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Understanding HIPAA-Compliant Cloud Options for Health IT

HITInfrastructure Healthcare providers looking for HIPAA-compliant applications, storage, and networking options are increasingly turning to the cloud, which has quickly become a low-cost way to develop the complex infrastructure required to support a variety of critical organizational activities.   HIPAA-compliant cloud tools offer the healthcare industry many benefits including cost savings, remote file...


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Factors Behind the Adoption of School-based Telehealth

mHealthIntelligence Telehealth is changing how schools deliver healthcare services for both students and staff. Gone are the days when the school nurse would sit in a tiny room near the principal’s office, administering Band-Aids and aspirin and babysitting...

Enabling Providers to Use Truly HIPAA Compliant Email

HealthITSecurity As technology continues to evolve, healthcare organizations of all sizes are working to remain current in what they can offer to providers and patients while also keeping PHI secure. Covered entities now have various options of communication,...

What a Trump Presidency Means for Value-Based Care and the ACA

RevCycleIntelligence Love it or loathe it, the United States is headed for four years of drastic policy changes under a Donald Trump administration, giving lawmakers another good chance to repeal, replace, or revise the Affordable Care Act. The landmark healthcare...

Breakdown of Health IT Interoperability Standards, Organizations

HealthITInteroperability The federal government has put in motion a ten-year plan for establishing a nationwide learning health system made possible through incremental improvements to healthcare interoperability. Who could stand opposed to a healthcare system that ensures...

The Progress and Challenges of the Affordable Care Act

HealthPayerIntelligence Before the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) became law on March 23, 2010, the healthcare industry faced a number of obstacles particularly in terms of providing medical care and health insurance to many low-income families and...

How to Maximize Revenue with Improved Claims Denials Management

RevCycleIntelligence Claims denials may be a part of life for healthcare revenue cycle managers, but a prevention-focused denials management strategy may be able to significantly reduce the number of times billing staff are faced with unpaid claims. Recent healthcare...

Telehealth Reimbursement and Its Interstate Licensure Problem

mHealthIntelligence Telehealth’s great promise lies in allowing a doctor to treat a patient no matter where each are located. One of the biggest challenges to that platform is licensing. A clinician must apply for a license in each state in which he or she...

How Data Encryption Benefits Data Security

HealthITSecurity As healthcare organizations continue to make the switch from physical to electronic records, implement EHRs, and connect to HIEs, healthcare data encryption options have also increased in popularity. This is when covered entities or business...

CMS Timelines for Stage 3 Meaningful Use, MACRA Implementation

RevCycleIntelligence For Medicare providers, CMS has set the pace for quality improvements and healthcare payment reform through Stage 3 Meaningful Use and the Quality Payment Program (under MACRA implementation). The programs are designed to put providers on track...

How mHealth Technology Supports Patient Engagement Strategies

PatientEngagementHIT mHealth is an important tool for improving patient engagement because so much of the technology is already consumer-facing. From fitness trackers and patient portals to smartphone apps and home monitoring equipment, mHealth permeates patients’...

How Medicare, Medicaid, and CHIP Guide the Health Payer Industry

HealthPayerIntelligence Medicare, Medicaid, and CHIP, the three major public insurance programs overseen by CMS, often set the tone for the large private health payer industry.  CMS is using all three programs to actively encourage the movement towards value-based...

How Evolving Healthcare Cybersecurity Threats Affect Providers

HealthITSecurity As healthcare providers work to implement the latest pieces of technology to improve patient care, the healthcare cybersecurity threats will also continue to evolve. Healthcare ransomware attacks, BYOD security, and healthcare data breaches continue...

Potential for Healthcare Kiosks in Improving Care Delivery

mHealthIntelligence Kiosks are all the rage in retail and service industries, but can healthcare kiosks make a difference for providers and patients? The simple answer is yes, if done right. They give healthcare providers a chance to collect data and automate tasks...

HIPAA Data Breaches: What Covered Entities Must Know

HealthITSecurity As more healthcare organizations implement new technologies, connect to health information exchanges, and adopt electronic health record technology, they are potentially exposing themselves to more online threats and potential HIPAA data breaches....

How Will MACRA Impact Patient Engagement, Care Coordination?

PatientEngagementHIT In 2015, Congress passed the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) with an overwhelming bipartisan majority. The complex piece of legislation has a number of  provisions, each of which affects different areas of the healthcare...

Understanding the Value-Based Reimbursement Model Landscape

RevCycleIntelligence In January 2015, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced that it intends to link half of all traditional Medicare payments to a value-based reimbursement model by the end of 2018.  The announcement, followed...

Potential for Healthcare APIs to Revolutionize the Industry

HealthITInteroperability Application programming interfaces (APIs) provide the means for one software program to access the services of another. Analogies abound for explaining how APIs work, but one that is particularly compelling is the wall socket analogy. Rather...

How Health Insurance Mergers Could Change the Payer Industry

HealthPayerIntelligence During the summer of 2015, Aetna and Humana, as well as Anthem and Cigna, started a merger process that would reduce four of the nation’s largest insurers down to just two. If the mergers are successful, only three payers would dominate...

How Nighttime Telehealth Services Can Improve Overnight Care

mHealthIntelligence In hospitals across the country, the image of the solitary doctor making midnight rounds is changing, thanks to telemedicine. That doctor now sits in front of a tablet, laptop or desktop computer, perhaps at home or even in another country. And...

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