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Archive for September, 2009

Guarding Hearts Alliance – Protecting the quality in cardiac care


The Guarding Hearts Alliance is a group of more than 23000 cardiologists dedicated to preserve and protect the highest quality cardiac care available in America. This group strongly favors Medicare regulations and health care reform initiatives that put patient first in preserving access to quality cardiac care.

Cardiovascular disease takes lives of more American compared to cancer, accidents and diabetes combines. It is considered as Number One Killer in America, claiming 2,400 lives each day. “That number will continue to climb if currently proposed Medicare regulations or certain provisions within health care reform legislation are implemented,” said Warren Levy, M.D.,F.A.C.C., a Virginia-based cardiologist and a spokesperson for the alliance. “We are launching the Guarding Hearts Alliance to make sure that America’s heart patients are heard in Washington. We support the intention of recently proposed Medicare regulations, but we cannot stand by as proposals are adopted that will hurt patients and their access to the highest quality cardiac care possible. Our focus is on our patients and protecting the progress we’ve made in fighting heart disease.”

The group’s mission is to educate lawmakers and others about how proposed Medicare’s regulations and health care reforms. Administered through the Cardiology Advocacy Alliance, this group is vitally concerned about potential changes that could inadvertently endanger patient lives. Issues such as imaging equipment utilization rates and reimbursement fee schedules might sound like they would generate simple shifts in business practices, but they represent a real threat – restricting access to lifesaving technology that serves the range of rural Medicare recipients to privately insured urban residents alike.

Guarding Hearts Alliance wants Medicare Officials and Congress to consider following measures under this reform:

  • Support strong credentialing and accreditation programs to make certain that diagnostic equipment is used properly and cost-effectively.
  • Encourage the use of criteria to help physicians determine which tests are appropriate based on a patient’s symptoms and medical history.
  • Provide for disclosure of physician ownership in hospitals and imaging equipment to promote transparency.
  • Ensure patient safety through the creation of emergency care provisions and protocols at physician-owned facilities.

Guarding Hearts Alliance support Medicare Regulations and health care legislation that put the patient first i.e. making sure cardiac patients have access to the tests their doctors use to diagnose and treat their heart disease.

Source: http://www.GuardingHeartsAlliance.org

emPower pledges its support to Guarding Hearts Alliance in an effort to protect access to Quality Cardiac Care for all Americans

HIPAA Privacy Policies and Standards


Howdy Readers, I was just going through an interesting read on the internet which i wish to share with you all…

Why is the HIPAA Privacy Rule needed?

When it comes to individual health and medical data it can be collected, stored, analyzed and distributed in unprecedented quantities and put to diverse uses. Employers utilize health records to minimize their health care and workers compensation costs, as well as to identify employees who may be costly in the future. Payers not only use patient data for claims payment but also for utilization review, underwriting and coverage decisions.

Health care providers have a strong tradition of protecting private health and medical information. In today’s world, traditional method of data locked in filing cabinets is not enough.

Here some of the incidents that necessitated the passage of HIPAA standards and regulations

In Rapid City SID – A medical student took home copies of patients’ psychiatric records to work on a research project. He disposed of the material in the trash basket of a fast food restaurant. And that material was found and given to a newspaper reporter.

In Minneapolis MN – A university health facility sent emails to transplant recipients that revealed the names of hundreds of donors to whom confidentiality had been promised.

In Miami FL – Several hundred hospital workers browsed through the records of a famous patient that had recently come to the facility, even though few of them were actually involved in the case.

In Tampa FL – A county health department worker copied lists of HIV patients, distributed the information to his friends and sent the information to a local newspaper.


HIPAA Privacy Standards

The HIPAA Privacy rule covers national standards to protect individuals’ medical records and other personal health information and applies to health plans, health care and those health care providers that conduct certain health care transactions electronically.

The Privacy rule standards address the use and disclosure of individuals’ health information called “Protected Health Information” by organizations subject to the Privacy Rule – called “covered entities”, as well as standards for individuals’ privacy rights to understand and control how their health information is used. Major objective of privacy rule is to ensure that individual’s health information is properly protected while allowing the flow of health information needed to provide and promote high quality health care and to protect the public health.

We all think that Healthcare practices would be rest assured with Regulations, but these kind of discrepancies causes them a great deal of problems and penalties. Hence, they should enhance proper training and follow the strict guidelines of the federal regulation.

J.G.

Health Conferences in Sept. – Oct.


Health Conferences are the best place for knowledge and Networking.

