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ONC Publishes New Reports on Health IT Safety

ONC Publishes New Reports on Health IT Safety

This post was originally published on the Health IT Buzz. By Andrew Gettinger, M.D. / Chief Medical Information Officer, Director, Office of Clinical Quality and Safety Twitter: @ONC_HealthIT Safety is and always has been a top priority at ONC. We have incorporated safety into the ONC Health IT Certification Program and our guiding documents, the Federal Health IT Strategic Plan: 2015 – 2020 and Shared Nationwide Interoperability Roadmap. More specifically, ONC created a series of tools to help with the safe use of health IT, including a guide to e-prescribing […]

June 22, 2016 | By More
How Much Is That Medical Record In The Window?

How Much Is That Medical Record In The Window?

The following is a guest blog post from HITECH Answers, a community hub site in the Health IT Answers network. Guest author, Matt Fisher, Esq. of Mirick O’Connell. A patient contacts their physician’s office and asks for a copy of their medical record. The expected response would seem to be obvious. Sure, we will copy the record and send it to your shortly. Not only will the record be sent, but it will be sent in an easily accessible format and exactly as requested. The reality is a bit more […]

June 15, 2016 | By More
Legislative Proposals to Better Foster the Flow of Health Information

Legislative Proposals to Better Foster the Flow of Health Information

The following is a guest blog post from HIE Answers, a community hub site in the Health IT Answers network. By Dr. Karen B. DeSalvo and Lisa Lewis, ONC Twitter: @ONC_HealthIT and @KBDeSalvo We have witnessed dramatic changes in the adoption and use of health information technology (health IT) over the past decade. The nation has transformed from paper-based record keeping into an environment where nearly all of the nation’s hospitals and three-quarters of the nation’s eligible providers are using certified health IT. And from accessible electronic health records to wearable […]

June 8, 2016 | By More
OCR Releases New HIPAA Audit Protocol and Business Associate Listing Template

OCR Releases New HIPAA Audit Protocol and Business Associate Listing Template

The following is a guest blog post from HITECH Answers, a community hub site in the Health IT Answers network. Guest author, Bob Grant, is the Chief Strategy Officer, Compliancy Group.  The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) released an updated Audit Protocol that it plans to use while investigating health care entities for HIPAA compliance. The biggest change to the audit protocol is the distinction that OCR has made between what’s required of Business Associates (BAs) versus what’s required of Covered Entities (CEs). The […]

June 1, 2016 | By More
Latest Provider Updates from CMS

Latest Provider Updates from CMS

CMS Weekly Check-up The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is the Federal agency under the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) which administers Medicare, Medicaid, and the State Children’s Health Insurance Program. The CMS EHR Incentive programs are currently open programs for eligible professionals and hospitals to receive incentive payment for participation. Checking in on CMS will be a regular weekly post to keep up with communication coming from CMS on information about these and other related programs. Reforms to Medicare regulations identified as unnecessary, obsolete, or excessively […]

May 25, 2016 | By More
Can an EHR System Really Save (or Even Earn) Your Practice Money?

Can an EHR System Really Save (or Even Earn) Your Practice Money?

Aiden Spencer is a health IT researcher and writer at CureMD who focuses on various engaging and informative topics related to the health IT industry. He loves to research and write about topics such as Affordable Care Act, electronic health records, Medical Practice management and patient health data. You can get in touch with him on Twitter: @AidenSpencer15 Many providers think about buying an EHR system as a way to remain compliant with the numerous healthcare reforms and initiatives. And while EHRs certainly help in this department, thinking of them […]

May 24, 2016 | By More
Covered Entities Must Ensure Policies Account for Federal and State Laws

Covered Entities Must Ensure Policies Account for Federal and State Laws

The following is a guest blog post from HITECH Answers, a community hub site in the Health IT Answers network. Guest author, Bob Grant, is the Chief Strategy Officer, Compliancy Group.  Understanding the regulatory requirements that govern the use and disclosure of protected health information (PHI) is essential for health care professionals operating across the country. However, federal HIPAA regulation only accounts for a portion of those requirements. State laws and regulations regarding PHI are equally important, especially when it comes to how health care professionals are expected to respond in […]

May 18, 2016 | By More
A Deep Dive on the MACRA NPRM

A Deep Dive on the MACRA NPRM

The following is a guest blog post from HIE Answers, a community hub site in the Health IT Answers network. Guest author, John D. Halamka, MD, MS, is Chief Information Officer of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Chairman of the New England Healthcare Exchange Network (NEHEN), Co-Chair of the HIT Standards Committee, a full Professor at Harvard Medical School, and a practicing Emergency Physician.  As promised last week, I’ve read and taken detailed notes on the entire 962 page MACRA NPRM so that you will not have to. Although this […]

May 11, 2016 | By More
The Downside of Interoperability

The Downside of Interoperability

The following is a guest blog post from HealthcareScene.com, Health IT Blog Network, by John Lynn, guest contributor and 4Medapproved Partner. Guest author Anne Zieger, veteran healthcare consultant and analyst with 20 years of industry experience. Contact her at @ziegerhealth on Twitter or visit her site at Zieger Healthcare. It’s hard to argue that achieving health data interoperability is not important — but it comes with risks. And I’ve seen little discussion of the fact that interoperability may actually increase the chance that a major attack could hit a wide swath of healthcare […]

May 4, 2016 | By More