Privacy laws designed to protect individuals with mental health or substance use disorders when HIPAA was first implemented now hinder the care and treatment of people with opioid addictions, according to a new Bipartisan Policy Center report.
A new white paper from AHIMA examines ICD-10-CM/PCS coding productivity from three different perspectives: where it’s been, where it stands now, and how it’s expected to evolve in the near and distant future.
As the United States competes with China to build 5G wireless networks—which enable medical advances such as remote surgery and enhance mobile and telehealth applications—federal regulators are not putting the proper protections in place to prevent cyberattacks, according to a former Federal Communications Commission (FCC) chairman.
The Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency workforce tasked with maintaining the cybersecurity of the country’s critical infrastructure industries—such as healthcare systems and banking—has been virtually halved due to government shutdown-related furloughs. Experts are concerned about what that could mean for the country’s cybersecurity readiness.
While neonatal abstinence syndrome is a serious condition, the lack of a standard clinical definition makes it difficult for providers to recognize the symptoms and accurately diagnose and treat newborns. If the syndrome is not recognized, and thus not documented, then the correct diagnosis code will not be assigned—which in turn impacts the state and national statistics regarding this syndrome.