Tag Archives: Electronic Health Records

Health Care Information Exchanges and Price Transparency Initiatives: CMS Requests Input from Providers

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On July 12, 2018, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a proposed rule introducing changes to the Medicare physician fee schedule, and soliciting comments from providers on CMS data sharing initiatives.  In the proposed rule, CMS requests comments on methods to promote the exchange of health care information between health care providers, … Continue reading this entry

HIPAA Compliance: Navigating a Health Care Minefield

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In the two decades since its original passage, complying with the federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) hasn’t gotten any easier. Enacted with the primary goal of protecting the confidentiality, integrity and availability of healthcare information, HIPAA presents daunting administrative, technological and financial burdens for health care organizations. The burdens are only becoming … Continue reading this entry

Recent EHR Meaningful Use Program Updates

American Hospital Association Recommends Revisions to Medicare ACO Models
As we enter the sixth year of the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Records Incentive Programs (commonly referred to as the “Meaningful Use Programs”), the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) continues to make adjustments to the Meaningful Use Programs to better accommodate providers and suppliers. Two recent updates are described below.… Continue reading this entry

Arkansas Prepares New Telemedicine Practice Rules

The Great State of Arkansas was ranked last among all states in a recent report by the American Telemedicine Association on telemedicine practice standards. The good news is the Arkansas Board of Medicine indicated plans to address this issue through new rules this year. Its Telemedicine Advisory Committee is working on an advisory opinion or … Continue reading this entry

SAMHSA Proposes Major Changes to Federal Substance Abuse Privacy Rule

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Almost thirty years after the last substantive change to the federal regulations governing the confidentiality of alcohol and drug abuse patient records, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) today published a proposed rule (Proposed Rule) to modernize the regulations at 42 CFR Part 2 (the Part 2 Rule). Public comment period on … Continue reading this entry

Five Takeaways From North Dakota’s Proposed Telemedicine Rules

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The North Dakota Board of Medicine issued proposed regulations designed to move the Peace Garden State to the list of telemedicine-friendly states. The rules properly focus on the quality of care delivered, rather than the technical means through which it is delivered, aligning well with telemedicine practice rules articulated by other state medical boards. The … Continue reading this entry

Recent Enforcement Shows the Importance of Encrypting Mobile Devices Containing Protected Health Information

With headlines every day announcing another release of Protected Health Information (PHI), providers are asking themselves – is there a way to protect against these breaches? Beyond improving the security of large systems, attention is needed to protect PHI contained in laptops and other mobile devices, which account for a large percentage of PHI breaches.… Continue reading this entry

Medicare Penalties and Bonuses for Meaningful Use of EHRs Revamped as Part of the "Doc Fix" Bill

The American Health Lawyers Association last week published an analysis of the changes to the Medicare penalties and bonus payments for Eligible Professionals under the electronic health records meaningful use program under the Doc-Fix bill.  The changes restructure the penalties and bonus payments under the quality framework established by the Merit-based Incentive Payment System.  The … Continue reading this entry

ONC Releases Updated Guide to Privacy and Security of Electronic Health Information

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (“ONC”) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) recently released Version 2.0 of the Guide to Privacy and Security of Electronic Health Information (“Guide”). The Guide is a tool intended to assist providers as they work to comply with federal programs’ requirements … Continue reading this entry

CMS Releases Stage 3 Meaningful Use Proposed Rule

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) released the Stage 3 proposed rule to the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Records Incentive Programs (“Proposed Rule”) on March 20, 2015. To provide context, eligible professionals (“EPs”) and hospitals must attest to demonstrating meaningful use of certified electronic health record (“EHR”) technology to qualify for incentive payments … Continue reading this entry

CMS Extends Eligible Professional Attestation Deadline for 2014 Medicare EHR Incentive Program

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has extended the deadline for eligible professionals to attest to meaningful use for the Medicare Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program 2014 reporting year. The new deadline is 11:59 p.m. ET on March 20, 2015. Despite the extension, CMS urges eligible professionals to begin attesting for 2014 as soon … Continue reading this entry

What Does President Obama's $215 Million "Precision Medicine Initiative" Mean for Genetic Privacy?

We have all heard about the burgeoning opportunities tied to the development of precision medicine (also called “personalized medicine”), which includes the use of an individual’s genetic information to design targeted treatments. In fact, these opportunities are now receiving increased visibility due to President Obama’s recent push for a “Precision Medicine Initiative.” Privacy issues are of critical … Continue reading this entry

CMS Intends to Modify EHR "Meaningful Use" Program Requirements

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently announced its intent to engage in rulemaking to update the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs (commonly referred to as the Meaningful Use Program) beginning in 2015. CMS expects to publish a new rule this spring to respond to provider concerns about software implementation, … Continue reading this entry

How to Prepare Your Hospital or Medical Practice for a Meaningful Use Audit

New York Office of the Medicaid Inspector General Releases 2014-2015 Work Plan
For the past several years, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”) has incentivized hospitals and eligible professionals to adopt and make “meaningful use” of certified electronic health records (“EHR”) technology through the Medicare and Medicaid Meaningful Use programs. Since the inception of these programs, over $16.6 billion in Medicare incentive payments and $8.6 … Continue reading this entry

CMS and ONC Propose Rule to Help Providers Make Use of EHR and to Extend Timeline for Meaningful Use

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) announced a proposed rule, on May 20, 2014, that would allow providers more flexibility in how they use electronic health record (EHR) systems to meet meaningful use requirements and would formally extend the reporting requirements for Stage … Continue reading this entry

Largest Ever HIPAA Fine Comes Down Hard on Two New York Hospitals

New York-Presbyterian Hospital (NYP) will pay $3.3 million and Columbia University (CU) will pay $1.5 million to settle allegations that they failed to secure thousands of patients’ electronic protected health information (ePHI) held on their network. The monetary payments totaling $4,800,000 are the largest HIPAA settlement to date. In addition to the payment of this significant fine, NYP … Continue reading this entry

Big Data: Is Your Health Care Organization Prepared?

Big Data has become a big buzzword, but many healthcare organizations are just beginning to determine how to put Big Data to work for them. With the adoption of electronic health records and the transition to ICD-10, hospitals and other healthcare organizations are collecting more data than ever. One analyst predicts that by 2020, the … Continue reading this entry

Final Regulations to Extend the Stark Exception and Anti-Kickback Statute

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Inspector General (OIG) finalized amendments to the Physician Self-Referral Law (Stark) and Anti-Kickback Statute regulations (the Regulations) on December 27, 2013, regarding the donation of electronic health records (EHR) systems. Among other important changes, CMS and the … Continue reading this entry