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HHS begins enforcement of breach notification requirements

As of February 22, 2010, HHS is expected to begin enforcing the new breach notification requirements created by the privacy and security provisions within the HITECH Act.  Although such requirements went into effect last fall, HHS gave covered entities and business

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Rural providers cope with HIT staffing deficits

If compliance with ONC regulations is challenging for healthcare providers in urban areas, with high concentrations of IT professionals, it is especially challenging for rural providers where IT resources in the form of human capital are scarce.  The federal government’s

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Advocate Health Care already facing first lawsuit for July 15 breach involving 4 million EHR patient records

Chicago area Advocate Health Care suffered the country’s biggest health care record breach to date on July 15 – when four unencrypted laptops containing over four million patient records were stolen.  Seven weeks later the legal repercussions to July’s event

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Computer viruses in medical devices: who should bear the costs for combatting? FDA issues warning, takes action

Computer virus infections of medical devices continue to be a serious issue, keeping healthcare provider IT departments busy removing malware.  (See our October 2012 blog post “Computer viruses on hospital medical devices: a growing concern; possible solutions“).  The FDA has

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“Health IT Law” blogger Steven J. Fox featured in “Healthcare Informatics” article

Negotiating favorable contracts with IT vendors requires skill and determination on the part of healthcare providers, on a playing field that currently favors vendors.  Blawger Steven J. Fox and three healthcare IT leaders share their insights in this in-depth article. See

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Family doctor EHR use up although use varies by location

The Annals of Family Medicine reports that although use of electronic health records has not increased significantly in all regions, it has risen dramatically nationwide in the last few years. Via Modern Healthcare: The number of family physicians who have

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Mostashari urges HIT vendors to conduct themselves ethically

Farzad Mostashari, National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, believes most HIT vendors operate in good faith.  At a recent meeting, however, Mostashari stated that he will be testing organized peer pressure as a means of bringing more ethically problematic vendors into line,

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Breaking: HHS releases final rule on HITECH Act provisions

HHS has announced a long-awaited omnibus final rule that implements a number of provisions of the HITECH Act, enacted as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, commonly known as the “Stimulus Bill,” to strengthen the privacy

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Settlement of first small scale HIPAA breach announced by HHS

In a sign that HHS is serious about small data breaches, the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) and The Hospice of North Idaho reached a settlement agreement to resolve allegations of a 2010 breach involving 441 patient records. OCR Director Leon Rodriguez

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HHS Inspector General: Medicare EHR incentive program lacks adequate safeguards against error and fraud

The HHS Inspector General this week reported the results of its recent investigation to “verify the accuracy of professionals’ and hospitals’ self-reported meaningful-use information, as well as eligibility and payment amounts.”   The investigation reviewed payments issued from May through December

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3.8 million record breach in South Carolina: lessons learned

Hackers recently infiltrated South Carolina’s state tax records, absconding with the largest haul to date of Social Security numbers, credit and debit card numbers from a state agency. State officials describe how the theft was worked, and list enhanced security

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EHR access lost during Hurricane Sandy

Hurricane Sandy this week tested East Coast health care systems’ electronic infrastructure.  Emergency preparedness plans were implemented fairly successfully for most health care facilities, allowing them to continue to operate adequately.  Others, however, were negatively impacted, including some which lost access

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Computer viruses on hospital medical devices: a growing concern; possible solutions

Medical device security experts report increasing issues with computer viruses on hospital medical devices. Problem sources include inconsistent and/or incompatible security measures, as well as outdated operating systems. The Government Accounting Office has sounded the alarm, requesting the FDA to

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Computer viruses on hospital medical devices: a growing concern; possible solutions

Medical device security experts report increasing issues with computer viruses on hospital medical devices. Problem sources include inconsistent and/or incompatible security measures, as well as outdated operating systems. The Government Accounting Office has sounded the alarm, requesting the FDA to

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Health education information incomprehensible to many; HHS program to rate EHR-linked education materials for “understandability”

Health education materials provided to health care consumers until now have commonly assumed a fairly high level of “health literacy” – a level which, research has shown, makes the materials inaccessible to about 77 million people.  HHS’ new program addressing

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Sharing EHR notes between providers and patients improves care, patient loyalty among other benefits

