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    Wed, 20 Feb 2019 12:07:50

    By Art Gross - Valley Hope Association (VHA), a Kansas-based addiction treatment organization with 16 facilities in seven Midwest states has started notifying patients that their information may have been compromised in a data breach.

    The post Email Hack Leads to Valley Hope Association Breach of Patient Data appeared first on HITECH Answers: HIPAA, MIPS, EHR, Cybersecurity News.

    Tue, 19 Feb 2019 19:30:46

    Companies are seeking talent for the fastest growing industries in tech and healthcare is on the top of the list. Want to work for a health information exchange? Here are posted opportunities being reported from MiHIN, CORHIO, NYeC, healtheConnect Alaska, THSA, IHIE, & AZ Health Current.

    The post Talent Tuesday Now Hiring! appeared first on HITECH Answers: HIPAA, MIPS, EHR, Cybersecurity News.

    Tue, 19 Feb 2019 12:27:24

    By Matt Fisher - Compliance with HIPAA and the attendant privacy and security requirements is a frequent topic of discussion. Discussions around compliance are driven by the daily reporting of breaches and the probably more than daily issues faced by patients, clinicians and....

    The post What’s the Goal: HIPAA Enforcement appeared first on HITECH Answers: HIPAA, MIPS, EHR, Cybersecurity News.

    Mon, 18 Feb 2019 19:19:00

    By David Conejo - The statistics are terrifying. According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) Alcohol poisoning kills six people every day. Of those, 76 percent are adults ages 35-64, and three of every four people killed by alcohol poisoning are men.

    The post Surge in Addiction Closing the Gap Between Physical and Behavioral Health Care appeared first on HITECH Answers: HIPAA, MIPS, EHR, Cybersecurity News.

    Fri, 03 Apr 2015 13:24:27 -0400

    The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) awarded a $299,137 grant to Hielix, Inc., for work on Part B of the Privacy, Security and Consent Management for Electronic Health Information Exchange Grant Program. They will focus on providing technical assistance and education on e-health privacy, security and consent management for health informatities to make the best possible health decisions. This funding will further support readiness to advance the Minnesota Accountable Health Model and Accountable Communities for Health.

    The grant program goals include:

    Ensuring health care professionals, hospitals, behavioral health, long-term and post-acute care, local public health, and social services have the access to the knowledge and tools required to u [...]

    Tue, 20 May 2014 22:45:52 -0400

    The recent announcement by CMS that the date for ICD-10 implementation will be reconsidered will have a number of unintended (or more accurately, not thought out) consequences.

    Many large providers, hybrids and academic medical centers are well on their way to meeting the current deadline and have significant investment made in both permanent and temporary staffing to support these projects. Also, many vendors are working hard to get their systems ready for ICD-10 and have established plans to complete prior to October 2014.

    Unfortunately there is a great disconnect between the physician practices/AMA and the larger health systems and hospitals who have already invested considerable time and money working toward the October deadline. In a 2011 survey by HealthLeaders Media [...]

    Tue, 31 Dec 2013 06:43:55 -0500

    We have completed a series of webinars with our Transitions of Care partner, the National Rural Health Resource Center, the video is below:


    Tue, 17 Dec 2013 13:08:31 -0500

    Recently CMS announced their intention to propose a postponement to Stage 3 of Meaningful Use (MU) and the updated certification requirements for EHR software until 2017 for organizations that meet the basic criteria of having already attested to MU for two years previously. I belong to several organizations for medical informaticists and clinicians, and I continue to watch their back and forth with interest. Initially, there seemed to be some misunderstanding that the deadline for Stage 2 of Meaningful Use and 2014 EHR Certification was being postponed, but that is not the case. Only the end of Stage 2 and the beginning of Stage 3 and the associated EHR certification requirements a [...]