CMS Issuing new Medicare ID Cards

CMS BULLETIN:  Medicare cards (SSNRI cards) Medicare replacement cards:  CMS is removing Social Security Numbers from Medicare cards to help fight identity theft and safeguard taxpayer dollars. In previous messages, CMS said that providers must be ready by April 2018 for the change from the Social Security Number based Health Insurance Claim Number (HICN) to the randomly generated Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (the new Medicare number). Up to now, they referred to this work as the Social Security Number Removal Initiative (SSNRI).  Moving forward, they will refer to this project as the “New Medicare Card.”  No acronym yet To help you find information quickly, CMS designed a new homepage to provide the latest details, including how to talk to Medicare patients about the new Medicare Card. Bookmark the New Medicare Card homepage Remember, providers need to be ready by April 1, 2018. CMS plans to have a transition period where either the HICN (Health Insurance Claim Number) or the MBI (Medicare Beneficiary Identifier) may be used to exchange data with CMS. The transition period will begin no earlier than April 1, 2018 and run through December 31, 2019. MORE ACRONYMS OF COURSE: HICN Health Insurance Claim Number MBI Medicare Beneficiary Identifier During the transition period, they will monitor the use of HICNs {Health Insurance Claim Number) and MBIs (Medicare Beneficiary Identifier) to see how many providers are ready to use only MBIs by January 2020.  They will also actively monitor the transition and adjustment to the new MBIs to make sure of their wide-spread adoption so Medicare operations aren’t interrupted. After the transition period ends on January 1, 2020, providers will need to use MBIs...

Best of Layton Utah Award

Medical Certification.com Receives 2016 Best of Layton Award Layton Award Program Honors the Achievement LAYTON May 18, 2016 — Medical Certification has been selected for the 2016 Best of Layton Award in the Education category by the Layton Award Program. Each year, the Layton Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Layton area a great place to live, work and play. Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2016 Layton Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Layton Award Program and data provided by third...

Medical Error Deaths Increasing

Research shows that medical error deaths are right behind heart disease and cancer.  With the emphasis on improving all of the elements of patient care, it has been determined that errors in the outpatient management of care often aren’t easily found.  For instance, prescriptions some 4 billion a year and rapidly growing, are a main contributor in the error process. Aside from the risk of allergy with a new medication, medication errors are frequent and common.  Technology is used to crosscheck but it is far from perfect.  Dosage is critical and a slight mistake in creating the record makes a huge difference. Within the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER), the Division of Medication Error Prevention and Analysis (DMEPA) reviews medication error reports on marketed human drugs including prescription drugs, generic drugs, and over-the-counter drugs.  DMEPA uses the National Coordinating Council for Medication Error Reporting and Prevention (NCCMERP) definition of a medication error.  Specifically, a medication error is “any preventable event that may cause or lead to inappropriate medication use or patient harm while the medication is in the control of the health care professional, patient, or consumer.  Such events may be related to professional practice, health care products, procedures, and systems, including prescribing; order communication; product labeling, packaging, and nomenclature; compounding; dispensing; distribution; administration; education; monitoring; and use.” Additionally, DMEPA prospectively reviews proprietary names, labeling, packaging, and product design prior to drug approval to help prevent medication errors. DMEPA publishes recommendations on common areas of error, for instance, error-prone abbreviations – visit this page to review: http://www.ismp.org/tools/errorproneabbreviations.pdf“>   And the official DO NOT USE List of Abbreviations...

Health Care by Smart Phone

We often discuss and write about the future of medicine and report technological advances. With the many years of experience in the medical field, the mind-boggling advances in technology are simply incredible. The problems are still many, regulatory, reimbursement complexities, horribly expensive screening tests to establish diagnoses and treatment plans, the overworked physician trying to provide good patient care and struggling with the problems of coping with EMR (electronic medical records), to say nothing of the huge expense of medical care in the U.S. Well, there’s a light in the tunnel that may change everything: SMART PHONES!!! Take the time to watch the video and tell us what you think. If you are as amazed as we are, tell everybody you know. Take charge of your health with INFORMATION!!! Watch it: Health Care by Smart...

EHR Frustration Continues

EHR FRUSTRATION Though the goals for Electronic Medical Records (EHRs) were commendable, the results have been awful. The objectives were to improve medical provider communication and share patient information. Providers have spent a ton of money trying to make them work, but so far it’s just created expense and frustration, and, in fact probably reduced the quality of medical care. The CMS (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services) added to the headache with mandates to use EHRs, and initiated the “Meaningful Use” program, but the AMA and many other state and county medical associations have challenged the timelines and their stages. CMS recently issued some final and proposed regulations for stages 2 and 3 of meaningful use in response. Though something like 80% of physicians adopted some form of an EHR, the results are dismal. Lots of them are so disgusted, they do not plan to continue their use, willing to accept financial penalties imposed by CMS. Providers hoped EHRs would provide the tools to improve patient care with the ability to exchange information and allow better tools for planning. Instead, the systems won’t talk to each, cost a lot to maintain, slow down the actual patient encounter process, and seriously impact cash flow. With so much competition in the vendor market, the expectation is that software systems will get better and the best ones will rise to the top, so providers are now waiting for that process to unfold. They don’t want to get it wrong a second time. Hopefully, in spite of the setbacks and costs, technology will ultimately be an integral part of patient care and...