2023 Healthcare Mandates
Healthcare mandates change fast, especially during a pandemic. As the coronavirus public health emergency draws to a close, your practice can expect changes to Medicare and Medicaid data collection, interoperability, and payment rule. Many Medicare policies were relaxed between 2020 and 2022, and regulations for 2023 reflect a return to business as usual. Here are […]
What Does CMS Stand for in Medical Billing?
CMS is the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, which is the U.S. federal agency that assists in providing health insurance through Medicare, Medicare Advantage, Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and the Health Insurance Marketplace. With more than 100 million beneficiaries currently enrolled in CMS health insurance programs, it is imperative to understand […]
New Information Blocking Rules: What Doctors Should Know
The 21st Century Cures Act (Cures Act) included provisions to prevent information blocking. These information blocking rules aim to stop health care actors, including EHR vendors and health care providers, from preventing or blocking access to electronic health information (EHI). Here is what doctors need to know to comply with the new information blocking rules. What Are the […]
The Impact of the Cures Act on Hospitals
The 21st Century Cures Act is bipartisan legislation that was passed in December 2016. The main provisions of the Cures Act were designed to accelerate the development and approval of new prescription drugs and medical devices. However, the Cures Act went far beyond those important changes. It also included important provisions for hospitals such as research funding, changes to the Hospital […]
What is OpenNotes and How Does it Help Patients and Providers?
The OpenNotes initiative encourages providers to share their clinical notes with patients. Open clinical notes improve patient-provider communication and engage patients in their care. OpenNotes can also reduce errors and help patients adhere to treatment plans. Studies show that the OpenNotes initiative benefits both patients and providers through improved communication and shared decision-making. Here is why […]
The Cures Act Fact Sheet
The 21st Century Cures Act was passed in December 2016. Several provisions of this important legislation are still being rolled out in 2021 and 2022. Here are the key Cures Act facts your practice needs to know. What Is the Cures Act? The Cures Act is bipartisan legislation designed to accelerate medical product development, promote interoperability, and support patients. […]
What Does the 21st Century Cures Act Mean for Patients?
The 21st Century Cures Act was signed into law in 2016, but many practices still have questions about what it means for physicians and their patients. The Cures Act put patients at the center of efforts to modernize drug and device development and Health IT. This includes provisions to speed up prescription drug and medical device approval to […]
Is Information Blocking Happening with Your Health IT Systems?
Starting April 5th, 2021, the ONC’s Cures Act Final Rule prohibits most types of information blocking involving electronic health information (EHI). This regulation’s primary goal is to improve patient access to their healthcare information through greater interoperability. Understanding what information blocking is and how you may be doing it unintentionally in your organization is the […]
4 Things to Know about the Information Blocking Rule
The Information Blocking Rule is part of the 21st Century Cures Act. This rule prevents health care providers and other actors from blocking or interfering with access to, exchanging, and using electronic health information. The rule will go into effect on April 5, 2021. Here are four things you need to know about the Information Blocking Rule. What […]
How the HITECH Act Revolutionized EHRs & Healthcare
HITECH Act, the ACA, and Ambulatory Care The forward-thinking Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act, signed into law in 2009, triggered a fundamental transformation in how the American healthcare industry serves its patients. Then the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), signed into law in 2010, dramatically changed how America experiences its healthcare services. […]