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Improved Patient Outcomes and Stabilized Practice Revenue

Since I founded Meridian Medical Practice Solutions, I have been searching for a means to increase or diversify the revenue base of our physician members. The greatest challenge in doing so comes down to a few common denominators; integration and utilization. There are plenty of treatment devices, alternative therapies, and so on, however the learning curve, paradigm shift, or outright cost of entry typically creates a burden that is simply beyond the bandwidth the physician or group may have available.

Finally, through the Novus Healthcare platform, I have found a means to enable our physicians to maximize their accumulated patient base, increase the level of care and patient satisfaction through their in-home assessments, and get back to their true love and focus- the delivery of care. The marriage they said didn’t exist, improved patient outcome and increased reimbursement for the physician, all while maximizing their time in the treatment room, is now here. In today’s Healthcare environment, a greater asset to the practice has yet to come forth.

 

Charles Tramont
CEO
Meridian Medical Practice Solutions

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    Red Alert: Three Hazard Signs When It Comes To Handling Personal Data

Red Alert: Three Hazard Signs When It Comes To Handling Personal Data

At CSR, we know how easy it is for an organization to lose data that must be protected. All it takes is a lost laptop, smart phone or USB drive with sensitive data -just some of dangers surrounding portable technology.  Malware attacks also result in breaches that, as privacy professionals, CSR reports to authorities for clients of the CSR Breach Reporting ToolKit™ solution.

One of our end users, a tattoo parlor, is a documented case study. A saddlebag containing credit card receipts and protected health information (PHI) fell off a motorcycle on a trip to the bank. Clearly, losing personally identifiable (PII) or PHI can happen all too easily to any business.

Identity theft is the #1 complaint of consumers contacting the FTC

All organizations must develop a process to identify sensitive data, and put in place policies, procedures and training to achieve those ends. Courts, legislators and regulators are addressing data privacy with a goal to tighten rules in favor of the rights of the impacted individual. Here is a look at just three developments that will impact organizational privacy issues. The first two affect all organizations that handle PII and the third affects health care providers and their business associates.

Recent court actions:

 

If recent U.S. court rulings are any indication, we may see increased penalties for organizations that lose the personal data of their customers and employees.

State legislation regarding protection of PII:

States are passing data protection legislation requiring organizations to be proactive in protecting PII. Currently, at least seven states have legislated that organizations handling personally identifiable information must safeguard PII.  Massachusetts and Oregon legislation provide detailed guidance.

HIPAA/HITECH Final Rule:

The recent HIPAA/HITECH rules increase the noncompliance penalties for covered entities (health care providers), business associates and […]

Healthcare Reform: The physician’s perspective…

With the plethora of sweeping changes taking shape upon the landscape of healthcare reform, physicians by and large admit they are as confused as they are misinformed if not uninformed on the impending developments expected.  As advocates for, and stakeholders in this effort, physicians are overwhelmed with their current existing time constraints of treating patients compounded against the backdrop of running their busy practices to get up to speed. However, as challenging as the effort is, they have little to no choice given the effects upon them, their current patient base and their future prospective patients added to this.

The growing red flags for the finances of physicians’ practices as well as their patients who rely upon their doctor for information only complicates these matters exponentially. Patients no doubt will expect their doctors to understand how all of this will function and effect them as well. Sadly the critical lack of awareness among both physicians and patients is as disturbing as it is daunting.

What is the enrollment time deadline? Will it be met?

How will insurance policies purchased on the state exchanges, a pillar in healthcare reform laws, affect patients versus physicians’ business?

What are the coverage terms for patients, including cancellation and grace periods?

How will the new claims process work?

What will the contracted rates with payers in the exchanges be?

These are but a few, as a small sampling only, of the many more questions that physicians and patients must get their arms around immediately. Any one of these unanswered questions is more than enough to effect their patients, themselves, their offices and their personal finances.

Novus Healthcare, as portal of services and information, is here to assist you.