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EHR Meaningful Use Rules Finalized

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.

Patient Access to Health Information Remains a Challenge

Consumer access and use of electronic health information is growing. However, additional progress is needed in this area, particularly in increasing patient engagement, according to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT.

Calls for Stage 3 Delay Focus on New Medicare Payment System

At the center of efforts to delay finalization of the Stage 3 electronic health records rule are concerns about the way physicians will be paid or penalized under Medicare based on participation in the Meaningful Use program.

ONC Releases Final Nationwide Interoperability Roadmap

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.

OIG Faults OCR Breach Investigations

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.

WEDI Extends its ICD-10 Issue Reporting Database

The Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange has extended the availability of its ICD-10 Issue Reporting Database to help providers with the code transition. Launched in early 2014 to aid in compliance activities, the industry stakeholder group will continue operating the searchable database of industry-submitted questions answered by coding experts beyond the Oct. 1 ICD-10 compliance deadline.

AMA Seeks MU Hardship Exemption for Docs

Given that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has not finalized a rule to ease compliance with Stages 1 and 2 of the electronic health records Meaningful Use program, the American Medical Association is seeking an automatic hardship exemption for physicians who will not have the opportunity to successfully attest this year.

GE Healthcare to Analyze ICD-10 Payments for Clients

Health IT vendor GE Healthcare has built pattern recognition software to analyze for its clients how insurers are reimbursing providers for medical services under the new ICD-10 codes.

Facing a HIPAA Audit? Here is What Auditors Want

The HHS Office for Civil Rights, once again, is promising that its expanded HIPAA privacy/security/breach notification audit program will soon start.

Switching EHRs? How to Avoid Taking a Hit

As the rate of EHR adoption by hospitals increases, so does an unpleasant side effect: lost revenue because of disruptions related to system conversions. Avoiding these shortfalls and expediting a smooth transition during an electronic health record system deployment is a major challenge for hospital CFOs and financial officers.

Senator Alexander Throws Down Gauntlet on Stage 3 Rule Delay

Senate Health Committee Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) continues to threaten to use legislative powers to delay the release of the final rules for Stage 3 of the Meaningful Use electronic health records program until January 1, 2017.

Improving Proficiency and Performance with ICD-10

The era of ICD-10 has begun for the U.S. healthcare industry. Now comes the task of improving performance.

Top Health IT Purchases for Week of Sept. 28

New contract signings that health information technology vendors announced during the week of September 28.

A Hacker Identifies Glaring Holes in Network Security

Aaron Hayden is an information systems analyst with CliftonLarsonAllen, a large certified public accounting firm. Hes also an ethical hacker, one of 40 in the organization. And they are 100 percent successful hacking any business, except a bank.

ONC Draft Interoperability Standards Advisory Elicits Concern

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT has released a draft of the 2016 Interoperability Standards Advisory for public comment. However, industry observers contend that several standards and specifications in the draft advisory are not widely deployed in the healthcare industry and are unproven.

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