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May 29, 2013  9:13 PM

CMS stats on EHR adoption



Posted by: RedaChouffani
ARRA, EHR implementation, HHS

Health IT initiatives have been on the rise since the enactment of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Recently, department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius provided some key statistics to support the claim that there is an increase in electronic health...

February 18, 2013  10:23 PM

New CONNECT HIE platform driven by federal collaboration



Posted by: RedaChouffani
CONNECT, DoD, HHS, HIE, NHIN, ONC

There is a new version of the open source platform for secure exchange of health information, CONNECT V4. HHS, DOD, SSA and the VA collaborated on the platform with the intent to provide both federal and other entities a secure data exchange platform. Since both the


November 19, 2012  9:29 PM

Extensions provided by HHS for the state Health Insurance Exchange (HIX)



Posted by: RedaChouffani
HHS, HIX

The secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is still faced with the challenge of getting states to participate in health care exchanges, despite the end of the election season and removal of much of the doubt around existing health care laws and reforms. This was a key...


October 8, 2012  9:07 PM

Letter to HHS outlines reasons to stop incentive payments



Posted by: RedaChouffani
HHS, Kathleen Sebelius, MU

A letter requesting the stoppage of the distribution of meaningful use incentive money and signed by lawmakers was sent to Kathleen Sebelius, secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) several days...


October 1, 2012  9:30 PM

A preview of what’s being considered as part of meaningful use stage 3



Posted by: RedaChouffani
HHS, Meaningful use, Meaningful use stage 2, MU 3, ONC, Stage 3

The Office of National Coordinator for Health IT and the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services released the final requirements for stage 2 EHR incentive programs in August 2012. Among the items that have been identified as part of the requirements in stage 2 were information exchange, care...


February 12, 2012  8:57 PM

AMA continues to oppose the implementation of ICD-10



Posted by: RedaChouffani
AMA, HHS, ICD-10, ICD-9

On Feb. 2, the American Medical Association (AMA)’s CEO has urged HHS and congress once again, to halt the ICD-10 conversion. In a letter to secretary Kathleen Sebelius, James Madara, MD stated “On...


December 11, 2011  8:03 PM

Delays to meaningful use stage 2



Posted by: RedaChouffani
EHR, EHR adoption, Electronic health record, HHS, Meaningful use, MU, MU stage 2, Stage 2

On Nov. 30, 2011, the Secretary of Health and Human Services announced a policy change effectively delaying stage 2 meaningful use. The goal of the change is to allow for a greater increase...


September 25, 2011  6:03 PM

Text4Health HHS initiative to encourage texting in a healthcare setting



Posted by: RedaChouffani
DHHS, Health and Human Services, healthcare, HHS, mhealth, mobile health, SMS, Text messaging, text4health

On September 19, 2011, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released new recommendations for its mhealth program, Text4Health. As HHS continues to recognize the significant role that smartphones are playing in the industry, and just how the much of the US population uses short text...


July 10, 2011  9:37 PM

CMS is testing new reimbursement models for patients with dual membership



Posted by: RedaChouffani
Dual eligibles, Health care reform, HHS, Medicaid, Medicare, Reform

As we continue to be reminded of the state of our deficit and the need to raise the debt ceiling, the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is continuing to push through and test different initiatives that will help cut costs in the health care arena. Many state leaders are...


May 8, 2011  9:36 PM

How to handle a security breach in a health care environment



Posted by: RedaChouffani
breach, data breach, data security, HHS, HIPAA, Privacy Rule

By now we have all heard and seen the headlines surrounding the recent trouble Sony is facing due to their IT security breach.  Not only has it been reported that their gaming...


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