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HIPAA Compliance Review Program Launch

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Division of National Standards, on behalf of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), is launching the HIPAA Compliance Review Program to ensure compliance among covered entities with HIPAA Administrative Simplification rules for electronic health care transactions. In April

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Security Risk Analysis for 2018 MACRA/MIPA Reporting

The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) replaced three quality programs (the Medicare Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive program, the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS), and the Value-Based Payment Modifier (VM) with the Quality Payment Program. This one program will give Medicare physicians and clinicians a chance

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eCQM Annual Update Pre-Publication Document

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has published the Electronic Clinical Quality Measures (eCQM) Annual Update Pre-Publication Document, which describes changes in the standards and code set versions used in the updated measures for potential use in CMS quality reporting programs for 2019 reporting/performance. This document reflects changes that

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Repeal of ACA: Potential Effect on Healthcare Organizations

With the change of U.S. administration, we can expect certain healthcare regulations to be affected.  Currently the main proposition is to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  From an IT standpoint, this would not reduce the responsibilities of healthcare providers to secure patient data.  HITECH

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HIPAA Compliance 2016 Year in Review

Planning for the upcoming year is a chance to review the main developments in Healthcare IT HPAA Compliance from 2016 that will affect providers, business associates, and patients. Priorities remain to uphold confidentiality, integrity, and availability of patient data, factoring in the latest proceedings in technological and

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UMass settles potential HIPAA violations following malware infection

The University of Massachusetts Amherst (UMass) has agreed to settle potential violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) Privacy and Security Rules. The settlement includes a corrective action plan and a monetary payment of $650,000, which is reflective of the fact that

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Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act, Nondiscrimination in Health Programs and Activities

Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act goes into full effect on October 16, 2016 to reinforce regulations currently in place.  This section is intended for Covered Entities and other firms enrolled in CMS programs to further prevent restrictions based on race, national origin, gender, age, or

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What’s next for EHR Incentive Programs and Medicare Reimbursement?

The landscape of health care has been changing for several years.  It’s been a virtual alphabet soup of incentive program acronyms (MU, PQRS and VM to name a few).    As a practice manager and an independent incentive program consultant, keeping up with the constant change of incentive

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HHS’s First Step to MACRA Legislation

Administration takes first step to implementing legislation modernizing how Medicare pays physicians for quality On April 27th, 2016, The Department of Health and Human Services  issued a proposal to align and modernize how Medicare payments are tied to the cost and quality of patient care for hundreds

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