There’s no doubt that mobile healthcare—often referred to as mHealth—has the ability to transform healthcare as we know it. Mobile health technology, such as mobile phones, patient monitoring devices, tablets, and other wireless devices allow physicians to make decisions quickly at the point of care. These devices are revolutionizing the way in which physicians diagnose, treat, and communicate with patients.
Clinical, Financial and Administrative Insights For Physicians
In all the upheaval about dropped insurance and online healthcare markets, one piece of the Affordable Care Act that impacts healthcare providers may have been lost. Section 1104 of the ACA, which is also called the Administrative Simplification section, lays out some rules about the insurance adjudication process that are important for providers of all sizes to understand. Deadlines for compliance began on January 1, 2013, though some rules require effective dates of January 1, 2016.
Just when you think your office is working well with your new EMR system in place, ICD-10 comes along and starts to put you into a panic. Are you prepared for the changes that will take place when ICD-10 actually becomes a reality and a requirement? Being unprepared will cost your practice a lot of money. As with any big change in medical coding, preparation ahead of time is the key to ensure that your staff is ready to handle all of the new requirements. Even though ICD-10 won't go into effect until October 2014, there are many steps you need to be taking now to be sure every piece of your EMR puzzle is in place.
One of the most common complaints physicians have about electronic medical records is the difficulty of balancing using the EMR and patient interaction. If you're like most physicians, you entered into your profession because of your desire to help other people. Regardless of the age group you work with on a day to day basis, patient interaction has always been high on your priority list. While EMR has proven successful in making your practice more efficient, the challenge of continuing to give your patients the personal attention they need from you still exists. However, by making a few small changes to your encounters with your patients, you can still maintain your interaction with them while successfully using your EMR system.
Electronic medical records have come a long way since physician Lawrence L. Weed first conceived of the concept in the 1960s. Actually, the healthcare industry was one of the last industries to embrace a computerized way of keeping records. Even when it began to catch on, many physicians resisted making the change from paper charts and hand-written notes. Instead, they focused on their billing and patient registration departments, and utilized electronic systems in those areas initially.