The next round of HIPAA audits is around the corner and expected in early 2015. The US Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (OIG) will bring a greater focus to its scrutiny of certain areas of HIPAA compliance, according to the OIG 2015 work plan. A new focus area specific to EMRs in the OIG's 2015 work plan includes reviewing hospitals' EMR contingency plans. The OIG will also investigate the security of certified EMR technology under meaningful use, according to HealthIT Security.
With less than a year left until the ICD-10 compliance deadline of October 1, 2015, now is the time to get ready for the code switch-over, according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. While this may sound like plenty of time, it's advised to remember the difficult "pre-work is the important piece in getting your organization ready for ICD-10", said Denescia Green, CMS Administrative Simplification Group.
CMS Medicare Contractor Management Group has announced end-to-end testing slated for January, April, and July 2015. It's advised that healthcare organizations participate to ensure they are able to successfully submit ICD–10 claims to shared systems and that software changes made to support ICD–10 result in appropriately adjudicated claims. Test claims submitted will be processed and remittance advice will be generated.
Not only is the October 1, 2015 deadline on the horizon for next year, but there is another deadline to consider much earlier on: April 1, 2015. By this date, six months before full ICD-10 implementation, healthcare organizations should have increased their staffing to meet challenges of the implementation, according to ICD10 Monitor. This implementation will affect a large spectrum of healthcare, especially productivity. The ICD-10 implementation impact will require time and ample preparation.