Short Intro To emPower e-Learning.

emPower provides Regulatory Compliance solutions for hospitals and healthcare organizations through Learning Management System (LMS). Learning Management system is an excellent vehicle that lets you deliver, track and manage training/education.

emPower offers courses to stay in compliance with standards set by regulatory bodies such as HIPAA, OSHA, Joint Commission and Red Flags Rule etc. Our parent company Mediscribes, Inc. is a top notch medical transcription provider offering comprehensive medical transcription services and document management system to hospitals and physician practices.           

emPower and Mediscribes would be visible to you at various conferences in the month of September – October, 2009.

GEMMS User Group Conference Indianapolis, Indiana on September 16-18 2009. This conference addresses anyone who uses the GEMMS ONE system – physicians, administrative, clinical, practice management, and IT personnel to learn, network, and share information. At the conference you would find emPower and Mediscribes displaying their various products and solution – comprehensive Healthcare compliance solutions through Learning Management System covering HIPAA, OSHA, HR policies, Red Flags rule training packages, etc. Also, Mediscribes that deals with high end Medical Transcription service would displays its deep insights on web-based electronic medical transcription service for hospitals, clinics, individual and group practices and rehabilitation centers.

Another exciting conference followed in the next week would be MedAxiom conference in Monarch Beach, CA, September 23 – September 25, 2009. MedAxiom is one of the most valuable resources and a comprehensive subscription-based service provider for cardiology practices. MedAxiom conference keeps members informed of changing technologies, trends, strategies and best practices in cardiology-practice administration and service delivery. Cardioscribes is Mediscribes’ extended hand that aces in providing high quality Cardiology Transcription services; it delivers robust document management system that allows Cardiology practices to capitalize on their patient documentation. Cardioscribes ensures consolidated end-to-end transcription solution that lets you around 25 – 35% lower cost than what cardiology practices incurs.

emPower / Mediscribes would also be visiting 81st AHIMA Convention and Exhibit at Gaylord Texon Resort & Convention Center, Grapevine TX in the month of October 3-8, 2009.

AHIMA 2009 convention will feature education and networking opportunities to a wide spectrum of professionals, from entry-level to middle and senior management, and also in areas like information systems.

Cutting-edge technology that provides cost-effective and end to end solution to meet your medical transcription needs ensuring high quality standards. You would be pleased to see product presentation and live demos of all our e-learning solution – healthcare compliance training, HIPAA training, HR policies, Red Flags Rule regulation education, JCAHO and OSHA Training packages.

Last but not least – MGMA 2009 Annual Conference Denver in the month of October 11th – 14th 2009. MGMA’ 2009 Annual conference is the largest professional development and networking conference for medical practice administrators. The Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) 2009 Annual Conference will help you to know what’s going on with HEALTH CARE Reform and how it will impact your business in the near future. In addition to transcription service provided by Cardioscribes and Mediscribes also presents Health care practices with dictation and transcription work-flow systems, software development, EMR interface and voice recognition integration. Besides, this you could also find emPower elearning solutions with broad collection of e-learning, e-reference and blended learning that drive business results. Our online courses cover compliance solutions and Human resource policies effectively covering full range of business needs.

I’m really excited and look forward to meet so many people and companies. 

You could find me at Mediscribes / Cardioscribes / emPower exhibition booth.

Looking forward to see YOU there

J.G.

New evolution to Healthcare Learning


The future trend of e-learning method in medical education is greatly influenced by major trends in education industry i.e. (1) continuous change in Healthcare environment inclusive of advances in biomedical sciences and diagnoses & management of diseases, financing, organization, and delivery of health care services; (2) Adoption of emerging communication, simulation, and information technology in undergraduate, graduate, and continuing medical education; (3) Competency-based patient outcome oriented training.

With the new emerging technology in learning settings, we can make considerable improvement in the quality of medical education. We can employ revolutionary approach to impart training to doctors using cutting-edge e-learning technologies. Web-based learning including video clips, animated diagrams, medical images, etc. can be very effective way of learning for medical, health sciences, and dental students. The electronic information sources carry a significant value by providing rapid access. Medical databases that remains updated provide medical literature can be used for simple text based queries, or content-based visual queries. E-learning technology keeps busy clinicians abreast of recent advancements in their respective fields in an effective and less time consuming manner.

Learning Management system is an excellent vehicle that lets you deliver, track and manage training/education. Learning Management platform helps technologists and health care clinicians to streamline the process of continuing medical education activities. Pharmaceutical and medical industries are such where there is need to comply with very strict regulatory requirements. LMS allows consistent and timely access to standardized course offerings such as HIPAA, Sexual Harassment, Lockout-Tagout, OSHA, Red Flags rule etc.

J.G.

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