This section includes coverage of the federal governments EHR incentive program for health care providers under the meaningful use umbrella. Topics include: EHR certification news, incentive attestation updates and lessons learned from medical groups and hospitals seeking to participate.
Health Data Management asked healthcare CIOs, consultants and attorneys for comment on the tenure of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, who soon will resign after serving the nation for five years. Here is a snapshot of thoughts:
DMC Harper University Hospital in Detroit, part of nine-hospital Detroit Medical Center, has notified 1,087 patients that protected health information was discovered during a police investigation into identity theft.
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will host a Web seminar on March 26 to give insight on the role of nurse practitioners in the electronic health records meaningful use program.
Banner Health in Arizona has responded to a recent commentary I wrote on its response to a major breach of protected health information. Banner points out errors in the story and acknowledges missteps of its own. And I, the reporter, did make a crucial mistake.
The Health IT Policy Committee has approved scaled-down recommendations to the Department of Health and Human Services on criteria for Stage 3 of the electronic health records meaningful use program. The recommendations, which include 19 objectives for providers to comply with compared with 26 in an earlier version, will inform HHS in developing a proposed rule for Stage 3.
Lack of infrastructure and unforeseen or uncontrollable circumstances are not the only criteria the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will consider in granting hardship exemptions to health care providers who are struggling to comply with Stage 2 EHR meaningful use requirements.
Stolen computers from a billing firm for Los Angeles County has compromised protected health information for 168,000 health department patients.
The workloads that public health departments nationwide will be forced to grapple with under the electronic health records meaningful use program could double over the next year, according to a new study.
The ballyhooed incentive program has spurred widespread adoption of EHRs, but long-term prospects for 'meaningful use' remain fuzzy.
Someone once said that money can't make you happy, but it does let you suffer in comfort.
My physician sister cornered me and asked, "What are you doing to us (with meaningful use requirements)?"
Hillary Rodham Clinton thanked the crowd at HIMSS14 for their efforts to modernize Americas health care system to empower patients in a keynote address Wednesday afternoon.
A proposal for the 2015 Edition of electronic health record technology certification criteria was published today in the Federal Register by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT.
Five pillars of electronic health record implementation--adoption, standards, privacy/security, incentives, and governance--are required to ensure interoperability, according to Doug Fridsma, M.D., ONC's chief science officer and director of the Office of Science and Technology. Fridsma, a keynote speaker at a Feb. 23 HIMSS14 pre-conference symposia, argued that meaningful use Stages 1 and 2 have helped to promote medical data interoperability but much work remains to be done.
Three major health care provider associations are applauding Medicares decision to conduct at least limited end-to-end testing of ICD-10 this summer, but at the same time reminding the CMS of other concerns with its preparations.