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.
Following the government shutdown, the Office of the National Coordinator has updated its Certified Health IT Product List database of software that complies with one or more electronic health records meaningful use requirements.
Health Management Associates will restate financial results for 2010 through the second quarter of 2013 after finding that 11 of its 71 hospitals received Medicare or Medicaid electronic health records incentive payments without meeting the meaningful use criteria.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has issued two new frequently asked questions about the electronic health records meaningful use program and updated two other questions. One question is particularly intriguing:
Health care organizations in Florida have been especially hard hit by criminal rings stealing health information to file false income tax returns and now 2,200 patients of the Florida Department of Health branch serving Orange County including the Orlando region have been victimized, along with about 1,300 other individuals.
A change being made in a specific requirement of the 2014 Edition of electronic health records meaningful use will make it far easier for dentists and their software vendors to comply.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will accept public comment through November 25 on two possible new clinical quality measures for eligible professionals under Stage 3 of the electronic health records meaningful use program.
AHMC Healthcare Inc. in Alhambra, Calif., has suffered a huge data breach and is notifying about 729,000 patients across its six hospitals after two unencrypted laptop computers were stolen in a burglary at an administrative office.
With revamped HIPAA privacy and security rules now in effect that include higher emphasis on conducting a security risk analysis, the federal HealthIT.gov Web site dispels 10 pieces of misinformation about what the rules really require:
Five health information technology vendors have recently received certification of products for meeting some or all of the requirements of revised Stage 1 and Stage 2 electronic health records meaningful use criteria, called the 2014 Edition.
With the government shutdown over, the HHS Office for Civil Rights, among other initiatives, is back at work expanding its audit program for compliance with the HIPAA privacy and security rules.
UCSF Medical Center in San Francisco has notified 3,541 patients of a breach of protected information after an unencrypted laptop was stolen from an employees vehicle.
CaroMont Health in Gastonia, N.C., has notified 1,310 patients that protected health information was in an unsecured email sent to a trusted source outside the organization.
Three health information technology vendors recently announced new accomplishments:
UnityPoint Health, formerly Iowa Health System, is notifying about 1,800 hospital patients after an unauthorized employee of a third-party vendor accessed its electronic health records system using passwords of authorized users.
St. Marys Janesville Hospital in Wisconsin is offering 629 patients identity protection services through ID Experts following a breach of protected health information.