To comply with an Affordable Care Act provision and a directive from the Trump Administration, hospitals are posting prices for procedures and services listed in their chargemaster in the name of price transparency, but the information is virtually unreadable to patients and leaves advocates and stakeholders questioning the wisdom of the requirement.
A senator’s letter to newly confirmed VA Assistant Secretary of Information and Technology and Chief Information Officer James Gfrerer expresses concerns regarding the agency’s health IT modernization efforts.
The first Legal eSoeaking post of 2019 takes a look at a recent decision from the Pennsylvania Supreme Court that addresses the question of “whether an employer has a legal duty to use reasonable care to safeguard its employees’ sensitive personal information that the employer stores on an internet-accessible system.” This decision offers a classic example of how the common law (judge-made law) can be used to establish rights and remedies to economic injuries allegedly caused by new technologies.
AHIMA’s federal affairs staff outlined AHIMA’s legislative and regulatory priorities for the 116th Congress in a webinar Wednesday, discussing what will and what will not change in light of demographic shifts in House and Senate leadership, as well as the implications of working with a divided government. The webinar also covered topics related to what is currently the third-longest government shutdown in Congressional history and its implications for HIM professionals.
As the coding profession has evolved tremendously, so too have the needs of coding professionals. Experienced coders need education and training tools that will elevate their skill set to match the needs of employers. Today, coders need to be clinically savvy to make intelligent decisions about the documentation.