According to Annals of Internal Medicine, a new study found no disadvantages to health care providers sharing EHR notes with patients. Via Kaiser Health News: Doctors are required by federal law to provide patients with a copy of their medical

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Laptop theft costs Massachusetts provider $1.5 million in HHS settlement

Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary and Massachusetts Eye and Ear Associates (MEEI) will be paying HHS $1.5 million in installments over three years for a 2010 incident.  It is worth noting that OCR also reached a $1.5 million settlement with

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OCR: Health records of over 7 percent of U.S. population breached in past 3 years

Health records of over seven percent of the U.S. population – almost 21 million individuals – have been breached in the past three years, according to OCR. Although it may be somewhat of an apples-to-oranges comparison, it is worth noting

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Majority of health care providers have entered electronic age

Over half of U.S. doctors now use electronic medical records, and half of the remainder plan to start in the coming year, a new poll has found. Via HealthDay: TUESDAY, July 17 (HealthDay News) — A majority of U.S. physicians

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Patient-accessible electronic medical records may increase preventive care

Patients increased their preventive care significantly after being given access to their medical records online in a recent study.  These health care consumers’ use of preventive care measures such as cancer screenings, and immunizations, were higher than those of consumers

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Health care system mergers slow transition to electronic medical records

The mounting economic challenges and the uncertain regulatory environment ensure that the pace of mergers in the healthcare industry will continue to accelerate, at the same time as the industry is moving into the digital age.  Converting a single health

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HHS issues proposed rules on Stage 2 of Meaningful Use

On February 24, 2012, Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Office of National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) issued proposed rules regarding Stage 2 of Meaningful Use. The proposed rules include the criteria for demonstrating Stage 2 Meaningful Use,

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Data mining by hospitals may be profitable, but not risk-free

The USA Today published a story yesterday about a few hospitals using aggregated consumer data for marketing of such hospitals’ most lucrative services. The article describes several instances where such direct marketing efforts yielded significant profits for the hospitals. We see

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HHS extends Stage 2 Meaningful Use deadline to 2014

HHS announced today that the government intends to make it easier for healthcare providers to adopt electronic health records (EHRs).  As part of this initiative, HHS decided to extend the deadline for meeting Stage 2 of Meaningful Use until 2014.

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Study: Most data breaches are caused by insiders

A survey by Veriphyr, a provider of identity and access intelligence solutions, found that insiders were responsible for over 60% of data breaches of protected health information (PHI). Specifically, 35% of the PHI breaches were due to insiders’ snooping into

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HHS advisory panel recommends delaying Stage 2 Meaningful Use until 2014

The HIT Policy Committee, which advises the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT in the Department of Health and Human Services, voted 12-5 to approve a significant delay in requiring providers to meet Stage 2 Meaningful Use until

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Updates to privacy and security regulations expected soon

According to Healthcareinfosecurity.com, the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) is still working on the final rule regarding the updates to HIPAA and the related HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules mandated by the HITECH Act. Susan McAndrew, deputy director for health information privacy

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HealthNet breach affects 1.9 million individuals

HealthNet, a California-based insurer, suffered another major data breach last month. Modern Healthcare reports that HealthNet lost data of almost two million employees, members and healthcare providers, including their medical information, Social Security numbers and other sensitive information. The loss

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New York City hospitals suffer enormous data breach

New York City’s Health and Hospital Corporation notified its patients last week of a loss of electronic files containing personal data, including PHI of some 1.7 million people. Electronic files were stolen while the information management company’s van was left

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GOP bill proposes repeal of HITECH Act

Via Healthcare IT News: The Spending Reduction Act of 2011 (H.R. 408), introduced on January 24 by Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), seeks to reduce federal spending by $2.5 trillion over the coming decade. As it does so, it singles out

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Study: Data Breaches Cost U.S. Hospitals Billions

A new study by the Ponemon Institute concluded that data breaches cause enormous losses for U.S. hospitals:  on average, over a two-year period, each hospital will incur about $2 million in losses due to data breaches, which results in $12

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Our column in Government Health IT on RECs and HIT contracts

Government Health IT published a column by Steve Fox and yours truly on the critical role Regional Extension Centers (RECs) can and should play in distributing best practices regarding contracting for health IT systems, including EHRs.  Via Government Health IT:

