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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

Stage 3 Meaningful Use Open for Comment

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The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (“ONC”)  has released a Request for Comments on a preliminary set of recommendations for Stage 3 of the Meaningful Use requirements, which are slated to go into effect in 2016. With its focus on improved outcomes, ONC envisions Stage 3 requirements as encouraging “a collaborative model of care… 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

CMS to Host Call on Meaningful Use Stage 2

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On Thursday, from 2:00 – 3:00 PM ET, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will host a call for providers to explain the new criteria for Stage 2 of the EHR Incentive Programs. According to CMS, the agenda will include the following topics: The extension to Stage 1 of meaningful use Changes to… 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

HITECH Meaningful Use: Optimization and Expansion

Posted in Behavioral Health, Legislation, Meaningful Use

The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (“HITECH”) made available an estimated $27 billion in federal incentive payments to medical professionals and hospitals when they adopt certified Electronic Health Records (“EHRs”) and demonstrate meaningful use of the EHRs.  Eligible Professionals (“EPs”) can receive as much as $44,000 through Medicare, or as much… Continue Reading