The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) of 2010 resulted in significant changes for patients, physicians and insurers.
The HIPAA Omnibus Rule went into effect in September 2013. Practices are now required to have:
- Updated HIPAA policies and procedures
- Implemented the changes made to privacy, security and breach notification requirements
The American Medical Association offers physicians a variety of free resources, including a HIPAA Toolkit, FAQs, and samples of Business Associate Agreements (BAA) and Notice of Privacy Practices.
HealthIT.gov has information for physicians about privacy and security on mobile devices, as well as a 10-step plan for Health Information Privacy and Security and other resources.
Road to 10 – Developed with the help of small practice physicians, Road to 10 helps small practices transition to ICD-10. It offers specific specialty sections for Family Practice, Pediatrics, OB-GYN, Cardiology, Orthopedics, and Internal Medicine.
ICD-10 FAQs (pdf)
EMR vs. EHR – What’s the Difference? (from CSMS Affinity Partner athenahealth)
Access Health CT – health insurance exchange
The main AHCT website is designed for consumers. For physicians considering purchasing insurance for practice employees, the Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP) page has information about plans, pricing and tax credits.
Some participating health insurers provide physician-specific information about the Exchange plans on their websites:
CSMS has collected a number of resources to help your patients understand health reform.