Many healthcare organizations were shocked to find that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) overpaid more than $729 million worth of incentive payments to eligible providers that failed to meet meaningful use requirements. This discovery was brought to light after a report was released by U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Inspector General (OIG).
This is almost a quarter of a billion dollars, taxpayer dollars to be specific, awarded to some providers who didn’t deserve it and now all eyes are on CMS to fix the problem.
If you find yourself asking how in the world could this have happened? You are not alone. Thankfully the Office of Inspector General has provided us with a three word explanation: Lack of documentation.Categories: Discoveries,Latest News
In the last month, the healthcare industry has received a wake-up call in the form of multiple practices being the target of malicious cyber attacks. These viruses present a new kind of threat attack where hackers encrypt a computer network's data to hold it "hostage”, providing a digital decryption key to unlock it for a price. These attacks are referred to as ransomware or crypto viruses and they are malign. They can infiltrate an entire system no matter what security features are in place, and can take many different forms, making it difficult for even the most seasoned IT expert to detect before it’s too late. These methods of entry can include an attachment in a legitimate appearing email perhaps from someone you know such as a vendor, a friend or even a pop up from your favorite shopping site. Once that button is clicked, this malware gains entry and the damage can be devastating. A house with a state-of-the-art alarm system is protected against a burglary when it is armed; but if you leave the front door open a thief can sneak in. If this is the case, then what can we do?Categories: Latest News
In keeping with a typical Thanksgiving tradition, we decided to give our entire Itentive family the opportunity to share what each of us are grateful for this year. I am proud to share the responses and pictures with our team and clients:Categories: Latest News
While attending NextGen’s ONE User Group Meeting this past week, I fully immersed myself in the whirlwind of excitement and passion for the healthcare industry that was everywhere. As a first-time attendee at UGM, I became a human sponge eager to soak up anything and everything I could. I was fortunate enough to attend countless sessions and learn many things, but the thought that resonated with me most was expressed in the opening session given by Rusty Frantz, President and Chief Executive Officer of Quality Systems, Inc. He drove home the fact that as the healthcare industry shifts from fee-for service to a fee-for-value system, it’s not just the technology that needs to change—it is our attitudes. I found this inspiring; no matter our role as vendor, provider, or patient, it’s time we take on a different perspective and realign our priorities to focus on outcomes.Categories: Latest News
Just in time for Halloween, we get to witness real-life superheroes make their mark on the healthcare industry. On October 2, at the KLAS Keystone Summit 12 EHR vendors, including NextGen, came together to create the first draft of interoperability measures. These 11 measures were collaborated on by the industry’s leading EHR vendors, and then written and published by health IT experts dubbed the “Fantastic Four”.Categories: Latest News
Information Blocking truly is the latest and greatest stressor in the healthcare industry after ONC shined a spotlight on it by publishing a report to Congress earlier year and the recently approved 21st Century Cures act makes it a federal offense punishable by fines. Cue healthcare frenzy. But what is it? Who is committing it? And who is falling victim to it? No one seems to be providing concrete answers to these crucial questions; all we know is Congress is angry, providers are angry, and unknowing patients should be angry.Categories: Latest News,Legislation
Welcome to iThink, Itentive's helpful blog for NextGen Healthcare users. Our goal is to have this blog be an up-to-date resource for you to learn the latest news, gain tips and tricks, and get a closer look at what's happening in the world of healthcare techology.Categories: Latest News