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.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has announced that providers, clearinghouses, and billing agencies have successfully participated in the second ICD-10 end-to-end testing week, held April 27 through May 1.
Despite growing concerns about privacy and security, less than 1 in 10 patients withhold information from their providers. That is the finding of a recent national survey conducted by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT.
Though the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has taken steps to make the Medicaid enrollment process more rigorous and data-driven, gaps in beneficiary-eligibility verification guidance and data sharing continue to exist, according to the Government Accountability Office.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will make its data available to the private sector for the first time, the agencys acting administrator announced Tuesday in Washington.
The American Medical Association has joined a growing chorus of stakeholder groups calling on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to fix the Stage 2 electronic health records meaningful use program before advancing to Stage 3.
Doug Fridsma, M.D., president and CEO of the American Medical Informatics Association, has seen the future of health ITa future in which data, not documents, are at the core of the exchange of health information.
The opening of this weeks Health Datapalooza conference in Washington was the setting for a new Medicare data dump on physician and hospital inpatient/outpatient payment and utilization rates.
Many wonder whether they can absorb the growth in MU demands and the pace of change.
Robust information technologies and changes in revenue cycle procedures can set providers up to succeed.
Cooperation proves crucial as providers and payers enter the home stretch for the transition.
Susannah Fox is the new chief technology officer at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, succeeding Bryan Sivak, who left at the end of April after serving for nearly three years.
To address the challenges of electronic health records adoption, the American Medical Informatics Associations EHR-2020 Task Force has issued 10 recommendations for creating a person-centric, learning health system over the next five years.
Two-hospital Beacon Health System in South Bend, Indiana, is notifying about 220,000 patients following discovery of a phishing attack that accessed some employee email boxes as far back as November 2013.
David Chan, M.D., an assistant professor at Stanford School of Medicine, has received a National Institutes of Health Early Independence Award to study the impact of electronic health record clinical reminders on the quality of primary care. These reminders include a range of clinical messages for providers, from a simple prompt to write a prescription to more complex recommendations for follow-up testing and specialist referrals.
The American Hospital Association has urged the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services not to finalize the proposed Stage 3 electronic health records meaningful use rule. Rather, the association hopes CMS will focus on Stage 2 MU and accelerate the availability of mature standards and the infrastructure needed for health information exchange.