Sunday, February 9, 2014

Health Reform to 2014 and Beyond or Back to the Future

The More You Understand About the 2014 Changes,  The Better.

If you had not noticed.

I am retired from clinical practice, and  admit I miss seeing patients.  My career goals have changed as some of you have noticed.

During the last decade I became interested in health information technology and set out to communicate with fellow professionals.  Readers of Health Train Express and it's predecessor will see an evolution, beginning with electronic medical records, health information exchange, health reform, mobile health applications, remote monitoring, and telehealth. They all serve to integrate our health communications for providers and patients.

During the last 12 months I was diverted by the Affordable Care Act and  the promises of Accountable Care Act. The potential for these new paradigms are great, however the day to day activities of providers and hospitals will  increase their load, and without additonal reimbursements. Providers have been expected to make huge capital outlays for health IT, design,implement and use these new systems.  They are directed at reductions in reimbursements to allow the large growth in patient access.  i doubt whether there will ber an actual decrease in the gross outlays for health care.  However during the past two years there have been reports of a decrease in the rate of growth.

There are some key actions to implement changes:  These webinars are designed to address specific areas that will require action.

In the past decade there were some pre-paid and capitated models. The new paradigm is to approach payments connected to outcomes.  How they will be measured is open to great debate, and the subject should be addressed actively and with transparency before changes are made to avoid a catastophe such as the benefit exchanges.  Some of these issues may be addressed by a 'global fee to hospitals and providers and/or medical groups as part and parcel of integrated medical systems.

The webinar addresses objective information for non-acute providers,practice and clinics on how to prepare for 2014 changes to the CMS EHR Incentiviei Programs.

GEMS is a term which most providers are not familiar. CMS on it's web site offers these white papers. 

     The compressed zip files contain 3 white papers.
     The Dxgem file addresses specifics of conversion from ICD9 to ICD10.

MDs Everywhere's Vice-President of Development, Doug Salas explains the impact of 14,000 ICD codes expanding to 70,000 will have on documenting

HIPAA has been around since the mid 1990'. Providers have always known the standards of ehtical private confidentiality.  HIPAA was designed for others, institutions who deal with large amounts of patient health and financial data.  Penalties and fines are impressively high and the law has been enforced agains several large hospitals and other custodians of health records.

Recording and Archived:  (In case  you cannot attend the webinar at it's schedule time) At the time of registration you will receive a link and a date, which can be downloaded to an Outlook  .ics file.

All of the webinars will be archived for later viewing

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