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Steve Fox interviewed by InformationWeek about EHR contracts

Our own Steve Fox was interviewed by InformationWeek regarding the essential protections healthcare providers should include in their EHR contracts with health IT  vendors.  In particular, Steve warned providers against simply accepting vendor agreements without carefully reviewing and negotiating the key

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CMS launches web site for incentive payment programs

CMS launched a very useful Web site, http://www.cms.gov/EHRIncentiveprograms, providing an overview of the Medicaid and Medicare incentive payment programs established by the HITECH Act.  The site provides up-to-date, detailed information and many important links and “fact sheets” about the incentive programs, including

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Final breach notification rules delayed

On August 19, 2009, pursuant to the HITECH Act, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published the interim final regulations regarding breach notification requirements for health care providers and other entities covered by HIPAA. The rule became effective

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CMS issues final rules on Meaningful Use

On July 13, 2010, CMS issued the final rule defining “meaningful use” and establishing the parameters and requirements for eligible professionals, hospitals and other providers to receive incentive payments provided under the HITECH Act for widespread adoption of electronic health records.  According

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HHS issues NPRM on HIPAA Privacy, Security and Enforcement Rules

On July 7, 2010, HHS issued a notice of proposed rule making (NPRM) regarding the changes to the HIPAA Privacy, Security and Enforcement Rules, as provided in the HITECH Act, in order “to strengthen the privacy and security protections for health information and to

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CMS plans to integrate quality reporting programs under Medicare and HITECH Act

As required in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced this week that it plans to integrate the quality reporting requirements for physicians’ Medicare payments with reporting requirements for healthcare providers who

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Updated: breaches and fines on the rise

The number of reported health information breaches is growing rapidly: 32 breaches were reported on the OCR web site from September 2009 to February 2010, but the number almost tripled, to 93 breaches, by June 11, 2010.  Such significant increases in reported

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Allscripts and Eclipsys announce $1.3B merger

Allscripts and Eclipsys announced a $1.3 billion merger, which someanalysts tout as a match “made in heaven” due to Allscripts’s strength in the ambulatory space and Eclipsys’s strength on the acute side.  The merger is expected to be completed in four

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ONC approves Maryland’s HIT plan

On June 7, 2010, Maryland’s Lt. Governor Anthony Brownannounced that the Office of National Coordinator for Health IT approved Maryland’s State Health IT plan, allowing the state to move forward to implement a functional health information exchange (HIE).  According to the Washington

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Study: 94% of healthcare businesses not in substantial compliance with HITECH and HIPAA

A new survey by the Ponemon Institute, an organization dedicated to advancing responsible information and privacy management practices, found that almost all surveyed organizations did not substantially comply with HIPAA, including as modified by the HITECH Act.  The survey was conducted

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OCR adds investigators to boost security rule enforcement

According to Health Data Management, Susan McAndrew, deputy director for privacy at the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights (OCR) announced at a recent conference that OCR added investigators to 10 regional offices in order to

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In the news: medical ID theft on the rise; CHIME comments on meaningful; and more

Javelin Strategy & Research survey found over 275,000 cases of medical identity theft in 2009, with an average price tag greater than $12,000 per incident.  This is twice as many cases as in 2008.  Keeping health information safe is going to

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Slides from webinar on negotiating “must-have” provisions in HIT contracts

Last Thursday, March 18, 2010, from 1:00PM to 2:00PM (EDT), Post & Schell hosted the second webinar in a series examining the effects of meaningful use and other HITECH Act regulations on the healthcare industry. The webinar focused on identifying and negotiating

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OCR delays enforcement of certain HITECH provisions

In a much-anticipated move, the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) within the Department of Health and Human Services has issued an update regarding delays of certain HITECH provisions, while confirming enforcement of others.  Via OCR press release:       OCR will

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Steve Fox Interviewed on Negotiating EHR Agreements

As if foreshadowing our upcoming webinar on negotiating EHR license agreements in the post-HITECH world, For the Record interviewed our own Steve Fox on this very subject in its February 15, 2010 cover story:       Steve Fox, senior partner and chair

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Free Webinar on Meaningful Use: Slides included below

