Practitioners often face a dilemma in properly disclosing or using client tax return information in light of the penalties imposed by Sec. 7216, professional ethics rules, and various federal and state pronouncements. This article discusses issues arising under Sec. 7216 in the context of client records and the ever-increasing third-party requests for information.
A report projects that federal, local and state organizations will need to spend about $5 billion on health information technology in order to meet the health reform requirements. The report identified four IT needs, which include clinical IT, such as clinical-decision support and EHRs, and business IT, such as document management and billing systems.
More than a dozen health care payment reform efforts are under way around the U.S., according to Karen Davis, president of the Commonwealth Fund. She told a conference that the country is on a path away from fee-for-service and heading toward bundled payments that go beyond pay-for-performance models.
U.S. researchers who analyzed about 400,000 coronary angiograms found that only 38% of the patients who underwent the heart test had significant obstructions in the heart's arteries. The findings suggest the need to improve the diagnosis of coronary artery disease, the study's lead researcher said.
Absolute Imaging Solutions and Larcher Medical Imaging have entered an exclusive deal that allows AIS to provide cardiac PET systems and related services for LMI. The agreement will be in effect in several Southern states, including North Carolina, South Carolina and Florida.