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    Mon, 23 Nov 2015 15:08:29

    The future of HIPAA compliance will bring more demanding electronic security regulations for healthcare organizations—or at least, that’s my prediction. But there are good reasons for making this prediction, and change will likely come sooner rather than later. First, it has happened before. HIPAA was originally passed in 1996. Incredibly, it took the government nearly […]

    Wed, 15 Feb 2017 18:11:25

    The financial, clinical and technical underpinnings of implementing an effective Quality Payment Program strategy have introduced a new level of complexity to many healthcare organizations. Providers have made big investments in IT infrastructure designed to help bring a modern, data-driven business approach to an industry ready to quantify healthcare outcomes. Unfortunately, many providers struggle to find and dedicate the time and resources required to maximize return on those investments. For many, internal expertise is the missing link.

    The post Staff Expertise: Leading the Charge in Your QPP Strategy appeared first on 4Medapproved HIT Answers.

    Wed, 08 Feb 2017 13:55:32

    It’s worth remembering that 2016 was dubbed the “year of data security” after 90 percent of healthcare providers suffered data breaches in the previous two years. In particular, the Anthem breach of late 2014/early 2015 got everyone’s attention for the sheer magnitude (around 80 million records) of the hack. Looking back, we can say 2016 lived up to its name as the number of records accessed was significantly lower than the year prior. But IT security is a game of whack-a-mole, so if fewer patient records were lost, malevolent forces simply found other ways to make the lives of healthcare CIOs very difficult.

    The post IoT Devices Top a Long List of 2017 Security Threats appeared first on 4Medapproved HIT Answers.

    Wed, 01 Feb 2017 16:01:14

    In the inaugural reporting year of MACRA’s new Quality Payment Program, quality measures and clinical practice improvement activities will collectively account for 85 percent of MIPS composite scores used to determine Medicare reimbursement penalties and incentives for healthcare providers. As clinicians prepare to embark upon MIPS reporting, knowledgeability on clinical performance metrics and standing heading into and throughout QPP participation will be essential to meeting reporting and care delivery objectives under the new value-based payment model.

    The post Achieving Clinical Success in Quality Payment Programs appeared first on 4Medapproved HIT Answers.

    Fri, 22 Sep 2017 10:12:57

    By William A. Hyman - A common complaint about EMRs is that while they might have technical capability, they might not have real world usability, or be “user friendly”.

    The post Is Your EMR Too Nerdified? appeared first on HITECH Answers: Meaningful Use, EHR, HIPAA News.

    Fri, 22 Sep 2017 04:10:07

    Virtual eLearning for eligible hospitals and eligible professional. Register today for these free webinars focusing on health IT adoption. Check back each week for new events.

    The post Upcoming Virtual Health IT Events for Providers appeared first on HITECH Answers: Meaningful Use, EHR, HIPAA News.

    Thu, 21 Sep 2017 11:07:23

    By Matthew Fusan - There are less than four months remaining in the first MIPS performance year and having a plan to monitor and drive improvement in targeted areas is critical to maximize your score and reimbursement adjustment both in 2017 and in future performance years.

    The post Understanding Group and Individual Reporting for MIPS appeared first on HITECH Answers: Meaningful Use, EHR, HIPAA News.

    Wed, 20 Sep 2017 19:47:59

    By Art Gross - Cybersecurity company Malwarebytes recently released findings from their Second Annual State of Ransomware Report, which provides us with some important insight on today’s state of digital security.

    The post “Human Factor” to Blame for Increase in Ransomware Attacks appeared first on HITECH Answers: Meaningful Use, EHR, HIPAA 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 [...]