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HHS Settles First Enforcement Action Resulting From HITECH Breach Notification Rule

[03/13/12]

Posted on March 13, 2012 in Health Information Technology

Written by: Ammon R. Fillmore

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) announced on Tuesday, March 13, 2012, that Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee (“BCBST”) will pay $1,500,000 to settle potential violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (“HIPAA”).  BCBST had previously notified HHS that 57 unencrypted hard drives containing protected health information, social... READ MORE

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CMS Hosting Overview Call re Stage 2 Proposed Rule

[03/12/12]

Posted on March 12, 2012 in Health Information Technology

Written by: Alisa C. Kuehn

CMS is hosting a National Provider Call on Monday, March 12, from 12:30 – 2:00 pm ET for eligible professionals (EPs), eligible hospitals, and critical access hospitals (CAHs), which will include an overview of the proposed rule for Stage 2 criteria for Meaningful Use under the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs. Registration Information:... READ MORE

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Financial Impact of Breached PHI Study Released

[03/07/12]

Posted on March 7, 2012 in Health Information Technology

Published by: Hall Render

On Monday, March 5th, the American National Standards Institute (“ANSI”) issued its long-awaited report, “Financial Impact of Breached Protected Health Information” (http://webstore.ansi.org/phi/).  The Report provides a good summary of the current state of health data privacy and security in the U.S., HIPAA legislative history, and some potential measures that can be taken to strengthen the protection... READ MORE

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Revised EHR Certification Standards and Modifications to Certification Program Proposed Regulations Published

[03/07/12]

Posted on March 7, 2012 in Health Information Technology

Written by: Jeffrey W. Short

The Health Information Technology: Standards, Implementation Specifications, and Certification Criteria for Electronic Health Record Technology, 2014 Edition; Revisions to the Permanent Certification Program for Health Information Technology  Proposed Regulations were published in their official version in today’s Federal Register.  Although these proposed regulations have been available in the unpublished format, the publication in the Federal... READ MORE

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Stage 2 Proposed Meaningful Use Regulations Published

[03/07/12]

Posted on March 7, 2012 in Health Information Technology

Written by: Jeffrey W. Short

The Medicare and Medicaid Programs; Electronic Health Record Incentive Program—Stage 2 Proposed Regulations were published in their official version in today’s Federal Register.  Although these proposed regulations have been available in the unpublished format, the publication in the Federal Register begins the time period for submitting comments to the proposed regulations.  All comments to... READ MORE

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FCC seeks comment on continued funding of Rural Health Care Pilot Program Participants.

[03/06/12]

Posted on March 6, 2012 in Health Information Technology

Written by: Michael T. Batt

On February 27, 2012 the FCC requested comment on whether to fund Universal Service Fund (USF) Rural Health Care Pilot Program participants who will exhaust funding allocated to them before or during the funding year 2012 (July 1, 2012-June 30, 2013).  This funding would maintain support for qualifying Pilot Program Participants on an interim... READ MORE

Electronic Health Record Donation Arrangements

[02/07/12]

Posted on February 7, 2012 in Health Information Technology

Written by: Michael T. Batt

Today, Hall Render published an article providing some practical guidance and points for consideration when implementing an EHR donation arrangement.  Please click here to view the article. Should you have any questions, please contact Michael Batt at 317.977.1417 or mbatt@hallrender.com. READ MORE

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EHR Incentive Registrations and Payments Continue to Grow

[01/18/12]

Posted on January 18, 2012 in Health Information Technology

Written by: Jeffrey W. Short

CMS’s most recent monthly report for the EHR Incentive Program shows rapid growth in the number of Eligible Hospitals and Eligible Providers registered for the program and receiving payments under the programs.  In December, Medicare payment tripled with $89 million in payments to Eligible Professionals and $374 million in payments to Eligible Hospitals and CAHs.   Total Medicare... READ MORE

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HHS Delays Stage 2 for Meaningful Use

[11/30/11]

Posted on November 30, 2011 in Health Information Technology

Written by: Jeffrey W. Short

Secretary of Health and Human Services, Kathleen Sebelius, announced on November 30, 2011 that Eligible Providers and Eligible Hospitals (“Recipients”) meeting the Stage 1 meaningful use criteria for the Medicare/Medicaid Electronic Health Records Incentive (“EHR Incentives”) established under the HITECH Act will not be required to meet the Stage 2 criteria until 2014.   The meaningful use... READ MORE

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ACOs and Meaningful Use

[11/09/11]

Posted on November 9, 2011 in Health Information Technology

Written by: Jeffrey W. Short

While the final ACO Rules (“Final Rules”) have done away with the importance of participaitng phyisicians being meaningful users of an EHR under the HITECH EHR Incentive Program (“Meaningful Users”), the importance of meaningful use by participating primary care providers has not gone away. CMS sought to align an ACO’s use of Electronic Health Records (“EHR”) with... READ MORE

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