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February 24, 2011  11:35 AM

Permanent EHR Certification Program, Now Final

Posted by: Pabrai
EHR, HIPAA, HITECH, Meaningful use

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) has finalized the permanent EHR certification program for the Meaningful Use (MU) incentive program. This was published in January 7 in the Federal Register. The program is effective January 1, 2012. The temporary certification program...

February 24, 2011  11:34 AM

Red Flags Rule Update – FTC’s FACTA Regulation

Posted by: Pabrai
HIPAA, HITECH, Red Flags Rule

President Obama signed the Red Flag Program Clarification Act of 2010 into law on December 18, 2010. The law is effective as of January 1, 2011 and enforced by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). The Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act of 2003 (FACTA) regulation requires organizations to...

February 8, 2011  2:48 PM

Learning from the Hack @ Nasdaq Computers

Posted by: Pabrai
hacking, HIPAA, HITECH, Risk Analysis

Computer systems that run the Nasdaq Stock Market have been repeatedly penetrated over the past year, reported The Wall Street Journal on February 5, 2011. The possible motives include unlawful financial gain, theft of trade secrets, and a national security threat to damage the exchange. The Nasdaq...

September 8, 2010  1:47 PM

Breach Notification – Final Rule Update

Posted by: Pabrai
Breach Notification, HIPAA, HITECH

Several organizations were not exactly sure about the recent notice related to the Breach Notification Final Rule. The Interim Final Rule for Breach Notification for Unsecured Protected Health Information, issued pursuant to the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health...

September 1, 2010  3:34 PM

Meaningful Use – About Measurements for Objectives

Posted by: Pabrai
HIPAA, HITECH, Meaningful use

In Stage 1, HHS chose to reduce the requirements related to measurement thresholds defined for objectives. Many measures that required performance levels of 80% were reduced to 50% or lower in the final rule. For example, in the proposed rule the objective for recording and charting vital signs was...

August 30, 2010  11:48 AM

Meaningful Use Criteria – Stages and Timelines

Posted by: Pabrai
HIPAA, HITECH, Meaningful use

As in the proposed rule, the final rule for meaningful use retains a phased approach. The phases are referred to as stages. Three stages have been identified - Stage 1, Stage 2 and Stage 3. In the proposed rule it was HHS intent for all program participants to be at Stage 3 in 2015 - regardless...

August 23, 2010  11:51 AM

Understanding Meaningful Use EHR Objectives

Posted by: Pabrai
EHR, HITECH, Meaningful use

The objectives defined in the proposed rule for meaningful use were offered with more flexibility and choice in the final rule on the meaningful use EHR incentive program published on July 28, 2010. The rule is effective September 26, 2010. The objectives in the final rule are designed...

August 20, 2010  2:47 PM

Understanding the Temporary EHR Certification Program

Posted by: Pabrai
EHR, HITECH, Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) on June 24 published a final rule for EHR certification as part of the meaningful use incentive plan. This became effective immediately. This was first published as an interim final rule in January 2010. Organizations that have an...

August 16, 2010  4:23 PM

Definitions of Some Terminology – Updates in HITECH NPRM

Posted by: Pabrai
definitions, HIPAA, HITECH, NPRM

The HITECH NPRM published as a Federal Register on July 14, 2010 (45 CFR Parts 160 and 164) includes updates to certain terminology. Disclosure Disclosure means the release, transfer, provision of access to, or divulging in any manner...

August 13, 2010  2:03 PM

Public Health Disclosure & Fundraising Updates in HITECH NPRM

Posted by: Pabrai
Disclosures, Fundraising, HITECH, Public Health

The HITECH NPRM published as a Federal Register on July 14, 2010 (45 CFR Parts 160 and 164) includes updates to a few areas public health disclosure and fundraising requirements. Public Health Disclosures The proposed rule would create a new...

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