Health IT Groups Cautiously Praise Stage Meaningful Use Delay
Information technology groups offered cautious praise to the CMS for extending Stage 2 of the electronic health record incentive payment program to three years and pushing back the start of Stage 3 until at least 2017. But they also asked for increased flexibility for healthcare providers.
Healthcare Leaders React To ONC’s New Chief Appointment
HHS appointed a new chief to head the Office of the National Coordinator on Thursday, and so far the decision has been lauded by industry leaders.
Karen DeSalvo, MD, current health commissioner of New Orleans, will be taking the ONC reins Jan. 13, replacing acting national coordinator Jacob Reider. She is the first woman to serve in this role.
Executive Reaction To The Stage 2 Meaningful Use Extension
It’s official. Hospitals and healthcare providers nationwide may get a little more time with meaningful use requirements after CMS proposed Friday extending the Stage 2 deadline to 2016 – a decision that has many health IT officials breathing big sighs of relief.
The Financial Impact Of The Meaningful Use Stage 2 Extension
The decision by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to push back by one year the deadline for compliance with meaningful use stage 2 is good news for hospitals and physician practices. Many providers have had trouble marshalling adequate financial resources toward meeting even the stage 1 deadline on implementation of electronic health records.
PHI Data Breaches Makes Top Five Security Concerns For 2014
Every year, Coalfire, an IT governance, risk and compliance firm, names its top 5 information security and compliance predictions for the new year. And this time around, healthcare data breaches made the cut.
Five Best Practices For Medical Organizations To Protect Against PHI Breaches
Health information technology continues to be acquired and implemented by medical organizations all throughout the United States at historic levels. This significant trend in health IT adoption can be attributed to the myriad of government initiatives and polices currently in place to promote the use of health IT. As accessibility to patient information continues to increase, so does the risk of protected health information breaches.
A joint CMS and ONC blog post today divulges the government’s intentions to extend the timeline for meaningful use Stages 2 and 3.
“Under the revised schedule, Stage 2 would be extended through 2016 and Stage 3 would begin in 2017 for those providers that have completed at least two years in Stage 2,” explained acting national coordinator Jacob Reider, MD, and Rod Tagalicod, director of the CMS office of health standards and services.
As providers ready for meaningful use Stage 2 attestation and policymakers start designing Stage 3, CMS announced that the Medicare and Medicaid EHR incentive programs have paid out just shy of $17 billion to spur adoption thus far.
The Department of Health and Human Services has a few glaring management and performance issues it needs to work out in the coming year — at least according to a new report put out by the Office of Inspector General.
It’s an ironic story. The Office for Civil Rights, the division of HHS responsible for investigating HIPAA privacy and security violations, is now facing scrutiny after its own security practices failed to meet federal requirements.