Some insights on electronic records via Penwell and Dentalblogs
What does this mean for patients? Having a national system for computerized health records will improve patient care, increase patient safety, and simplify compliance in the United States. Additionally, these records will save costs, minimize errors and maximize efficiency. Yet, the computerization of all health records by the end of 2014 means new regulatory requirements for the healthcare profession, including dental offices.
The HITECH Act increases the penalties for various HIPAA violations, which is significant to covered entities. Covered entities include dental offices who submit claims electronically or verify patient’s information online, such as insurance benefits. The act will also now require business associates to comply with many of HIPAA's rules and subject them to HIPAA's civil and criminal penalties.