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 Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General says information blocking may affect electronic health records safe harbor protections under the federal anti-kickback statute.
The healthcare industry hoped that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which accounts for one-third of the nations health insurance and mostly controls the rest of the healthcare industry, would have some idea of how healthcare organizations live and die outside of the Washington Beltway.
Representing 12 of the nations physician practice management vendors that serve more than 300,000 providers, the Healthcare Administrative Technology Association is pushing its members to become accredited for meeting best practices for business functions and technology prowess.
The nations healthcare industry may be in the crosshairs of cybercrime, but provisions in the Stage 3 electronic health records Meaningful Use final rule to secure electronic protected health information remain virtually unchanged from Stage 2.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in the final Stage 3 meaningful use rule is fully embracing application programming interfaces (APIs) for electronic health records to enable patients to view, download and transmit their health information, potentially replacing patient portals.
Sens. Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-La.) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) have introduced a bill to strengthen accountability and improve transparency in health information technology systems.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has released a massive final rule making modifications to Stages 1 and 2 of the Electronic Health Records Meaningful Use program, covering 2015 through 2017. The rule also finalizes Stage 3. What are the key takeaways? We distill the top things to know for healthcare IT executives.
Providers participating in the electronic health records Meaningful Use program during the next couple years will have far fewer objectives and measures to report under final rulemaking modifications to Stages 1 and 2.
Healthcare chief information officers see stiff challenges ahead in meeting obligations outlined in the final rules for the Meaningful Use program, released late Tuesday afternoon by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
As the final rulemaking modifications to Stages 1 and 2 of the electronic health records program languished, healthcare providers had been urgently asking for flexibility in EHR reporting periods to attest for Meaningful Use. With the final rule from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released yesterday, they got what they wanted.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on Tuesday released the final rule for Stage 3 of the electronic health records Meaningful Use program, garnering both praise and condemnation from stakeholders. But, with strong opposition to the regulations from some industry groups and lawmakers, as well as the opportunity for a 60-day public comment period, the rule may not stand in its current form.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has issued a 752-page final rule covering three components of the electronic health records Meaningful Use program. The rule finalizes modifications to Stages 1 and 2; the 2015 edition of electronic health records certification criteria; and Stage 3 of Meaningful Use.
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology today released its final Interoperability Roadmap laying out near-term, mid-term, and long-term goals to advance the safe and secure exchange of electronic health information nationwide.
Its interesting to see so much recent action theres been on an issue where politicians and clinical leaders traditionally feared to tread. But, not surprisingly, the effort is going down a technologically and politically tortuous path.
An audit of how well the HHS Office for Civil Rights follows up investigations of breaches of protected health information has found that OCR may not adequately consider the level of resources available to the agency.