Is your organization conducting proactive security audits by searching for instances of employees improperly accessing protected health information?
Healthcare organizations obviously have protected health information within their walls, but they often have a lot of it outside the walls, in the control of their business associates.
A lot of healthcare organizations understand that they need to start looking for a chief information security officer. While there are many good candidates in the industry, good picks can be found in other industry sectors, as well, says Heather Roszkowski, CISO at the University of Vermont Medical Center.
The Federal Communications Commission and Food and Drug Administration on March 31 held a workshop in Washington to discuss the role of wireless test beds in promoting medical technology innovation.
The National Institutes of Health has formed a team of experts to help chart the future course for President Obamas $215 million Precision Medicine Initiative.
Could legislation easily passed in the U.S. House that would replace the Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate payment formula for physiciansand implement significant new policies for health information technologybe in trouble in the Senate?
The U.S. House of Representatives on March 26 easily passed legislation to repeal and replace the Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate reimbursement mechanism for physicians. The bill did not include language to extend the ICD-10 deadline, as the Rules Committee report to the House floor forbid the adoption of amendments.
The White House and healthcare industry stakeholders on March 25 officially launched a new nationwide program to rapidly move away from fee-for-service payments and adopt value-based reimbursement methods.
Certain objectives and measures that could be reported via paper-based methods in Stages 1 and 2 of the electronic health records meaningful use program are phased out in the proposed Stage 3 rule released for review on March 20.
As with other stages of the electronic health records meaningful use program, the initial iteration of Stage 3 that was published as a proposed rule on March 20 includes an objective to protect electronic protected health information.
The U.S. House of Representatives on March 26 expects to vote on a Medicare physician reimbursement arrangement that would replace the current Sustainable Growth Rate formula. The bi-partisan bill being pushed by top leaders currently has no language that could lead to a further delay in the Oct. 1, 2015 ICD-10 compliance date. However, there is no guarantee that will hold.
A new study published online in the Journal of General Internal Medicine finds a correlation between how hospitals are rated on Facebooks five-star system and how well they performed on a widely-used measure of quality care.
Advantage Dental, serving more than 200,000 residents across Oregon through 30 clinics, notified 151,626 patients of a breach of protected health information within 30 days after an internal database was hacked.
The proposed Stage 3 Meaningful Use rule released March 20 received early mixed reviews from two stakeholder associations.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services had issued the proposed rule for Stage 3 of the electronic health records meaningful use program.