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Health care reform and federal initiatives


June 12, 2014  10:45 AM

DeSalvo’s 10-year health data interoperability plan: Can it work?



Posted by: ShaunSutner
HIPAA Privacy Rule, HITECH Act, Interoperability, Karen DeSalvo

Let’s see what impact, if any, national health IT coordinator Karen DeSalvo, M.D.'s ambitious 10-year health data interoperability plan has on healthcare providers, consumers and IT vendors. The...

June 4, 2014  1:59 PM

Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT reorganizes departments



Posted by: adelvecchio
HITECH Act, Karen DeSalvo, ONC

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT is consolidating 17 offices down to 10 that will report to the National Coordinator for Health IT,


August 14, 2013  11:00 AM

CMS solicits comment on publicizing physician Medicare reimbursements



Posted by: adelvecchio
EHR safety, medicare, Medicare payments, medicare reimbursement, sequester

CMS has issued a request for public comment on how to create "the most appropriate" policies for disclosing individual physician Medicare reimbursement payment data. Earlier this year, A Florida federal district court lifted an injunction from 1979 that prevented the Department of Health,...


July 23, 2013  2:17 PM

CMS clarifies meaningful use eligibility for retired providers



Posted by: adelvecchio
CMS, EHR incentive program, medicare

Providers who retire or opt out of Medicare after successfully attesting to the meaningful use program will still receive an incentive payment, according to an update to a Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services frequently asked questions page. Providers can also


July 18, 2013  10:58 AM

Aetna launches CarePass mHealth app while pulling out of Calif. HIX



Posted by: DonFluckinger
ACA, Aetna, CarePass, google, health insurance, health insurance exchange, health reform, HIPAA, HIPAA omnibus rule, HIPAA security, HIX, mHealth, NSA, PHR, PHRs and patient engagement

Last month, Aetna Inc. launched CarePass, a smartphone mHealth app that aggregates and dashboards data from many popular personal health and fitness apps such as FitBit, Jawbone, Lose It! and RunKeeper. The insurer's Vice President and CarePass lead Martha Wofford told SearchHealthIT that services...


June 7, 2013  1:36 PM

Get EFT processes in line for HIPAA compliance



Posted by: EmilyHuizenga
EFT, ERA, Health care reform and federal initiatives, HIPAA

While most healthcare providers think of clinical data when it comes to crafting HIPAA compliance strategies, Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) and Electronic Remittance Advice (ERA) processes are affected by updated...


May 30, 2013  3:52 PM

Mass EHR mandate draws criticism, impact remains unclear



Posted by: EdBurns
EHRs, health reform, Meaningful use

A lot of doctors don't like being EHR mandates. This is why proponents of the meaningful use program like to argue that the rules are not mandates. Physicians are free to...


April 16, 2013  9:31 AM

Sequester cuts 2% from Medicare EHR incentive program payments



Posted by: EmilyHuizenga
CMS, EHR, EHR billing, medicaid, medicare

Eligible professionals and hospitals should expect a 2% reduction to Medicare electronic health record (EHR) incentive payments for meaningful use of EHRs, the Centers for...


April 3, 2013  2:57 PM

Marking a decade of the HIPAA privacy rule



Posted by: DonFluckinger
HIPAA, HIPAA enforcement, HIPAA omnibus rule, HIPAA Privacy Rule, HITECH Act

This year, the April Journal of AHIMA marks the HIPAA Privacy Rule's 10th birthday with a cover story. In the piece, many heavy-hitters of the healthcare world weigh in, none heavier than Leon Rodriguez, director of the Office for Civil Rights of the US Department of Health and Human...


March 13, 2013  11:39 AM

At executive conference, PHI security experts preaching patient advocacy



Posted by: DonFluckinger
HIPAA compliance, HITECH Act, patient advocacy, PHI

CAMBRIDGE, MA -- Here at the Protected Health Information (PHI) Protection Network's first conference -- attended by senior health system IT leadership, HIPAA legal authorities and vendor privacy executives -- a theme is emerging in healthcare leaders'...


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