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Apr 6, 2017 10:00:00 AM

Data Security Hygiene Practices for a Healthy Practice

One of the first words that come to mind when I think of medical care is hygiene. Let’s face it, poor hygiene practices in a healthcare provider’s facilities can cause major issues and possible loss of life. Consumers of healthcare services, trust that their provider is taking every precaution possible to protect them from disease or infections that can occur if proper hygiene is not practiced. 

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Topics: Healthcare, Data Security

Feb 24, 2017 9:00:00 AM

5 Key Takeaways From the ACLC/HIMSS17 Joint Conference

For the 1st time ever, HIMSS (the annual meeting place for all things health IT) and ACLC (Accountable Care Learning Collaborative) held a joint conference, in Orlando, Florida.  Suffice it to say it was a HUGE (no pun intended, Mr. President) event with over 40,000 (yes, 40K) attendees and 1,200+ exhibiting companies. 

The main topic—transforming healthcare. 

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Topics: Healthcare, ACLC, HIMSS, Repeal and Replace

Feb 17, 2017 10:00:00 AM

Let CMS Pay for Your MACRA and ACO Readiness Costs

Welcome to MACRA—the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act. MACRA represents the end of a long history of perpetually delayed Medicare physician fee schedule cuts that were to be automatically triggered under the punitive SGR formula absent Congress’ annual postponement ritual. After providing for a series of annual physician payment increases, MACRA’s reimbursement methodology transitions to a value-based model that includes two pathways—the Alternative Payment Model (“APM”) and the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (“MIPS”).

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Topics: Healthcare, MACRA, CMS

Jan 27, 2017 9:00:00 AM

HFMA Mid-South Institute 2017 Highlights

We’re gearing up for what’s in store in the healthcare arena in 2017 by attending HFMA’s Mid-South Institute. Attendees from Missouri, Arkansas, Mississippi, and Tennessee have gathered to learn of updates in healthcare and how to embrace for the year ahead. Here are a couple of themes that were reinforced during the conference:

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Topics: Healthcare, Electronic Health Records, Cybersecurity, HFMA

Dec 29, 2016 12:00:00 PM

Healthcare in 2016—May You Live in Interesting Times

Living in interesting times may be a blessing or a curse, but 2016 proves that it certainly isn't boring. Healthcare in the United States continues to evolve—sometimes very rapidly—and those guiding healthcare organizations have particular challenges ahead of them in the coming years.

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Topics: Healthcare

Oct 6, 2016 11:00:00 AM

Hacking Healthcare: How to Offensively Protect Healthcare Systems

This commentary originally appeared September 20 on the HORNE Cyber Blog.

A breach of a healthcare provider can have a serious impact, both in terms of financial loss and patient confidence. HIPAA violations can involve fines of up to $50,000 per patient record, and in many cases, attackers are able to access all of a provider’s patient records.

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Topics: Healthcare, Cybersecurity, Hacking

Jun 28, 2016 10:00:00 AM

10 Takeaways from the AHLA Annual Meeting

One of our favorite sessions at the AHLA Annual Meeting is the Year-in-Review by Jack Schroeder and Elizabeth Carder-Thompson. It is a great way to get caught up on a year’s worth of activity in health law in 120 minutes. Out of the volumes of information Jack and Elizabeth read to summarize for conference attendees, we found 10 pieces of information that were particularly interesting for our practice in these days of constant and rapid change. We felt these would be worth sharing:

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Topics: Healthcare, Mergers and Acquisitions, Cybersecurity

Jun 9, 2016 10:00:00 AM

The Value Added C-Suite

For the C-Suite to become value added, the C-Suite level executives must become value added leaders within the organization. Senior leadership must learn how to recruit, train, nurture, maintain and retain these value added individuals.  For an organization to do more than just survive – to succeed, it must anticipate its customers’ needs and adjust its direction and momentum so that it is providing what the customer needs in a timelier fashion than its competition. Becoming an anticipatory organization guided by visionary leader is essential for growth. 

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Topics: Healthcare, Leadership, C-Suite

May 18, 2016 2:00:00 PM

Future Trends—Threats or Opportunities?

Futurists identify hard trends and build prognostications around what will take place. They also use the identification of hard trends to seize opportunities in order to transform businesses. 

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Topics: Healthcare, Hard Trend, Opportunity

May 13, 2016 10:00:00 AM

The MACRA Proposed Rule Explained

CMS released a proposed rule on April 27th which specifically addresses the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and Alternative Payment Model (APM) Incentive as components under the Quality Payment Program. The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 repealed the Medicare sustainable growth rate over a year ago, but to date, the recently released proposed rule provides the most concrete guidance on the likely trajectory of physician payment under Medicare Part B for the next decade. While receiving such information is important and exciting for market participants, frankly CMS did not leave much time for physicians and health systems to consider this information, update strategic plans and execute accordingly. That’s because the first performance period begins in less than seven months on January 1, 2017.

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Topics: Healthcare, MACRA

May 5, 2016 11:00:00 AM

How to Determine ROI on Your Data Analytics System

The healthcare industry is in a state of constant change, and with change comes opportunity. With the passage of the ACA and MACRA, healthcare providers are, or will be, paid differently for their services. No longer can they rely upon the volume of services rendered to generate sustained income. With the transition from volume-based payments to value-based payments, many health systems are investing in data analytics platforms to help expose cost savings, as well as uncover hidden revenue. But is investing in data analytics worth the cost?

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Topics: Healthcare, Payment Models, ROI

Apr 22, 2016 10:00:00 AM

What Healthcare Organizations Need to Know to Combat Cybercrime

Cybersecurity is one of the biggest risks to healthcare organizations – regardless of size. Last year, some of the largest healthcare providers fell victim to data breaches affecting over 112 million records which is almost 35% of the U.S. population.  This year, many healthcare organizations have had their data held hostage by ransomware attacks, disrupting operations and in some cases requiring payments to regain system access.

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Topics: Healthcare, Electronic Health Records, Cybersecurity

Apr 14, 2016 2:00:00 PM

Provider-Based Advantage? Think Again!

Hospitals all over the country have explored strategies around alignment of outpatient services to create a more integrated approach with provider-based hospital departments. This arrangement is not only more cost effective, but also allows the provider to obtain higher reimbursement from Medicare under the Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) rather than the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule.

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Topics: Healthcare, AHLA, Provider-Based Status, Section 603