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MGMA Advises New HHS Secretary on MACRA Implementation

February 14, 2017 - The Medical Group Management Association (MGMA) recently recommended MACRA implementation and other policy suggestions to the newly confirmed Secretary of Department of Health & Human Services.  In a letter to HHS Secretary Tom Price, MD, MGMA made suggestions regarding topics including administrative simplification, the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), alternative payment...

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Report Highlights Patient Role in Health Data Exchange

by Kate Monica

A recent Century Foundation report funded by an Open Society Foundations grant identifies several policy recommendations that emphasize the critical role of patients in health data exchange and information sharing. In the report, author Adam...

Lawsuit Questions Electronic Health Record Sharing Costs

by Sara Heath

With the advent of EHRs, the sharing of electronic medical records with patients has supposedly gotten easier. However, things get dicey when it comes to the price of procuring those records at the patient’s request. A recent class action...

New HHS rule grants patients direct access to lab results

by Nicole Freeman

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has announced a final rule that amends the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments of 1988 (CLIA) regulations allowing patients and patient-designated representatives access to laboratory test...

Health plan certification compliance to impact providers

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

A provision of the Accountable Care Act concerning the certification of compliance for health plans will have both a positive and negative impact on the healthcare industry, says healthcare lawyer Daniel Gottlieb, Partner at McDermott Will &...

AHA offers recommendations for NIST Cybersecurity Framework

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The American Hospital Association has issued comments in response to a request for comments on the preliminary cybersecurity framework developed by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), urging the latter to ensure that the...

Pundits offer predictions for healthcare, health IT in 2014

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Along with the holidays come the predictions for the upcoming. Prognosticators from IDC Health Insights and the Physicians Foundation have unveiled their forecasts for 2014, a year that should likely tax the resources of healthcare organizations...

Has Practice Fusion’s review site violated patient privacy?

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Up until now, the criticism received by Practice Fusion about its free EHR solution appears unwarranted considering the number of ambulatory care providers who have adopted the certified EHR technology. However, a new wave of criticism could...

OCR delays HIPAA omnibus rule enforcement for certain labs

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The Office for Civil Rights (OCR) is delaying the enforcement period for HIPAA-covered laboratories pertaining to the requirement of revising their notices of privacy practices (NPPs), as reported earlier by Patrick Ouellette on HealthITSecurity.com....

Two Mich. providers cut $4M deal with DoJ for alleged fraud

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) is the not the only federal agency reaching a multi-million dollar settlement this week. Earlier this week, managed care company WellPoint Inc. agreed to pay HHS $1.7 million for violating HIPAA...

EHR adoption, patient privacy causing buzz on Capitol Hill

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Health information technology has featured centrally in two scenarios playing out in Washington, DC. First, there’s the ongoing saga that is the Department of Defense’s decision to select an EHR system not named VistA. The decision...

What health IT is necessary to support accountable care?

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The development and use of a health IT framework for accountable care organizations (ACOs) will help minimize risks associated with forming these risk-based partnerships between healthcare organizations, providers, and payers, according to Certification...

Inefficient health IT costs hospitals $8.3 billion a year

by Jennifer Bresnick

New research by the Ponemon Institute shows that outdated and inefficient health IT and communications tools are costing hospitals money and wasting time for patients and physicians alike.  Poor WiFi connectivity, a reliance on old-fashioned...

What must providers do when their cloud-based EHR goes down?

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

As the name of the event denoted, the Hospital Cloud Forum put on by the Information Management Network (IMN) was primarily focused on the benefits of the cloud and cloud-based systems and services for their healthcare organizations and providers....

Final HIPAA omnibus rule now in effect

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

After its publication in January, the HIPAA omnibus final is now effective. The final rule was published back on Jan. 25 and in it the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) specified two important dates for covered entities, business...

HIPAA omnibus rule has implications for EHR, HIE, patients

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The long wait for the HIPAA omnibus file rule is over and has real implications for adopters of EHR systems and facilitators of health information exchange (HIE). Last night, the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) in conjunction with the Department...

ONC Tiger Team raises patient authentication issues

by Patrick Ouellette

Originally posted by Pat Ouellette via HealthITSecurity.com  The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) workgroup Privacy and Security Tiger Team is preparing for an Oct. 29 hearing on patient authentication...

Health data breach at Blount Memorial hospital

by Patrick Ouellette

Originally posted by Ashley Blume via HealthITSecurity.com A hospital laptop was stolen from the residence of a Blount Memorial employee on Aug. 25. Though the laptop was password protected, there was no encryption set up to further...

Are HIPAA Breach Fines Stiffer for ePHI Violations?

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

The 2010 theft of a laptop containing the protected health information of (PHI) 3,526 patients has resulted in a $1.5 million fine for Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary (MEEI) and prompted a response from the healthcare organization acknowledging...

HIPAA or patient ownership to safeguard health data?

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Patient ownership of health information would do little to enhance the confidentiality of and prevent nonconsensual access to personally identifiable medical data, concludes the author of recent paper in the American Medical Association (AMA)...



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