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What is a HIPAA Business Associate Agreement (BAA)?

HealthITSecurity With the continued growth of healthcare data and a higher degree of interoperability between provider systems, HIPAA covered entities will need to form partnerships with other organizations to ensure the security of their data assets. These partnerships are known as business associate agreements (BAAs).    But what exactly are HIPAA business associates? Are they held to the same...


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Leveraging Group Purchasing for Hospital Supply Chain Management

RevCycleIntelligence Good things may come in small packages, but hospitals and health systems on the smaller end of the spectrum oftentimes face higher hospital supply chain costs because of their size. Larger hospitals and health systems tend to have more power...

Patient Engagement Strategies for Post-Discharge Follow-Up Care

PatientEngagementHIT Follow-up care after the discharge process is an important part of improving patient outcomes. In order to successfully guide patients through their recovery, providers must employ the same patient engagement strategies that have been proven...

Utilizing Cloud Computing for Stronger Healthcare Data Security

HealthITSecurity As healthcare providers continue to make the switch to digital records and implement EHR capabilities, being able to store information offsite is becoming more important. The digital data also likely needs to remain accessible from multiple locations,...

mHealth Games Offer a ‘Fun’ Way to Boost Patient Engagement

mHealthIntelligence mHealth games and gaming technology have the potential to improve patient engagement and boost clinical outcomes – if only people would take them seriously. “The word ‘game’ has always been a serious barrier,” says...

Best Practices for Value-Based Purchasing Implementation

RevCycleIntelligence The value-based purchasing boat is leaving the dock and providers can either choose to board and shift their care delivery and reimbursement methods to align with the push for value or be left behind. Value-based purchasing made a splash as part...

Can Application Programming Interfaces Inspire a Better EHR?

HealthITAnalytics Almost everybody can recall being told the stories of Archimedes in the bath and Isaac Newton under the apple tree experiencing spontaneous moments of ingenuity and inspiration that irrevocably changed how scientists – and everyone who...

The Evolving Role of mHealth in Medication Management and Adherence

mHealthIntelligence mHealth offers many unique methods for helping patients take their medicine. And with a healthcare industry seeing non-adherence rates of as high as 50 percent and annual costs of between $100 billion and $300 billion, doctors are taking notice....

Top Strategies for Collecting Patient Financial Responsibility

PatientEngagementHIT Patient financial responsibility – or the amount of out-of-pocket healthcare costs patients incur – has been increasing in recent years, presenting a new foil to the patient experience. Providers must both adjust to consumer-centered...

Data Security Considerations in Healthcare Interoperability

HealthITSecurity While more healthcare organizations are utilizing electronic health records (EHRs) and adding to the increase in healthcare interoperability finding a health IT option that provides better patient care and keeps PHI secure is not always easy....

Understanding the Quality Payment Program’s Advanced APM Track

RevCycleIntelligence From bundled payments to accountable care organizations, alternative payment models (APMs) are not new to healthcare providers. But the final MACRA implementation rule created a new subset of Advanced APMs, which could bring providers more revenue...

Improving Clinical Data Integrity through EHR Documentation

EHRIntelligence Findings from a recent EHR usability study conducted by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) once brought to the fore the problem of clinical documentation in the digital age of healthcare. The study of EHR use, particularly...

Implementing Cybersecurity Frameworks in Healthcare Settings

HealthITSecurity Cybersecurity is no longer a topic that healthcare organizations can ignore, especially with covered entities working toward interoperability, implementing connected medical devices, and utilizing EHRs. There are several cybersecurity frameworks...

Judy Faulkner: Epic is Changing the Big Data, Interoperability Game

HealthITAnalytics In the flashy, crowded, dizzyingly large vendor halls at the annual HIMSS Conference and Exhibition, attendees tend to find their way around by using some of the biggest, tallest, or most unique booths as a compass.  A left at Cerner; a...

How Do Patient Portals and Personal Health Records Differ?

PatientEngagementHIT Patient portals and personal health records (PHRs) have both received considerable praise for their role in increasing patient engagement. However, distinguishing between the two forms of health IT tools can often be difficult, due to nebulous...

Examining the Rocky Road to Telehealth Parity

mHealthIntelligence Telehealth advocates have long argued that online and digital healthcare should be treated the same as in-person healthcare. But the call for parity isn’t so simple. Parity in telehealth is approached on two levels: Service and payment....

How FDA Medical Device Cybersecurity Guidance Affects Providers

HealthITSecurity With the continued push for interoperability and integration of EHRs into daily use, connected medical devices are quickly becoming more common tools for healthcare providers. However, similar to the way computer networks and systems can become...

Health Information Governance Strategies for Unstructured Data

HealthITAnalytics While electronic health records still have the potential to standardize care by enabling advanced analytics and informing clinical decision-making, much of the data held within these systems – and a large proportion of the data used in...

Exploring Two-Sided Financial Risk in Alternative Payment Models

RevCycleIntelligence As value-based care becomes the name of the game in healthcare, public and private payers are pushing providers to take on more financial accountability for their services through alternative payment models. In a fee-for-service world, providers...

21st Century Cures Act Rekindles Information Blocking Debate

HealthITAnalytics While primarily billed as a much-needed influx of funding for precision medicine, the 21st Century Cures Act is poised to do much more for healthcare than it appears on the surface. In addition to adjusting drug development rules for pharmaceutical...

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