Numerous legislative rulings that affect healthcare have occurred within the last 5 years with the Obama administration. New legislation changes the way patients are insured, the types of technology medical practices are to use for medical records and overall changes to make healthcare service more affordable. To learn more about a few of these changes and how they affect medical practice, here is a brief summary of health care laws:
HITECH Act and Medical Practice: The HITECH Act focuses on changing the way practitioners record and manage medical information. Since the digital age is upon us, the government is pushing electronic health record systems (EHRs) to make documents more accessible for practitioners and more standard. The legislation is a standardization method for all medical practices to follow, in order to make the health record process more fluid.
The government encourages medical practices to switch to technology that incorporates EHR functions. One way that practitioners are making the switch and improving their documentation process is through medical voice recognition software (Dragon Medical Practice Edition). The software follows HITECH guidelines as it integrates with EHR programs and makes documentation as simple as possible through the means of dictation.
The Affordable Care Act and Medical Practice: Again, the federal government is trying to make health care more affordable for more people. Through this act, insurance policies are restructured in order to put more people on insurance, in hopes of reducing costs. The Affordable Care Act pushes medical practices to offer more affordable care for patients, which means a restructure of what medical practices do and what they provide.
Just as Dragon Medical Practice Edition enables practitioners to comply with HITECH standards, they can also reduce costs with medical voice recognition software, leading to reduced overhead costs and more affordable care for patients. Medical dictation software saves practices money through reduced transcription time and resources (a cut in labor and resource costs).
HIPPA Standards and Medical Practice: Patient confidentiality has always been a must for patients and practitioners. HIPPA standards make patient confidentiality even more important and strict for the switch to electronic health records. Luckily, medical software is being designed and implemented in such a way that it complies with HIPPA standards and protects confidentiality. Dragon Medical Practice Edition makes it possible to file with EHRs and protect all confidential information under the guidelines of HIPPA. Practitioners can rest assured that the new technology they use is developed for government health care laws.