A new pilot project from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will give physicians access at the point of care to Medicare claims data for new patients through Blue Button 2.0 data as well as third-party applications and EHRs data, via APIs.
Before Congress departed for the Fourth of July district work period last week, the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee overwhelmingly passed S. 1895, the Lower Health Care Costs Act out of committee. Since the beginning of this year, the Senate HELP Committee has held five hearings on how to reduce healthcare costs and four hearings to explore the rising cost of prescription drugs.
AHIMA co-hosted a congressional briefing on Monday to urge the Senate to support for the US House of Representatives’ recent repeal of a ban on the use of federal funds to adopt a nationwide unique patient identifier. Repealing this ban would allow collaboration between the US Department of Health and Human Services and the private sector to identify solutions for reducing medical errors and protecting patient privacy.
The location of AHIMA’s Assembly on Education Symposium/Faculty Development Institute has been relocated from the Sheraton Atlanta Hotel to the Marriott Marquis. The Sheraton has voluntarily closed until further notice due to cases of Legionnaires’ disease.
Ethical and compliant physician queries is the heart of clinical documentation improvement, and William Haik, MD, FACCP, CDIP, director of DRG Review, is concerned about an emerging ethical issue in the profession.
HIM professionals have worked diligently to protect data privacy and security during a time of digital transformation in healthcare. The unfortunate reality? Hackers have worked even harder to access that data. It’s a game of ‘cat and mouse,’ and regrettably, the mice (i.e., hackers) appear to have a competitive edge.