Here are the slides from  our February 25, 2010 Webinar on Meaningful Use.  This webinar was first in a series, and focused on the critical definition of “meaningful use” of “certified EHR technology,” as described in proposed regulations released and

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Thursday: Free Webinar on “Meaningful Use”

On Thursday, February 25, 2010 from 1:00PM to 2:00PM (EST), Steve Fox and yours truly will host a free webinar, the first in a series, which will focus on the critical definition of “meaningful use” of “certified EHR technology,” as described

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Pritts named first ONC Chief Privacy Officer

Joy Pritts, a researcher and faculty member at Georgetown University’s Health Policy Institute, was named as the first Chief Privacy Officer for the Office of National Coordinator for Health IT.  This position was created pursuant to a provision in ARRA,

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Obama administration announces $975M in HIT grants

HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, appearing with Labor Secretary Hilda Solis, announced the Obama administration will release almost $1 billion set aside in the stimulus bill in order to aid implementation of health information technology. Secretary Sebelius announced $386 million in grants

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Rising numbers and costs of data breaches

There is little doubt that the healthcare industry must prepare for a growing number of – and expanding costs associated with – data breaches, particularly for breaches of protected health information.  Here are just a few notable reports on this

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Negotiating vendor-financed EMR transactions

Ingenix, the technology unit of United Health Group, and Allscripts-Misys Healthcare Solutions joined Siemens, GE Healthcare and IBM in offering financing for purchasers of electronic medical record technology.   This continues the trend of vendors offering interest-free financing until healthcare

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GE and Siemens provide new financing options for Health IT purchases

On the eve of HHS releasing the much-anticipated definition of “meaningful use,” health IT divisions of GE and Siemens revealed new financing options for purchases of their EMR and other HIT products. On December 16, 2009, Siemens followed IBM and GE in offering

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Timely advice: Begin preparations for “meaningful use” now

Our collaborator and friend James Oakes, a Principal at Health Care Information Consultants, LLC in Baltimore, Md., authored a wise and timely call for action for healthcare providers hoping to capitalize on the incentive payments for meaningful use of certified EHR technology

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New York Times interviews David Blumenthal

David Pogue, a reporter for the New York Times, posted the transcript of his interview with Dr. David Blumenthal, National Coordinator for Health IT. Mr. Pogue interviewed Dr. Blumenthal for a CBS news report on digitization of healthcare in America

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CBS News reports on EHR efforts

By popular demand, here is the video of David Pogue’s report on the Obama Administration’s efforts to digitize patient records in the U.S. Watch Video

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A note of caution about vendor guarantees on “meaningful use”

According to Modern Healthcare, several HIT vendors, including GE Healthcare, NextGen Healthcare Information Systems, and Athenahealth, will guarantee that their EHR products will meet or “evolve to meet” the federal requirements for “meaningful use,” even though such requirements have not been promulgated yet by

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PWC Survey Findings May Support North Shore’s EMR Gamble

The New York Times reported last week that the North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System (North Shore) will offer its 7,000 affiliated (though not employed by North Shore) physicians subsidies for implementing electronic health records.  Interestingly, this subsidy does not include

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In the news: Blumenthal on “meaningful use,” new health information management jobs, etc.

According to Modern Healthcare, several HIT vendors, including GE Healthcare, NextGen Healthcare Information Systems, and Athenahealth, will guarantee that their EHR products will meet or “evolve to meet” the federal requirements for “meaningful use,” even though such requirements have not been promulgated yet by

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HIT Standards Committee endorses privacy and security standards

On September 15, 2009, the HIT Standards Committee endorsed a set of privacy and security standards for electronic health record systems. These standards will be recommended to Dr. David Blumenthal, the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, as a basis for

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HHS News: Interim Final Regulations on Breach Notification; Regional Office Privacy Advisors

On August 19, 2009, pursuant to the HITECH Act, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) published the interim final regulations regarding breach notification requirements for health care providers and other entities covered by HIPAA. According to the HHS press release:

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Government Health IT: CCHIT to serve temporarily as sole EHR certifier

Via Government Health IT: The federal Health IT Policy Committee today endorsed recommendations that would leave the Certification Commission for Health IT in the short term as the sole organization authorized to certify health IT systems that qualified for funding

