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.
Lack of interoperability among data resources for electronic health records is a major hurdle to the unfettered exchange of information and development of a robust health data infrastructure.
GS1 Healthcare US, a supply chain standards development organization, has issued guidance for using the standards when implementing the new Unique Device Identification requirements for medical devices.
When federal agencies hold a three-day public meeting next month to get feedback from stakeholders on their health IT report, one technology area that will no doubt garner prominent discussion is mobile medical applications.
The risk-rating features of a new tool developed by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT to help healthcare providers in small to medium sized physician offices conduct security risk assessments (SRA) need improvement.
Anatomical pathology lab technology vendor NovoPath, Princeton, N.J., has introduced a customizable Web portal to help its customers provide direct patient access to lab reports.
Many providers have implemented or are considering the use of patient portals to assist in meeting meaningful use patient engagement criteria. Quest Diagnostics, which sells the Care360 suite of provider software, gives tips to physician practices for successful use of portals.
Im not really sure where the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is trying to go with the two-midnight rule, but I fear its backwards.
The federal government is confirming the dates and agenda for a three-day public meeting in May to get industry comment on a proposed strategy for regulating health information technology.
Federal officials often tout the supposed benefits of its Meaningful Use electronic health records program, namely that physician adoption of these EHRs in their practices is leading to improved healthcare delivery and outcomes. However, so far, the evidence doesn't appear to support the association between physician use of MU EHRs and quality of care.
About 85 percent of Medicare meaningful use early adopters have successfully attested for 2011, 2012 and 2013, according to the latest estimates from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The "very raw, gross" numbers of eligible professionals released at last week's Health IT Policy Committee meeting are based on data from the 2013 attestation period which ended on March 31.
It's not much--just a simple statement posted on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services website. However, it appears that CMS has broken its silence regarding the ICD-10 implementation delay.
The American Hospital Association and several delivery systems have filed two federal lawsuits challenging the two-midnight rule for hospitals, as well as a 0.2 percent payment cut in Medicare to offset alleged higher costs because of the rule.
In a recent blog posting, Kathleen LePar, vice president of strategic services at consultancy Beacon Partners, notes: We have been hearing for the last two years, If I only had enough time to implement ICD-10 correctly. Well, now you have the opportunity to do it right. LePar gives multiple examples of opportunities that stakeholders should take advantage of now that Congress has delayed the ICD-10 compliance deadline until at least October 2015.
Healthcare organizations were caught flat-footed by the one-year delay in the ICD-10 implementation deadline to October 2015, according to the finding of a new poll by the health services research arm of Deloitte LLP. The poll of 1,250 health professionals conducted during a recent Deloitte Center for Health Solutions webcast found that 58 percent of respondents were disappointed by the delay.
Threats to the security and privacy of patient data in the U.S. healthcare system are increasing, healthcare organizations continue to struggle with the increasingly complex federal and state privacy and security regulations, and many, if not most, providers have experienced a data breach.