The pMD Blog

Welcome to the
pMD Blog...

where we cover interesting and relevant news, insights, events, and more related to the health care industry and pMD. Most importantly, this blog is a fun, engaging way to learn about developments in an ever-changing field that is heavily influenced by technology.

This week in health care: Patient Record Guidelines, ACO Interoperability, Telehealth Survey


Here's What You May or May Not Have Missed This Week:


• The Obama administration issued new guidelines that will make it easier for patients to access their own medical records. Under the guidelines, doctors and hospitals cannot require patients to state a reason for requesting their records, and cannot deny access out of a general concern that patients might be upset by the information. A health care provider cannot require patients to pick up their records in person nor deny a request for access to health information because a patient has failed to pay medical bills. A doctor or a hospital may charge a fee to cover the cost of copying, but cannot charge for the cost of searching for data and retrieving it. Source

• Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) reported that the lack of interoperability between many of their health information technology systems and those of providers outside their ACO is the number 1 challenge they face. ACOs need to manage entire patient populations also requires that they integrate data from many of these disparate systems. CMS set a target for 2016 that Medicare should use ACOs or other new payment methods for 30 percent of its spending outside of managed care. Source

• The American Academy of Family Physicians published the results of a telemedicine usage survey, finding that only 15 percent of family physicians actually reported using telehealth services in the past 12 months. While 78 percent of respondents reported that telehealth improves access to care, the study shows the disconnect between support for telehealth and actual use of telehealth technologies. Source

On The Front Lines:


Apple fell ever so slightly this week by 0.02 percent in the mobile device wars among pMD's physicians users. Information surfaced recently about Google's $1 billion payment to Apple in 2014 to remain the default search engine on iOS. When a user opens the mobile Safari app on iOS and enters a search into the address bar, the search field by default is linked to Google’s search engine.


FINAL RESULTS:


iOS: 90.63%
Android: 9.37%

Each Friday, Signor Goat reports the latest from the week in health care alongside the front lines of the iOS-Android wars among pMD's physician charge capture users. Check back next Friday for your dose of our little medical corner of health care news.
5G ACA Account Management accurate coding ACI adoption Advancing Care Information Advice AHCA AHRQ AI Alternative Payment Model Amazon S3 Android API Apple appointment reminders Artificial Intelligence arts Audit Award Bay Area BCRA Benefits Best Place to Work Best Practices Big Data Billing Billing & Collections Billing Service Billing Services bootcamp BPCI BPTW Bundled Payment Model Bundled Payments Business relationships Care Communities care coordination Care Navigation Care Team Career Fair CDC Charge Capture Charge Capture App Charge Capture Software Charge Capture Solution Charge Capture Statistics Charge codes Charge Lag Charge Reconciliation CHIP CIO Claims Clinical Communication clinical data Clinical Data Registry Clinically integrated network Cloud CMS cms regulations Coding Collaboration Communication Company Culture Conferences Connected Health Record contact practice Coronavirus COVID COVID-19 COVID19 Cross-functional culture custom reports Customer Interaction customer relations customer service customer success customer support Customers Cyber Security cybersecurity Developer DHHS Diagnosis codes Dialysis discharge instructions Doctor EHR elderly Electronic Charge Capture Eligibility EMR Encryption End-to-End Platform epidemic Expansion FDA FHIR Flu fundamentals Gen Z GI GI Outlook Goals group messaging Health Care Health Care Technology Health Care Web Health Care. Health Care IT health data Health Information Exchange Health Record Healthcare Healthcare Data healthcare interface healthcare interface integration healthcare software HIE HIPAA HIPAA Compliance hipaa compliant communication hipaa compliant communication platform HIPAA-Compliant Hiring HL7 Holidays Home dialysis Home Health Hospital Census Hospital Communication humanity IA ICD-10 ICD-11 Immunizations Implementation Improvement Activities in-app calling inclusive software incorrect billing increase revenue injury rehabilitation innacurate coding Instant capture Integration interface interoperability iOS iOS 8 iOS7 iPad iPhone iPhone 6 IT Lead Generation length of stay LGBTQIA Long Term Care LTC Machine learning MACRA Medaxiom Medical Billers Medical Billing Medical Billing & Collections medical billing denials and solutions Medical claims Medical Coding medical coding accuracy medical coding quality Medical Errors medical practice revenue Medical Record Medical Software Medicare Mental Health Mentorship Messaging Messaging with Patients MGMA MIPS MIPS Registry mobile Mobile App Mobile Charge Capture Mobile EHR Mobile Health Mobile Messaging Mobile Payments Mobile security Mobile Software Mobile Technology Mobile telehealth Modern Healthcare Native App natural language processing Network new feature new features news NIH nlp OCM onboarding Oncology Care Model operations opioid crisis Pandemic Parenting Partnership partnerships Patient Patient access Patient Adherence Patient App Patient Care Patient Chat Patient chat routers Patient Communication patient data Patient Engagement patient experience patient experience cycle Patient Generated Health Data Patient Handoff Software Patient Information Patient Messaging Patient payments patient portal Patient Record Patient Safety Patient satisfaction Patient Simulators patient support Patient Visits Patient-Centric PCP Performance bonus PHI Phishing Scams Physician Physician burnout pmd pMD Pro pMD Team population health Population Health Management Post-COVID PQRS Practice Management Pregnancy Press Release Product Development Productivity products Promoting Interoperability Protected Health Information QCDR QPP Quality Data quality reporting Quality Scoring Ransomware RCM Recruiting Recruitment Reimbursement remote jobs Remote Work Reporting reports Residents Responsibility revenue cycle management ROI Rural communities Ryuk Sales Secure Communication Secure Data Secure Messaging Secure Messaging Video Secure Text Messaging Secure Video Secure Video Chat Security Audit self care seniors sexual orientation and gender identity SF Biz Times SMB SNF SNOMED-CT SOC 2 software vendor SOGI Spear Phishing Specialty Care success support TCM TDM Team Team culture Teamwork technology telehealth telehealth reporting Telemedicine telemedicine in long term care Telemedicine skilled nursing facilities Teletherapy Text Messaging texting Thanksgiving Therapeutic Drug Monitoring time-based billing training transgender Travel Upgrades UX Design VA vaccination records vaccinations Vaccine Value-based care Video Calling Video chat video communication video conferencing Virtual Care Virtual Visit voice calling voice memos WannaCry Wearable Device wearing many hats Web App wellness wfh Wireless Work From Home Work Life Balance Workflow optimization Workplace Culture