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The Sentinel: August 2021

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Back It Up - The Importance of Proper System Backups

Cybersecurity  |  Brian Johnson

We are a society that greatly depends on technology. Regardless of industry, all organizations rely on computers to conduct all manner of business operations. Additionally, your medical practice depends on computers and software to provide medical care to patients. Before computers, these processes were once ...

Proposed Medicare Payment Rate Drops for 2022

Practice Management  |  Elizabeth Woodcock, MBA, FACMPE, CPC

The federal government’s proposal for the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule in 2022 features an alarming payment cut of 3.75%. This is a result of the conversion factor shifting from its current rate of $34.89 to a proposed $33.58 based on the budget neutrality required by law. This news was certainly not...

Risk Matters: EHR Duplication

Risk Matters  |  Jeffrey A. Woods, JD

EHR Duplication:  Native Form vs. Printed Copy Physicians’ offices receive a large number of requests for copies of medical records from patients, their representatives, insurance carriers, attorneys, and other providers.  Prior to the advent of electronic health records, someone in the offic...

Weak Password Allows Major Cyber Extortion

Closed Claim Review  |  Justin Joy, JD, CIPP

After arriving at the office on a Tuesday morning following a holiday weekend, a medical assistant at an ophthalmology practice* logged into her workstation to pull up the clinic schedule for the day. For an unknown reason, the assistant received an error message on her computer screen when she attempted to a...

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