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HIPAA Security Risk Analysis: Fact or Fiction?

Posted in Meaningful Use, Security

Leading up to the recent compliance date for the Final HIPAA Rule, much was made about the need for providers to perform a security risk analysis.  Quite a bit of dialogue around the increased security compliance obligations centered on the security risk analysis as a foundational requirement of HIPAA.   Although this is not a new requirement, heightened… Continue Reading

EMR Privacy Issues Unique to Children

Posted in Behavioral Health, Children, Electronic Health Record

Many thanks to our colleague, Robin Canowitz, for submitting the following guest post. Implementing an Electronic Medical Record (“EMR”) brings many clinical and economic benefits to an institution.  These benefits, however, are accompanied a variety of unique HIPAA and other privacy challenges.  Questions often arise regarding who should have access to records, how to limit access… Continue Reading

Stage 2 Rule Eases Burdens on Medicaid Providers

Posted in Behavioral Health, Meaningful Use, Rulemaking

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”) Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs Stage 2 final rule (“Final Rule”) made two key changes which should benefit providers seeking Medicaid incentive payments:  (1) allowing more patient encounters to be included in satisfying the required patient volume threshold for eligible professionals; and (2) simplifying hospital reporting of… Continue Reading

Meaningful Use Stage 2 Requirements Now Final

Posted in Meaningful Use, Rulemaking

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”) has released its final rule for Stage 2 of the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (“EHR”) Incentive Programs.  The rule specifies criteria that eligible professionals and hospitals must meet in order to continue to receive incentive payments.  CMS has indicated that the final rule will be published in… Continue Reading

CMS Announces Proposed Stage 2 Meaningful Use Requirements

Posted in Rulemaking

On Thursday, February 23, 2012, CMS announced the proposed Stage 2 requirements for the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (“HER”) Incentive Programs.  See Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, Federal Register.  Under HITECH, eligible health care professionals (“EPs”), eligible hospitals and Critical Access Hospitals (collectively “hospitals”) can qualify for Medicare and Medicaid incentive payments when they… Continue Reading