What is Patient Engagement?

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Since the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) launched the electronic health record (EHR) incentive program, Meaningful Use (MU), in 2011, the term patient engagement has become nearly ubiquitous in US healthcare policy discussions. It is now the driving concept behind CMS’s proposed financial reimbursement paradigm shift that focuses on a move from fee for […]

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New Sources of Revenue and Chronic Care Management Software Drive Care Coordinator Hiring

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Propelled by the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the move towards fee-for-value care delivery models versus fee-for-service, chronic care management (CCM) services have the potential to significantly reduce healthcare spending. Patients who have the education and training they need to manage their chronic illness will incur lower healthcare costs. The overall goal of CCM services […]

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Is Skype® HIPAA Compliant?

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Given the growing interest in video conferencing services for communicating with patients online, healthcare organizations often come to Bridge Patient Portal with questions about the use of Skype® for telemedicine, and whether the software meets HIPAA compliance standards. Though HIPAA doesn’t specifically mention the types of technologies that healthcare providers can use for video conferencing, […]

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Three Things About HIPAA That You Probably Didn’t Know

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More and more health organizations are implementing publicly-exposed web technologies containing Protected Health Information (PHI) which are subject to the laws of HIPAA. Common examples of such systems include Electronic Health Record (EHR), web portal, Patient Portal and mHealth solutions. When those systems become integrated, PHI must travel from one platform to the other – […]

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The Facts about HIPAA and Email/SMS Communication with Patients

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As more healthcare providers begin to use email and text (SMS) messaging to communicate with patients, concerns about the HIPAA Security Rule and how it applies to electronic messaging have increased as much as the confusion has. HIPAA law makes very few specific statements about what is and isn’t acceptable when it comes to electronic […]

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HIPAA and Healthcare Applications, Part 1 of 3: What You Need to Know About User Authentication

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Of the three main components of HIPAA — the Privacy Rule, the Security Rule, and the Breach Notification Rule — the Security Rule is one that is particularly relevant to health application development in the healthcare sphere. The majority of these applications, from patient portals to mhealth apps, store or transmit electronic Protected Health Information […]

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Meaningful Use: A Comprehensive Guide – Part IV: MACRA

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Given the time sensitive nature of the MACRA program, this article is out dated. Please refer to Bridge’s MACRA 101 article for more current explanation of the MACRA program and how it relates to a patient portal. As we head into the second half of 2016, it is difficult to talk about Meaningful Use without […]

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Helpful Tips for a Smooth ICD-10 Transition

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According to the World Health Organization, the change to the new ICD-10 system will make it easier for physicians to identify known diseases, and classify symptoms and procedures. However, many physicians and health practitioners aren’t sure if the benefits of the new system will outweigh all the trouble it will take to implement. But one […]

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Are You Ready for the June PQRS Deadline?

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Guest post by Frank Irving, Editor of Medical Practice Insider There’s an important deadline looming on June 30, 2015, the end of the reporting year for CMS’ Physician Quality Reporting System. Any practice with at least two doctors using the same tax ID has the option to declare by that deadline that they will report […]

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Don’t Breach HIPAA While Messaging & Texting Patients

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Secure messaging, video conferencing and social media are all useful communication tools for physicians in light of the accelerating digitization of the healthcare industry. Social media outlets, in particular, are a seductive alternative to traditional communication channels, such as email and telephone, as they allow users to be connected at a moment’s notice. Using services […]

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