BREAKING NEWS! CMS TO REBRAND MEANINGFUL USE PROGRAM WITH NEW EMPHASIS ON INTEROPERABILITY, BURDEN REDUCTION

BREAKING NEWS! CMS TO REBRAND MEANINGFUL USE PROGRAM WITH NEW EMPHASIS ON INTEROPERABILITY, BURDEN REDUCTION

In a rule released this week (April 24), the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced its intention to overhaul the Meaningful Use program. In a press release, the federal agency said that it will be proposing to re-name the Meaningful Use program to “Promoting Interoperability.” CMS said the goals of the new program will be to: make it more flexible and less burdensome; emphasize measures that require the exchange of health information between providers and patients, and incentivize providers to make it easier for patients to obtain their medical records electronically. ......
IDENTITY THEFT: THE NEW TARGETS! PROTECT YOUR PRACTICE, PATIENTS, AND FAMILY

IDENTITY THEFT: THE NEW TARGETS! PROTECT YOUR PRACTICE, PATIENTS, AND FAMILY

Every minute about 19 people fall victim to identity theft. The Federal Trade Commission reported in 2015 that identity theft has been the #1 reported crime for 15 years in a row. It continues to be the fastest growing crime in America. Whether using somebody's social security number to open new accounts or illegally hacking into a bank account, all forms of identity theft can be serious and have different outcomes. Identity theft is not a new problem, but because so much of our personal information is stored electronically these days, this crime is happening more often, especially to children. Currently, the fastest growing segment of victims is children. Today, identity theft encompasses more than credit cards and financial accounts. Tax identity theft claims more victims each year. Medical identity theft is another serious and growing problem – for both the patient and the providers. Whether your personal, financial, medical, tax, or child’s information has been stolen, correcting the problem is costly, time-consuming, and stressful. ......
IS YOUR OFFICE EMBEZZLE-PROOF? HOW TO GUARD AGAINST EMBEZZLEMENT

IS YOUR OFFICE EMBEZZLE-PROOF? HOW TO GUARD AGAINST EMBEZZLEMENT

You practice dentistry because you enjoy helping patients. At the same time, you went into business to make a profit. What happens when you discover that a trusted employee is stealing your profits? Think it cannot happen to you? Think again…no one is immune! In this article you will learn to recognize the profiles and modus operandi of embezzlers, safeguards you can implement to protect your practice from being an easy target, as well as what to do if you discover that you are a victim of embezzlement. ......