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The HHS Office for Civil Rights has fined Skagit County in Northwest Washington $215,000 for violations of the HIPAA privacy, security and breach notification rules.
ICD-10 expert John Berman of RelayHealth says Medicare acknowledgement testing of ICD-10 was the easy part with end-to-end testing on the horizon.
Republican Senators are asking the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for details on its new plan to grant hardship exemptions to health care providers who are struggling to comply with Stage 2 EHR meaningful use requirements.
The Government Accountability Office finds that performance measures in the meaningful use program are not being tracked to better assess outcomes.
The projected Department of Health and Human Services information technology budget will decrease by more than 10 percent next year under President Obama's spending plan sent to Congress.
Despite the acknowledged benefits of business intelligence (BI) systems, more than half of health care organizations have yet to implement them, according to a survey.
The American Telemedicine Association has asked the Department of Health and Human Services to "lift unnecessary restrictions on health care delivery that prohibits millions of Americans from accessing quality medical care."
From Kate Borten, president of HIT security consultancy the Marblehead Group, here are some security tips that may not be top of mind when taking a new look at an organizations security posture.
An 18-month study at HEALTHeLINK, the health information exchange serving western New York, finds more than 2,700 CT scans--10 percent of the total such scans of three parts of the body ordered during the period--were potentially unnecessary duplicate scans.
The HHS Office for Civil Rights has issued guidance on sharing health information on patients being treated for a mental health condition while complying with the HIPAA privacy rule.
A new task force at the Federal Communications Commission seeks to understand and reduce barriers to adoption of wireless technology in health care.
While 86 percent of surveyed health care CEOs believe technological change will transform their businesses over the next five years, only 25 percent have started or completed changes to make their companies more innovative.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services came under fire at a congressional hearing held March 4 on Medicare's continuing problems in combating waste, fraud and abuse.
A comprehensive literature review prepared for the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology by the RAND Corporation has found that the majority of new studies indicate that health I.T. "enabled significant gains in health care quality, but efficiency and safety were still the subjects of relatively little research."
Ambulatory software vendor Greenway Medical Technologies has acquired patient relationship management vendor PeopleLYNK to help physician practices enhance the enhancement and retainment of those they serve.