Last week Amazon announced that six healthcare companies and providers are teaming up with them to leverage a new ‘skill’ that would allow patients to access some of their health information by simply talking to their Alexa-enabled devices. Learn more about it in this blog.
In the beginning of November, the CMS (The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services) finalized their MACRA rules for reporting on data in 2018. The changes to these rules are affecting healthcare organizations across the nation as they are scrambling to get prepared. With less than 60 days til the first of 2018, healthcare clinics and practices are ensuring they have what they need for accurate reporting measurements.
On Wednesday, September 20, the CMS published an RFI requesting feedback "on a new direction to promote patient-centered care and test market-driven reforms that empower beneficiaries as consumers, provide price transparency, increase choices and competition to drive quality, reduce costs, and improve outcomes." Wait. That sounds very familiar, doesn't it? Isn't this what the Affordable Care Act, Meaningful Use, PQRS, MIPS, and a number of other initiatives have tried (or are still trying) to accomplish?
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It seems that every day you’re hearing of a new cyber-attack to hit a large company. These cyber-attacks are happening frequently in healthcare databases too, resulting in your information being held in a ransomware’s data encryption. This malware will prevent organizations from being able to enter specific parts of their system. The ransomware typically works one of two ways. It either works to prevent you from accessing important data or encrypts it entirely, jeopardizing your data security. How do you then get your data back? Fork over your wallet… and that’s not even a guarantee that you will see your data again.
For years, healthcare’s financial incentive framework has been based on a fee-for-service model. This means that providers and hospitals are paid based on the number of healthcare services they provide. A higher volume of tests or procedures results in greater payments to the entities that provide them. The seemingly important element that is left out of this equation is whether the patient, who is being subjected to these tests and procedures, is experiencing improved health.
Focusing on the quality of healthcare you/your organization provides is extremely important. There has been a lot of buzz around the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) this year. “What is MIPS? How do we maximize our incentives? Who can help us?” are just a few of the common questions we have run into. Dedicating 100% of your attention to patient-centered needs is possible with the right technology.
The Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) has been in place for over 4 months now. It consolidated and improved Meaningful Use, PQRS, and VBPM and added some new Improvement Activities to your to-do list. By all accounts, it's a better system that will hopefully improve the healthcare we receive across the nation. But that doesn’t mean it hasn’t been a lot of work!
Googling the phrase “Clinical Data Capture” leads to an entire page of results dedicated to “Electronic Data Capture” for clinical trials. There is a vast number of articles and vendors that suggest they cover the existing challenges, technologies and innovations happening this area. But is this really true?