Archive for the EHR 2.0 Category

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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Social Determinants of Health

It’s a well-known fact that genetic and healthy eating plays a very important role in our general health. But according to recent research, clinical information from a care encounter contributes only about 10% of what drives population health. Social determinants of health, including health behaviors and physical

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HIPAA Compliance and Secure Messaging

With growing HIPAA compliance enforcement, information security is a top concern to all healthcare organisations. The growing use of mobile devices in healthcare industry proportionately increases the risks and challenges of securing electronic protected health information (ePHI). The  number of HIPAA violations are on the rise  and many

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HIPAA Violation Fines: Improper Disclosure of Research Participants’ Data Results in $3.9 million settlement

In what seems to be an aggressive enforcement strategy by HHS/OCR, Feinstein Institute for Medical Research has agreed to pay the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights (OCR) $3.9 million to settle potential violation of the HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules and

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HHS/OCR’s motion to impose civil money penalty on HIPAA violation is granted by administrative judge

Lincare, Inc., d/b/a United Medical, supplies respiratory care, infusion therapy, and medical equipment to patients in their homes. The estranged husband of one of its managers complained that his wife allowed him access to the “Protected Health Information” of Lincare patients, even though he was not authorized

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