AHIMA, MGMA Call for Disclosure-Rule Revisions

Two influential associations of healthcare professionals are calling on HHS to revise a proposed rule that would expand patients’ rights to find out who has viewed their medical records.

The American Health Information Management Association and the Medical Group Management Association both assert that provisions of the proposed rule could create a significant burden on the providers that would have to assemble reports charting who had accessed patients’ records.

On May 31, HHS’ Office for Civil Rights issued the proposed rule, which modifies the privacy protections of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996. Continue reading

Changing Reimbursement Models

It’s probably an unintended consequence—and not a positive one at that—but government programs have helped make dealing with rising operational costs less of a concern for medical practice managers, according to the fourth-annual survey by the Medical Group Management Association on managers’ top daily professional challenges.

Rising operational costs were listed as the top challenge in 2009 and 2010, but in this year’s survey of 1,190 practice managers, they came in third behind “preparing for reimbursement models that place a greater share of financial risk on the practice” and participating in the CMS electronic health-record meaningful-use incentive program. Continue reading