Technology

Using Technology and Innovation for a New Model of Mental Health Treatment

The cry of a “mental-health crisis” is heard all across the land—but who shouts the loudest, patients, payers or providers? Treatment of mental health means different things to different people. Providers want to evaluate properly, but an in-depth diagnosis during an office visit takes time in an already crowded day. Payers see their largest expense of mental-health dwarf other medical ...

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Personalized Medicine in the Era of Genomics

  By Michael A. Nasiak, Xiangning Chen, Ging Wu, Mira Han, Justin Zhan, Jingchun Chen, Jenica L. Abrudan & Martin R. Schiller Already, elements of genomics are being incorporated into standards of care, while continued consumer-driven marketing tactics have been successful in capturing the imagination of the public seeking its potential. Our patients have therefore become acutely aware that their ...

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Can Precision Cancer Treatment Change the Cancer Treatment Conversation?

Earlier this year the US Senate voted (98-2) to permanently repeal the highly criticized Medicare Part B Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) reimbursement formula and passed the “Medical Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015” creating a new, pay-for-performance oriented Medicare reimbursements program. The program, called the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), will have a significant effect on reimbursement. Not long ago, ...

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Are You Ready for Performance-Based Medicare Reimbursements?

Earlier this year the US Senate voted (98-2) to permanently repeal the highly criticized Medicare Part B Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) reimbursement formula and passed the “Medical Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015” creating a new, pay-for-performance oriented Medicare reimbursements program. The program, called the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), will have a significant effect on reimbursement. What will be ...

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IS YOUR PRACTICE READY FOR EMV?

The evolution of EMV technology is something that will impact every business that accepts payment cards. EMV (which stands for the original founders Europay, MasterCard and Visa) is a global card security standard that has been widely adopted outside the United States to combat counterfeit cards and fraud. The United States is in the process of migrating from traditional magnetic ...

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CUSTOM VS. OVER THE COUNTER ORTHOTICS

By Steven Lebow, Pedorthist When should a physician be prescribing an over the counter orthotic verse a customer orthotic to assist with alleviating foot, knee, hip or back pain? As a Pedorthist I am often approached by people stating that they have purchased custom orthotics from their doctor only to wear the orthotics once or twice and put them in ...

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KEY BENEFITS OF MEDICAL RECORDS SCANNING

There are many benefits associated with the digitization of paper medical records. Whether or not your organization is using or considering a term purchase of an EMR (Electronic Medical Record) System, DMS (Document Management System) or just looking to clear up some valuable space currently being over-run with boxes of old documents, the digitization of your paper records is a ...

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RED ALERT: 3 HAZARD SIGNS AHEAD WHEN IT COMES TO HANDLING PERSONAL DATA

Winds are driving significant considerations for all organizations that handle personally identifiable information (PII) and protected health information (PHI). At CSR, we know how easy it is for an organization to lose data that must be protected. All it takes is a lost laptop, smart phone or USB drive with sensitive data -just some of dangers surrounding portable technology. Malware ...

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DATA PROTECTION LAWS ARE GLOBAL AND ENFORCED

Every one of us in the payment space knows that data protection and regulation is central to all we do. There is no one in the industry that is not familiar with the PCI DSS at this point. Whether you are in favor of this or not, whether you believe in it or not, the simple truth is that data ...

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THE TRUE COST OF A HIPAA BREACH

Another week, another data breach. On September 10th, healthcare behemothKaiser Permanente sent out a letter to 670 patients, notifying them that their PHI had been impermissibly emailed out of network. But in light of all these recent data breaches and security failures, one might ask, “who cares?” If fixing the issue is as simple as writing an apology letter like ...

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