In a surprise move, the House of Representatives approved an SGR fix bill that includes a delay to mandatory ICD-10 implementation until Oct, 2015. But not before a public display of political maneuvering that left many wondering if the bill was being rushed.
Texas DIR Cloud Services Contract Awarded To Environmental Intelligence, LLC
Environmental Intelligence, LLC (EI), has been awarded a contract by the Texas Department of Information Resources (DIR) to provide Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and Cloud Broker services to state agencies and eligible customers across Texas.
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Recent HIPAA Settlements Points To Unencrypted Laptop Thefts
Concentra Health Services, Addison, Texas, a subsidiary of Humana and a provider of occupational medicine and other health services, has agreed to pay the Office for Civil Rights more than $1.7 million in a federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act privacy and security rule settlement, the HHS agency announced.
The Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights will resume its HIPAA compliance audit program this fall with a limited number of narrowly focused “desk audits,” plus comprehensive on-site audits “as resources allow.”
Texas Launches Certification Program To Bolster HIPAA Compliance
A new voluntary privacy and security certification program for covered entities in Texas aims to bolster compliance with HIPAA and state regulations – and perhaps help organizations avoid federal sanctions.
The early adopters and even the late followers appear to have already joined the federal EHR incentive payment program and the holdouts or those not successfully participating are shaping up to be a significant number of providers, the latest CMS data indicate.
A new law that delays national implementation of the next-generation medical coding system known as ICD-10 has focused intense attention on the CMS to provide clarity for how hospitals, doctors and insurance companies should move forward.
Karen DeSalvo, MD, the national coordinator for health information technology, has proposed that ONC become “more forward-thinking.”
At an April 8 Health Information Policy Committee, which she chairs, she urged the panel to consider what needs to change.
Dr. Karen DeSalvo is a woman in transition.
As the fifth head of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, just four months into the job, she will oversee the winding down of many programs started and run by her two predecessors.