The highly regulated health care industry must contend with an ever-changing array of mandates from the state and federal governments. In this section, stories cover a broad range of laws that affect privacy and security of health information, the use of medical devices, and initiatives requiring data reporting for quality purposes. In addition, health care reform topics such as accountable care organizations and health insurance exchanges are covered here.
Just-released guidance from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services walks providers, clearinghouses, suppliers and billing firms through preparing claims for ICD-10 end-to-end testing with Medicare.
Thirty members of Congress28 Republicans and two Democratshave sent a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell urging a shortened 90-day EHR reporting period in 2015.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has tapped researchers at Johns Hopkins University and the Palo Alto Medical Foundation Research Institute for a two-year study that will analyze factors that determine underuse of generic drugs.
The American Medical Association issued a statement Dec. 17 that the physician group is appalled by an announcement from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services that more than 50 percent of eligible professionals will face penalties under the Meaningful Use program in 2015.
The Electronic Health Record Association does not support Congress call for the decertification of EHR products that block the sharing of health information, included in report language accompanying the fiscal year 2015 omnibus appropriations bill.
The donation to childrens art projects of compact discs that were no longer needed has caused a breach of protected health information at Virginia Commonwealth University Health System.
Draft guidance from the government, being released for public comment, offer an early model for metrics that government agencies, businesses and other organizations could use as they select an appropriate cloud computing vendor partner.
Kamarian Millender, a laboratory technician formerly employed at Flowers Hospital in Dothan, Ala., has been fined and sentenced to two years in prison for his role in an identity theft ring.
The fiscal year 2015 Omnibus Appropriations bill passed by Congress includes legislative language directing the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT to decertify electronic health record products that are effectively blocking the sharing of health information.
While the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has expanded the availability of federal funds to states for costs associated with changes to Medicaid eligibility IT systems, implementation challenges remain.
Members of the American Medical Association had hoped that Reps. Pete Sessions and Fred Upton, chairs of the powerful House Energy & Commerce and Rules Committees, would put language extending the ICD-10 deadline for two years into the omnibus federal spending bill.
Passage of HITECH and the Affordable Care Act marked the advent of the era of accountable care and its foundational initiative, population health management, which relies heavily on HIT systems to communicate with each other and accurately identify patients as they move across a care continuum.
The fiscal 2015 federal appropriations budget being finalized by Congress contains funds for numerous health information technology initiatives under the Department Veterans Affairs, Office of the National Coordinator for HIT and for rural health, among other entities.
CynergisTek, a health information technology security consultancy, is offering a full-scale mock audit for HIPAA privacy, security and breach notification compliance to prepare covered entities for real audits from the HHS Office for Civil Rights.
The House Energy and Commerce Committee on Dec. 10 issued a statement that it is prepared to hold a congressional hearing on ICD-10 in the New Year.