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Negotiating EHR Technology Contracts

Physicians and other healthcare providers continue to spend significant sums on new technology, including EHR and practice management systems, IT consultants, new medical equipment, etc.  Despite vendor promises, technology does not always live up to expectations or those oral promises.  Only a well negotiated technology contract will

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Cancer Care Group to pay $750,000 for HIPAA settlement

Cancer Care Group, P.C. agreed to settle potential violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Privacy and Security Rules with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office for Civil Rights (OCR). Cancer Care paid $750,000 and will adopt a robust corrective

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Patch Released for “Smart Car” Security Flaw – Considerations for Medical Devices

A patch has been released for the security flaw recently identified in certain computerized vehicles, which potentially allows outside attackers to control critical functions of the car. Workers in the healthcare field should be familiar with similar scenarios for medical devices, which also may endanger customers’ lives.

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Professional Football Player’s Medical Records Released Without Authorization

In recent weeks the most widely covered Health Information Technology (HIT) case involved an offseason injury to an athlete, where a news source publicly released Protected Health Information (PHI). Healthcare practices and employees are required to keep medical information confidential, unless there is a formal request to

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Are You Sharing Your ePHI Over Encrypted Networks and Applications?

Because there is yet another major data breach from a practice which was not… It is troubling  to still find so many healthcare organizations not adequately securing their ePHI. The case in point this time is St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center (SEMC) in Brighton, MA. On July 08

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Proposal to Initiate Private/Anonymous Medical Services

With Electronic Health Records facilitating access to medical files worldwide, Protected Health Information is now exposed to greater risk of wide scale data breach. Over 30 million records have been compromised since 2009, and firms can be 100% in compliance with legal regulations yet still at risk.

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CMS & ONC needs your comments for their new proposed rules for Stage 3 EHR Incentive program

This Stage 3 proposed rule would specify the meaningful use criteria that eligible professionals (EPs), eligible hospitals, and critical access hospitals (CAHs) must meet in order to qualify for Medicare and Medicaid electronic health record (EHR) incentive payments and avoid downward payment adjustments under Medicare for Stage

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Documentation Requirements for Home Health

High quality documentation is increasingly being demanded by CMS and is the key to an agency’s success…now and in an ICD-10 environment. Learn how to maintain a compliant medical record, including eligibility criteria, the requirements for homebound, the face-to-face encounter, and physician orders, as well as the

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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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Getting Started with ICD-10 CM Implementation for Small Practices

This webinar will give you an overview of steps your practice should take to ensure you are compliant and ready for the ICD-10 CM implementation. The new code set is scheduled for implementation on October 1, 2015. Learn best practices and strategies to get you started and

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