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Maryland awards $10M for CRISP, a health IT exchange

The State of Maryland awarded $10 million to support the Chesapeake Regional Information System for our Patients (CRISP), a newly created health information technology exchange organization.  Some of  the biggest players in Maryland’s health care industry, including Johns Hopkins, MedStar and

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New York Times reports on privacy concerns about use of de-identified health information

The New York Times reported on Americans’ growing concern regarding commercial use of their personal health information, especially the use of re-identified prescription drugs information for marketing purposes. The article points out correctly that the Recovery Act of 2009 (ARRA)

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EHR Market to reach $1.6BN in 2013

Healthcare IT News reports that a new study projects that the market for electronic health records related equipment and software will reach $1.6 billion in 2013, which is almost three times more than last year’s value.  EHR market was estimated at $575

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Steve Fox featured in For the Record’s May 2009 Cover Story

Steve Fox was interviewed in this month’s Cover Story “The Big Push“, inFor the Record, a biweekly  magazine for health information management professionals, regarding the incentives and challenges of EHR adoption.  On incentives included in the HITECH Act, Steve argued that: “it’s almost crazy not

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This just in: New HHS guidance about securing protected information

From HHS: On April 17, 2009, HHS issued guidance specifying the technologies and methodologies that render protected health information unusable, unreadable, or indecipherable to unauthorized individuals, as required by the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act

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Update: Healthcare Informatics Interviews Steve Fox and Ed Shay about the HITECH Act, Parts III and IV

Healthcare Informatics Editor-in-Chief Anthony Guerra recently talked with our own Steve Fox and fellow Post & Schell partner Edward Shay about the substance of the HITECH Act and what this new legislation means for healthcare providers. The interview appears under

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NCVHS issues summary of its hearing on “meaningful use”

The National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics (NCVHS) held a public meeting on April 28-29, 2009 in Washington, DC to help define and clarify the term “meaningful use” with respect to such term’s use under the HITECH Act. NCVHS provided a

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Debate on EHR Savings Rages at Harvard

A battle royal rages on among various Harvard physicians about the effects of a widespread adoption of EHR technology.  In a Wall Street Journal op-ed, two Harvard doctors questioned President Obama’s claim that nationwide adoption of EHR technology will save the taxpayers

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Healthcare Informatics Interviews Steve Fox and Ed Shay about the HITECH Act

Healthcare Informatics Editor-in-Chief Anthony Guerra recently talked with our own Steve Fox and fellow Post & Schell partner Edward Shay about the substance of the HITECH Act and what this new legislation means for healthcare providers.  The interview appears under the “Online

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HHS releases Recovery Act Implementation Plans

On May 15, 2009, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released Recovery Act implementation plans: HHS is moving quickly and carefully to award Recovery Act funds in an open and transparent manner that will achieve the objectives

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Washington Post examines HIMSS role in securing HIT stimulus funding

The Washington Post provides an interesting behind-the-scenes account of how the funds for electronic health records adoption were included into the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, commonly known as the stimulus bill.  Health Information and Management System Society (HIMSS)

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UPDATED: ARRA Includes Major Changes to Healthcare Privacy Law

The HITECH Act includes a number of provisions regarding confidentiality, privacy and security of protected health information, which significantly affect both the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) and the HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules. The Act

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HITECH Act Will Benefit Higher-Ed Institutions

HHS may award grants to eligible institutions “to carry out demonstration projects to develop academic curricula integrating certified EHR technology in the clinical education of health professionals.” Eligible institutions are limited to: a school of medicine, osteopathic medicine, dentistry, or

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HITECH Act Will Benefit Physician Practices

Physician practices are eligible to receive up to $44,000 per physician for meaningful use of certified EHR technology. Up to $18,000 for the first year (dropping to $15,000 if first year is not 2011 or 2012); $12,000 for the second

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UPDATED: HITECH Act will Benefit Hospitals

Each eligible hospital (a “subsection (d) hospital,” as defined under 42 U.S.C. §1395ww(d)(1)(B)) which does not include psychiatric hospitals, rehabilitation hospitals, children’s hospitals or long term care hospitals) that achieves “meaningful” EHR use may qualify to receive from Medicare an

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