A very highly anticipated HIPAA change by the OCR is anticipated to go into effect this year, which is good news for patients and healthcare practices. It’s predicted to secure HIPAA notification rules, which will aim to keep patient healthcare information even more secure. It is up to healthcare practices to learn and regulate this system to best keep their patients’ private, personal information as safe as possible.
Healthcare professionals deal with sensitive patient information on a daily basis. Under the Federal HIPAA guidelines, it is the duty of medical professionals to keep patient information and records secure. In the modern age of technology, however, keeping electronic health records protected takes a concerted effort.
All medical providers are preparing to switch their billing practices from ICD-9 coding to ICD-10 as mandated by the Health Insurance Portability Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPPA). The change is to take place on after October 1, 2014.
The US Dept. of Health and Human Services has directed the supplanting of the ICD-9-CM code sets, those currently utilized by physicians, medical billers and coders to report healthcare procedures and diagnoses, with ICD-10 codes. Implementation is to be effected after October 1, 2014. Its implementation will impact and completely change the current coding system. It will necessitate a huge amount of effort to implement, and it isn't going to go away. Individual and organizational health providers need to get on board with training if they expect to get paid for their services after October 1, 2014.