The Illinois Supreme Court recently ruled on a class action suit alleging the plaintiff’s biometric information collection practices violated the Illinois Biometric Privacy Act. What might this mean for healthcare providers or other entities that collect biometric information?
What if there were streamlined claims submissions, remittance, and payments for the provider with real-time determinations and claims adjudication for the payers?
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.
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.
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.
Assigning newborns temporary names at birth is a common practice for hospitals. As a result, a large volume of patients with similar identifiers could potentially result in duplicate records and increase the risk for sentinel events (e.g. circumcision performed on wrong patient).