In order to be fully prepared for the October 1, 2014, ICD-10 transition, you need to know exactly how ICD-10 will affect your practice. Although many people associate coding with submitting claims, in reality, ICD codes are used in a variety of processes within clinical practices, from registration and referrals to billing and payment. The following is a list of important questions to help you think through where you use ICD codes and how ICD-10 will affect your practice. By making a plan to address these areas now, you can make sure your practice is ready for the ICD-10 transition.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released Change Request (CR) 8358, Additional Data Reporting Requirements for Hospice Claims. The implementation date on the CR is January 6, 2014. There is, however, additional voluntary reporting and mandatory reporting dates which are outlined in this article.
Public Intelligence has published a joint release from the US Department of Homeland Security and Department of Justice cautioning government workers about the severity of malware threats on the Android platform. According to the government’s findings, 79% of mobile operating malware threats in 2012 took place on Android, compared to 0.3% on Windows Mobile. Thinking about buying a tablet for your home health or hospice workplace? Avoid any HIPAA violations by learning the facts about Android tablet devices, and consider a Windows Mobile device instead.
Microsoft has made no secret that support for Windows XP ends in less than a year -- April 8, 2014, to be precise. But a new initiative surfaced on the Microsoft Security blog last week to drive home the practical impact of that event. Microsoft says all Windows XP machines will be vulnerable to hackers and other security risks -- forever.