The following is a guest contributed post from Bonnie Cassidy, Senior Director of HIM Innovation and Nuance Communications.
In its latest news, CMS announced that Oct. 1, 2015 is the ‘new’ final ICD-10 compliance date. “ICD-10 codes will provide better support for patient care, and improve disease management, quality measurement and analytics,” argues CMS in its July 31 announcement. I could not agree more!
My advice is stay positive, nimble and be wise by reading between the lines. Much has been said about the politics and jockeying of groups behind the scenes, lobbying either for or against ICD-10. That’s not going to change. Our current administration in Washington, DC has been riddled with constant criticism and commentary scandals and may view the transition to ICD-10 as risky. All healthcare providers must be proactive and plan for ICD-10 compliance, while also being agile enough in their planning to realize that another course correction may lie ahead.
Posted in Regulation, Technology
Currently there are over 100,000 mHealth apps available for immediate download. The apps range from managing general health and fitness, to monitoring and recording vitals. While mHealth apps are designed to be preventative, proactive, and even utilized for treatment and care, only 1 out of every 1,000 mHealth apps has been approved by the FDA.
This is not to say that an app lacking approval is not going to help individuals to achieve their health goals, just that their claims have not been verified. What consumers must keep in mind, is that just because an app is placed on a reputable mobile or online store such as iTunes that iTunes makes no efforts to verify the validity of mHealth apps.
Posted in mHealth, mHealth news, Regulation
It’s been quite an eventful year for mobile marketing.
Last fall, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) began enforcing a strict new set of rules governing marketing calls and text messages directed at consumers on their mobile phones.
New provisions in the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) introduced these tighter restrictions on mobile marketing and mobile messaging.
Posted in Healthcare, Regulation, Technology
The Telecommunications Industry Association recently stepped forward to put pressure on federal regulators to work on cultivating EHR certification guidelines for meaningful use that are more accommodating of mHealth.
The TIA wants the voluntary guidelines to be less than ridged so encourage the delivery of “healthcare in motion, virtually anywhere and at any time.”
Posted in mHealth, mHealth news, Regulation
In the last round of bills to pass through Congress, we saw a slate of healthcare reform acts, as well as a stimulus package, which was designed to help jumpstart President Obama’s efforts to encourage for more affordable healthcare.
One of the provisions introduced in an aforementioned bill calls for new HIPAA regulations and advanced security protocols for patient information. These regulations significantly impact the ways that technology companies have been developing apps and software for hospitals and doctors’ offices.
Posted in mHealth, Patient privacy, Regulation, Security
Last week, The U.S. Food and Drug Administration published a final rule in the Federal Register which requires that both device makers and importers document negative event reports for medical devices electronically.
“Upon the effective date of this final rule, manufacturers and importers are required to submit MDRs to the Agency in an electronic format that FDA can process, review, and archive,” the FDA announced.
The new rule formally takes effect August 14th, 2015.
Posted in Regulation
While October 1, 2014 may sound like it is a long time away, healthcare providers have the daunting task of transitioning from ICD-9 to ICD-10. The transition is a long and involved process, which will require a significant amount of planning, preparation, and employee hours to ensure that a practice is ready by the deadline.
Last week, the team at iPatientCare, a pioneer in mHealth and cloud-based ambulatory EHR solutions, announced its “readiness” for the transition to ICD-10.
All HIPAA-covered healthcare entities are required to switch to the new code set by October 1, meaning that their EHR software and medical billing systems must be compliant. Any claims submitted with ICD-9 codes for services provided on or after the October compliance deadline will not be paid.
Posted in Healthcare IT, Regulation