Archive for the EHR 2.0 Category

Enable a firewall on Windows and Mac OS X

To protect the healthcare practice network from the spread of viruses and malware, it’s recommended that all computers to have a firewall installed, enabled and configured to block malicious traffic. A firewall provides a layer of protection between your computer and the internet. It serves as a

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Another HIPAA penalty for not conducting organization-wide security risk analysis

The University of Washington Medicine (UWM) has agreed to settle charges that it potentially violated the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) Security Rule by failing to implement policies and procedures to prevent, detect, contain, and correct security violations. Affiliated covered entities must have

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Introduction to Security Risk Assessment ( SRA) for Meaningful Use and HIPAA Compliance

Whether enrolled in CMS Meaningful Use or falling under jurisdiction of HIPAA requirements, a thorough Risk Analysis/Assessment is a requirement to avoid penalties. During the process of claiming MU incentive payments, the organization must attest an SRA has been completed then would be forced to payback funds

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Secure Online Shopping Tips for Healthcare Practices

With online holiday shopping season underway, healthcare information security best practices need to be enforced as workforce handling patient data is actively engaged in online shopping as well. When making a purchase requiring account information, including credit cards or personal identification, users should be confident their computer

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Office of Inspector General of the Dept. of HHS to Review Nationwide Medicare Electronic Health Record Incentive Payments Made

Initial Information Request for Attestation Documentation is being sent to several Eligible Professionals   Office of Inspector General (OIG) is conducting an audit of Medicare electronic health record (EHR) incentive payments made to Eligible Professionals (EP) nationwide. The objective of OIG audit is to determine whether Medicare

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Breaking News……. HHS announces Proposed Rules on Stage 3 & 2015 Edition Certification Criteria

On 20 March 2015, CMS released a notice of proposed rule making (NPRM) for Stage 3, the next step in the implementation of the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs. Concurrently, ONC also announced the proposed 2015 Edition certification criteria for health IT products.

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New EHR Attestation Deadline for Medicare Eligible Professionals: March 20, 2015

As per an email sent by CMS, Eligible professionals now have until 11:59 pm ET on March 20, 2015, to attest to meaningful use for the Medicare Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program 2014 reporting year. CMS extended the deadline to allow providers extra time to submit

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2015 to be the “Year of the Healthcare Hack”

Security experts are warning the Healthcare Industry and Insurance companies that they are easy targets for cybercriminals. In the past few years, we have seen the frequency of cyber attacks in the healthcare sector go up rapidly and large amounts of health data or ePHI compromised. So

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7 strategies to help physicians prepare for a Meaningful Use Audit

How do you prepare for a Meaningful Use Audit? Read the 7 tips below: (1) Assume you will be audited and be prepared for it. Keep records of the registration/attestation processes and documentation for at least six years (2) Respond promptly after receiving an audit letter (3)

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Stage 2 Meaningful Use Attestation reporting period shortened by CMS

The Center of Medicare and Medicaid Services intention on 29 January 2015, to shorten the reporting period for Stage 2 Meaningful Use Attestation from 365 days to 90 days was well received and wildly applauded by the Industry. As per CMS’ blog post on 29 Jan 2015

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