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Attest to 2016 Medicare Meaningful Use Program Requirements by February 28

[01/17/17]

Posted on January 17, 2017 in Health Information Technology

Published by: Hall Render

This month, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services opened the registration and attestation system for the Medicare Meaningful Use Incentive Payment Program for 2016.  Eligible providers participating in the Medicare Meaningful Use Incentive Payment Program must attest to the 2016 Medicare Meaningful Use Program requirements by February 28, 2017 at 11:59 PM EST in order... READ MORE

Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016: Promoting Uniformity and How an Employer Can Obtain Heightened Damages for Unlawful Trade Secret Disclosures

[07/05/16]

Posted on July 5, 2016 in Health Information Technology

Published by: Hall Render

On May 11, 2016, President Barack Obama signed the Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 (“DTSA”)1 into law. The DTSA’s stated purpose is to bring trade secrets disputes into the federal courts, changing the system under which trade secret law was governed mostly by state law. As part of the DTSA, employers who wish... READ MORE

New FTC Guidance and Tools for Mobile Medical Apps

[05/04/16]

Posted on May 4, 2016 in Health Information Technology

Published by: Hall Render

On Tuesday, April 5, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) released a new web-based tool for developers of health-related mobile apps. The tool asks mobile application developers questions about the mobile app’s function, the type(s) of data that the app collects and the service(s) that the app offers to end-users. The new tool then guides... READ MORE

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2015 Meaningful Use Attestation Deadline Extended

[02/11/16]

Posted on February 11, 2016 in Health Information Technology

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This week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) announced that the attestation deadline for the Medicare Electronic Health Record Incentive Program (“Meaningful Use Program”) is changed from February 29, 2016 to March 11, 2016. The new deadline applies to all eligible professionals, eligible hospitals and critical access hospitals participating in the Meaningful... READ MORE

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Safe Harbor Agreement Between United States and EU Ruled Invalid

[10/06/15]

Posted on October 6, 2015 in Health Information Technology

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For years, companies in the United States have relied on a Safe Harbor to the EU Directives (the stringent privacy requirements imposed by the European Union) to qualify for the ability to transfer protected data between EU countries and the United States. Today, however, the European Court of Justice ruled that the agreement between... READ MORE

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Chip-Enabled Point of Sale Terminal – Deadline: October 1, 2015

[09/01/15]

Posted on September 1, 2015 in Health Information Technology

Published by: Hall Render

Hospitals and other health care providers may be liable for fraudulent use of credit cards at their facilities effective October 1, 2015 if they do not upgrade their credit card terminals. The major credit card issuers have been busy issuing to all cardholders new chip-enabled credit cards (“EMV Cards”) to address the growing concern with... READ MORE

Transition to ICD-10: 40 Days to Go

[08/21/15]

Posted on August 21, 2015 in Health Information Technology

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The American Hospital Association (“AHA”) released a “homestretch” checklist to help hospitals verify that they are ready for the transition from ICD-9 to ICD-10.  The AHA recommends checking internal systems, verifying external partner readiness and consideration of financial protections.  This includes verification that their software applications have been appropriately updated to accommodate the transition.  The... READ MORE

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USDA Distance Learning and Telemedicine Grant Program Announced for 2015

[06/08/15]

Posted on June 8, 2015 in Health Information Technology

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On June 4 and June 10, the Rural Utilities Service will host webinars focused on the Distance Learning and Telemedicine Grant Program. These webinars will inform participants about the major eligibility and regulatory requirements of the program and provide detailed guidance on how to submit a successful grant application. Click here to learn more.... READ MORE

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Indiana Adopts Telehealth Parity

[05/28/15]

Posted on May 28, 2015 in Health Information Technology

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With the signing of Senate Enrolled Act 554, Indiana has joined the ranks of states adopting a telehealth parity law. Effective July 1, 2015, third party payors will be obligated to reimburse providers for telemedicine services on the same basis they would have had the health care service been provided via a face-to-face consultation.... READ MORE

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CMS Releases Eligible Hospital Hardship Exception Application

[03/09/15]

Posted on March 9, 2015 in Health Information Technology

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Recently, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) published additional guidance for Medicare eligible hospitals seeking to avoid the 2016 Medicare EHR Incentive Program payment adjustment. Medicare eligible hospitals can avoid the 2016 payment adjustment by taking action by April 1 and applying for a 2016 hardship exception. The hardship exception application and instructions for Medicare... READ MORE

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