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Wi-Fi Security threat a risk to every health care clinic

This week the KRACK (which stands for Key Reinstallation Attack) threat to the WPA2 security framework was announced. KRACK is especially relevant to the small businesses that we work with because usually, you don’t have a dedicated IT person to update your hardware on site.

Details of the danger

This danger makes traffic between wireless devices & your router susceptible to interception by a third party. This third party would just need to be within range of your wireless network without needing to log in. If the communication is encrypted, in the case of secure websites for instance, the third party would not be privy to the content of the communication. In the case of unencrypted communication however, the intercepting third party would see everything.

KRACK is mostly a local threat. Any individuals attempting to expoit the threat need to be in range of your router. I’ve always found that not publishing your network name eliminates the possibility of people discovering your network by chance.

Lock it down

Update all of your wireless devices beginning with your routers & modems.

  1. Run updates on all Windows, Apple, & Android devices.
  2. Here are links to a few popular router manufacters pages to help you get started on securing your own network.

We are putting on a free webinar on HIPAA security and we will cover updating router firmware for sure. If you want to attend it’s going to be from 1:00 – 2:00 PM CST. Register by clicking here

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MIPS Certification

After completing a two week course to become a MIPS certified project manager recently, I began reflecting on the evolution of these CMS incentive programs over the last six years. One thing about this new program, compared with meaningful use, PQRS, or the value based modifier is that MIPS brings a lot of what we (software designers and developers) have had to do for software certification in 2011 & 2014 to the clinicians attention. I have clients calling me up asking about exporting QRDA files, choosing quality measures, and submitting data to registries.

It’s going to be a steep learning curve but for the Chart Talk users that have been dilligent about participating in our webinar training series, this switch to quality and the vocabulary associated with it shouldn’t be anything new.

One interesting topic covered in the certification course was developing a strategy for participating in MIPS. Determining the maximum incentive and penalty over the next four years gives you a starting point. Investing your clinics time and resources is expensive and you need to make sure that the return is worth the investment.

Meaningful use required your software to be certified for certain quality measures but did not require any results from you. Now, those same quality measures need to be reported on and you will be graded on a curve. In this first year there is no bar or level to shoot for; You want your quality numbers to peg you at the in the high quality, low cost group of providers.

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Quality Payment Program Consulting

The programs MIPS and MACRA are now known as the Quality Payment Program. Payments from CMS will be affected based on providers participation in 2017. Private payers are getting in on the program as well by offering pathways through Alternative Payment Models.

New requirements can be a hard to stay on top of. Determining if you qualify for the program, which path you should take, and what are your best options is just the tip of the iceberg. Demonstrating quality requires a plan. Mighty Oak Technology offers you access to our certified project managers to help your organization build and implement a plan to demonstrate quality at the highest degree of success. There are over 300 quality measures.

Step 1Step 2Step 3

Determine Eligibility and Financial Risk/Gain

Do You Qualify? If you receive $30,000 or more in allowed medicare charges, you qualify to participate in QPP

The first step towards developing a comprehensive plan for your organization is to determine the ROI from participating. If the investment is more than the reward it does not make sense to throw good money after bad money. Factors such as participation level, max reimbursement vs. max deduction, and alternative paths must be taken into consideration at this stage.

Target Participation Level and Success Rate

Once the ROI is determined, participation level will be considered. Simply testing your system, partial and full year reporting, or not reporting at all are options whose reward level must be considered. During this stage we will target the quality measures that best suit your organization. At the end of this process an estimate of cost vs benefits will be submitted as a guide for implementation.

Develop Detailed Plan for All Stakeholders

Using the targeted quality measures and participation level a detailed plan of action will be created. The focus of the upcoming plan will take into account data required to demonstrate each measure, how each measure is tracked and reported, success thresholds for each measure, and a scheduled review to monitor the projects status will all be created. All stakeholders will be identified and instructions for each role will be created and optimized for your organization.

Mighty Oak Technology, Inc.

Has assisted hundreds of organizations to receive millions of dollars in incentive payments through the CMS EHR incentive program, commonly referred to as Meaningful Use. The Quality Payment Program consolidates Meaningful Use, the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS), and the Value Base Modifier program into one. This new program is broken into four parts, each part having it’s own unique quality reporting requirements.

Our consultants have been certified as MIPS Quality Project Managers. They are well versed in the MIPS requirements and alternative payments models in place across the country. Our Mighty Oak Team is familiar with the language of quality measures and interpreting the coding required to demonstrate those measures.

To schedule a free 15 minute consultation to see if QPP is right for you, send and email to support@mightyoakinc.com or call 952.370.5550

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2016 Meaningful Use Attestation Readiness Consultation

Meaningful Use Services
Matthew Richard is CIO of Mighty Oak Technology. Matt has overseen software development teams for Stage I and Stage II meaningful use EHR certifications. Matt wrote the manual on properly conducting and documenting HIPAA protected health information audits.

Mr. Richard has worked with hundreds of chiropractors, CAs, and staff to successfully demonstrate and document Meaningful Use of an EHR. Clinics working with Mighty Oak Technology have collected over a million dollars in incentive reimbursements.

Mighty Oak Technology has been on the forefront of educating Chiropractors on the requirements of successfully demonstrating Meaningful USe of an EHR since 2011. Demonstrating meaningful use in 2016 & 2017 can be confusing when trying to understand the requirements, exclusions and necessary documentation to ensure that you can pass an audit after you successfully attest.

Whether your clinic is at the top of its game or if you are as confused about meaningful use as 90% of other healthcare providers, our consultative services will help.

What you get with our one hour consultation:

  • HIPAA Security Audit Workbook and Report Templates ($300 Value)
  • A Detailed list of Measures that have no exclusions
  • A detailed list of measures with exclusions
  • Instruction on how to properly document measures and exclusion
  • Template for documenting successful meaningful use attestation for your records

Mighty Oak Technology can also review your attestation documentation and help you meet compliance. We have taken hundreds of providers through stages I & II of Meaningful Use attestation. We have helped many clinics with Meaningful Use pre-pay audits. Call today to schedule your clinical evaluation.

Consulting Rates
Meaningful Use Review – Includes all the above listed points. A one-on-one session to review all requirements and exclusions that apply to your clinic, outlining a plan for your clinic to meet all requirements by December 31, and a meeting summary for your record.

$299/hr

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2016 Dragon Medical Practice Edition 2.3 Upgrade and Assistance

GREAT NEWS ABOUT DRAGON!

Today, Nuance announced a FREE UPGRADE for users of Dragon Medical Practice Edition 2 (DMPE 2) to upgrade to DMPE 2.3.

DO YOU HAVE DMPE 2?

If you are still on an older version of DMPE, you can purchase an upgrade to the DMPE2 version, through Mighty Oak Technology Inc. for $599.

INSTALLATION:

If you prefer that Mighty Oak Technology install the update, we would do the following for the normal hourly rate of $195/hr:

  1. Back up your existing user files to preserve your macros
  2. Download and install the new version of Dragon onto your computer(s)
  3. Check permissions, security and make sure that Dragon is running properly

 

 

 

For more information, or to schedule an installation contact us at:   dragonupgrade@mightyoakinc.com