Entries by Kathryn Ayers Wickenhauser

Healthcare 3.0: Bringing the Art Back to Patient Care

Practice Administrators and Office Managers are often the unsung heroes of healthcare practices. They block and tackle for their providers, are responsible for successful office operations and look for upcoming trends and ways to improve the patient experience. At the 2017 Medical Group Managers Association (MGMA) Annual Conference, administrators and managers alike gathered to network […]

AHIMA’s New Model Form Draws Attention to Right to Access

The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) recently released a model form, taking the lead in providing a resource when a patient requests a copy of their health information. AHIMA is making strides to reduce the confusion for patients and streamline the process for providers, both of which are important aims.  AHIMA is the only […]

Requirements of a Comprehensive Security Risk Analysis

HIPAA requires covered entities and business associates conduct a Security Risk Analysis (SRA) to ensure compliance with addressable and required elements of the HIPAA Privacy and Security rules. The intent of the SRA process is to identify where protected health information (PHI) lives in both physical and electronic form, to assess risks and vulnerabilities to […]

CEs Should Ensure Accountability vs Dictating BA Business Practices

In the recent article “Your Business Associates Hold Your HIPAA Compliance Future in Their Hands: Eleven Things You Can Do,” the author, Marla Durben Hirsch, provides commentary for a recent issue of Medical Practice Compliance Alert and raises some important questions for practices and their Business Associates. Hirsch offers caution surrounding the heightened risks of […]

Your Questions about MACRA / Quality Payment Program

As of January 1, 2017, the Quality Payment Program is in effect. So long fee-for-service, welcome to value-based reimbursement! On January 19, DataFile Technologies hosted a complimentary webinar featuring Kathryn Ayers Wickenhauser, Regulatory Compliance Advisor, to explain this latest healthcare reform and the impact to providers as they transition to value-based payments. The audience was […]

The MIPS Advancing Care Information: Your Score Rests on Your SRA

In October, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released the updated Quality Payment Program information containing the guidelines and metrics for the Merit-based Incentive Payment Systems model impacting reimbursement. What’s different about MIPS from previous pay-for-performance programs is the departure from the all-or-nothing attitude of achieve all of the measures or receive a score […]

DataFile Celebrates Corporate Compliance & Ethics Week

At DataFile Technologies, we recognize that our greatest compliance asset is our people. To celebrate our commitment to compliance, we participated in Corporate Compliance & Ethics Week (CCEW) for the first time. This year’s global event ran from November 6 through November 12, and centered around the theme “Provide. Protect. Prevent.” Together, members from our […]