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An Alternative Proposal for Certification

An Alternative Proposal for Certification

Some have suggested that my comments over the past few months about the Meaningful Use program, MACRA/MIPS, and Certification imply that we should just give up – throw out the baby with the bath water. That’s not what I’ve written. Here’s a clarification. I believe MACRA/MIPS is the right trajectory – create a set of desirable policy outcomes, then enable clinicians to choose technology, quality measures, and process improvements that are relevant to their practice.

July 20, 2016 | By More
Phase 2 HIPAA Audits – The OCR Emails Have Begun

Phase 2 HIPAA Audits – The OCR Emails Have Begun

This article was originally published on HIPAA Secure Now!. By Jonathan Krasner, Director of Business Development, HIPAA Secure Now! Back in March, we reported that OCR had announced its Phase 2 Audit Program. OCR stated that they would compile a database of both Covered Entities and Business Associates to form the basis of the pool of organizations potentially targeted for audit. They have followed up on their intentions and in the last week organizations have started to receive contact emails from OCR. The first email that an organization gets will […]

July 13, 2016 | By More
Patient Portals: For Patient and Provider Satisfaction, Move Beyond MU Rules

Patient Portals: For Patient and Provider Satisfaction, Move Beyond MU Rules

This article was originally published on Phoenix Health Systems and syndicated on HIEAnswers.net. It is republished here with permission. By D’Arcy Guerin Gue, VP of Industry Relations, Phoenix Health Systems – a division of Medsphere Systems Let’s face it, for providers, the Meaningful Use (MU) stage 2 requirements related to patient portals are not exactly onerous. With minor variations, providers are required to make health information available to half their patients within four days of a visit, and either one patient (2015 – 2016 reporting period) or more than five percent […]

July 6, 2016 | By More
Resources to Improve Care and Prepare for the Quality Payment Program for Clinicians

Resources to Improve Care and Prepare for the Quality Payment Program for Clinicians

This article was originally published on The CMS Blog. By Patrick Conway, MD, MSc, CMS Acting Principal Deputy Administrator and Chief Medical Officer Last year, an overwhelmingly bipartisan Congressional majority – with the support of the medical community and stakeholders – passed the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015, or MACRA. The law ended more than a decade of last-minute fixes and 17 potential payment “cliffs” for thousands of Medicare fee-for-service clinicians, while moving away from paying for each service a physician provides towards a system that rewards […]

June 29, 2016 | By More
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