for multiple eligible professionals and eligible hospitals, beginning this year.
The one-year extension of the ICD-10 implementation deadline signed into law April 1 by President Obama is viewed as a "positive credit development" for not-for-profit hospitals, according to New York-based financial information services company Fitch Ratings.