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“What we need is more regulation . . .”

“What we need is more regulation . . .”

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 […]

August 24, 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
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
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
Patient Portal Security is a Trick Issue

Patient Portal Security is a Trick Issue

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. Much of the discussion around securing health data on computers revolves around enterprise networks, particularly internal devices. But it doesn’t hurt to look elsewhere in assessing your overall vulnerabilities. And unfortunately, that includes gaps that can be exposed by patients, whose security practices you can’t […]

April 27, 2016 | By More
2015 EHR Certification – Just the Basics

2015 EHR Certification – Just the Basics

The following is a guest blog post from hitechanswers.net, a community hub site dedicated to educating healthcare providers and other stakeholders on the HITECH Act, the CMS EHR Incentive Program, Meaningful Use and other Federal Health IT initiatives.  By Jim Tate, EMR AdvocateMeaningful Use Audit Expert Twitter: @JimTate, eMail: Inquiry@meaningfuluseaudits.com. Recently I participated in a web presentation entitled: “Final Rule for Stage 3 MU Requirements and Modifying Stage 2”. Wave three is hitting the Meaningful Use (MU) shore. A foundational requirement in the CMS EHR Incentive program has been the use of Certified […]

April 20, 2016 | By More
Breach Affecting 2.2M Patients Highlights New Health Data Threats

Breach Affecting 2.2M Patients Highlights New Health Data Threats

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. A Fort Myers, FL-based cancer care organization is paying a massive price for a health data breach that exposed personal information on 2.2 million patients late last year. This incident is also shedding light on the growing vulnerability of non-hospital healthcare data, as […]

April 12, 2016 | By More
Final HIPAA Awareness

Final HIPAA Awareness

The following is a guest blog post from hitechanswers.net, a community hub site dedicated to educating healthcare providers and other stakeholders on the HITECH Act, the CMS EHR Incentive Program, Meaningful Use and other Federal Health IT initiatives. Matthew Fisher is the chair of the Health Law Group at Mirick, O’Connell, DeMallie & Lougee, LLP, in Worcester, MA. Matt advises his clients in all aspects of healthcare regulatory compliance, including HIPAA, the Stark Law and the Anti-Kickback Statute. This article was originally published on Mirick O’Connell’s Health Law Blog and is republished here […]

April 4, 2016 | By More