HITapproved Industry Highlights
This article was originally published on HealthBlawg, By David Harlow, JD MPH, The Harlow Group LLC Twitter: @healthblawg We are awash in digital health data. And we are awash in multiple regulatory schemas designed to protect privacy, security and appropriate access to all this data. Some data is “traditional” health care data governed by the familiar patchwork of federal and state statutes and regulations (rhymes with “HIPAA”). Some is the product of new consumer health tracker devices and apps which are not reached by HIPAA (except for some provided to […]
This article was originally published on GroupOne Healthsource. By Jeff Jones, Business Project Analyst Encouraging physicians to switch to electronic health records (EHR) has been a long term effort from CMS ever since the January 2009 passage of the HITECH act. Over three-quarters of physicians and nearly all hospitals are using an EHR but the incentivizing structure has been hard to wade through, at best. Now healthcare professionals and physicians alike must focus their efforts on understanding the end of the SGR formula and the beginning of The Merit Based […]
This article was originally published on Phoenix Health Systems and is republished here with permission. By D’Arcy Gue, VP, Industry Relations, Phoenix Health Systems Twitter – @DarcyGue After years of increasingly dangerous data security and privacy breaches across the American healthcare environment, HHS has decided to take preventative action. On July 25, HHS announced it will fund a new resource that will share “the most up-to-date cyber threat information across the health and public health sectors and will better equip health systems to identify potential threats and further protect electronic health information.” […]
By John Halamka, MD Twitter: @jhalamka Just as I clarified previously in my post about Certification, the answer to the question “do we need more or less healthcare IT regulation and legislation” is that we need the right amount of the right regulations/legislation. Sometimes when clinicians prescribe medication, although it does therapeutic good, it creates side effects which need to be addressed by changing a dose or by adding additional medications. Such is the case with HITECH. It was generally good medicine, but now that we’ve seen the side effects on […]
A newly proposed rule by CMS would revise the Medicare hospital outpatient prospective payment system (OPPS) and the Medicare ambulatory surgical center (ASC) payment system for CY 2017 to implement applicable statutory requirements and changes arising from continuing experience with these systems. In this proposed rule these are some of its content which include the CMS Meaningful Use Incentive Program.
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.
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 […]
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 […]