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Net Neutrality’s Impact on Interoperable Healthcare Solutions

Net Neutrality’s Impact on Interoperable Healthcare Solutions

Often the techspeak of Silicon Valley amounts to little more than overly complicated descriptions—jargon, designed to pique a reader’s interest in purchasing the latest gadget: “This next-generation hyper-notchifier (revision 6.u) is sure to make your clinic the envy of the hospital staff.” “Net neutrality” may be another combination of confusing words sure to make everyone …continue reading

Key Takeaways from the Affordable Care Act

Key Takeaways from the Affordable Care Act

It’s hard to believe that the Affordable Care Act (ACA), colloquially called Obamacare, was signed into law 6 years ago. Many have described it as the most important expansion in health coverage in the last 50 years, while others have deemed it the beginning of the end of American healthcare. Either way, it’s too early …continue reading

How Can The Open Payments Website Help Out Your Practice?

The Physician Payment Sunshine Act was implemented along with the Affordable Care Act (ACA) as a measure to ensure that finances within healthcare weren’t being abused. The act requires physicians to report certain transactions to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Once information has been submitted, physicians are still given a period of 45 …continue reading

Physician EMR Mandates in Massachusetts due to Lack of Adoption

TL;DR Physicians in Massachusetts lag behind in their adoption of new systems such as electronic health records, thus endangering their licenses. If concessions are not made Medicaid and Medicare penalties may be on the horizon for these physicians. New Physician Mandates New EMR Mandate: By 2015, thousands of Massachusetts physicians could lose their licenses. As …continue reading

Check if Your Practice is Violating HIPAA Results

TL;DR HIPAA covers healthcare providers such as doctors, psychologists, pharmacies, and clinics requiring them to act appropriately when handling patient’s healthcare information. Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act The passage of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) of 1996 was noteworthy because of its impact on the healthcare industry. The Simplification rules dictate …continue reading

The Praises and Critiques on the Status of the Affordable Care Act

During his State of the Union Address on Tuesday, January 28th, President Barack Obama briefly discussed the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and other aspects of the changing healthcare system. Many individuals were wary of how he would handle the topic. Would he discuss the flaws of the program or would he highlight its strengths? Apparently, …continue reading

Medicaid Reimbursements Increasing for Primary Care Physicians

Effective through 2014, Medicaid reimbursements for physicians providing primary care services will be increased to Medicare level. Through this mandate in Section 1201 of the Affordable Care Act, the payments given to physicians will increase, providing for Medicaid patients to receive better access to primary care. A patient’s overall health can be dependent on many …continue reading