CCPA, Does It Apply To Your Healthcare Business?

If you’re considering building a CCPA patient portal you must ask yourself: Is my patient engagement company CCPA compliant? If not, your business may be at risk. Discover exactly what CCPA is and if it applies to your healthcare business.  What is CCPA compliance? The California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) is a state statute intended […]

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What is Patient Engagement?

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

Propelled by the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the move towards fee-for-value care delivery models versus fee-for-service, chronic care management services (CCM) 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 is […]

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Is Skype® HIPAA Compliant?

Updated on June 5, 2020. Given the growing interest in video conferencing services for communicating with patients online, healthcare organizations often come to Bridge Patient Portal, a patient engagement vendor, with questions about the use of Skype® for telemedicine, and is Skype HIPAA Compliant? Here we will focus on two “types” of Skype: Consumer Skype® […]

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The Facts about HIPAA and Email/SMS Communication with Patients

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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Helpful Tips for a Smooth ICD-10 Transition

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?

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 Compliant Messaging While Communicating With Patients

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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