Stage 2 MU – AMA Says Providers Face Measures They Can’t Control
It has been a week since the release of the Stage 2 meaningful use final rule, with many groups and experts only beginning to resurface from studying the 700 or so pages that will define how eligible providers in the Medicare and Medicaid electronic health record incentive program can qualify for incentive payments.
It’s confirmed. Electronic health records can indeed yield marked savings for hospitals, according to a new study by the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University that finds these savings depend on both the IT prowess of hospital staff and the institution’s proximity to IT-dense locations.
EHR Data Sharing Test Complies with Patient Privacy Laws
The Department Veterans Affairs and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration have demonstrated how to securely share sensitive health information via electronic health records (EHRs).
Hospital Organizations Respond To HHS Concerns Over EHRs Fraud
Hospital organizations are responding to a stern letter sent Sept. 24 by U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, which warns against using electronic health records to artificially inflate Medicare and Medicaid payments.
MBAN Final Rule Positions Telemedicine To Become The Next Universal Best Practice in Healthcare
It’s official. On Tuesday, September 11, 2012 The Federal Communication Commission (FCC) released a final rule that officially allocates wireless spectrum for the development and deployment of mobile body area networks (MBANs).
World Renowned Cancer Center Reports Third PHI Data Breach in 2012
The MD Anderson Cancer Center at the University of Texas has sent letters to about 2,200 patients whose unencrypted medical records may have been compromised on a lost thumb drive. It’s the third possible data breach this year for the center.
CMS EHR Incentives Approaching Seven Billion In Payments
Medicare and Medicaid electronic health records payments are approaching $7 billion since the program’s beginning, with $6.9 billion paid out to 143,800 physicians and hospitals in total program estimates through the end of August.
ONC Chief States No Hard Cap With CMS EHR Incentive Program Payments
There are no set appropriations for how much the federal government can spend on rewarding providers who adopt and use electronic health records under the Medicare and Medicaid meaningful use EHR incentive program, according to National Coordinator for Health IT Farzad Mostashari, MD.
Even though the new regime for testing and certifying electronic health-record systems under the federal EHR incentive program won’t take effect until October—and testing against newly released criteria might not begin until year’s end—federal authorities have given five organizations the OK to certify software for that program.
HHS Final Rule To Boost Standardization With Introduction of HPID
HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced Friday a final rule establishing a health plan identifier (HPID), that officials say will boost standardization within HIPAA transactions and increase the efficiency of health billing processes.
ONC To Launch Privacy And Security Training Video Game
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology and the Health Resources and Services Administration at HHS have produced a video game for training healthcare professionals and staff about their privacy and security responsibilities.
ONC Chief Addresses HIE and Interoperability Of EHRs
The capability to exchange health information that is structured and coded in standard format must exist across vendor products – and not just within single vendor EHRs within a large provider system – for true interoperability, says Farzad Mostashari, MD.