Are you Aware of the Registration Deadlines for the EHR Incentive Programs?
The CMS wants to remind all eligible professionals, eligible hospitals, and critical access hospitals of the registration dates for the EHR (electronic health record) inventive programs. They also want to help them successfully register and start their path to payment for 2011. Registration Dates to Remember November 30, 2011 – last day for eligible hospitals …
Changes to HIPAA Rules: OCR Increasing Financial Penalties
Just a quick update that the OCR is looking at the possibility of increasing civil money penalties for violations of requirements to ensure that protected health information stays private and is secure. Those who are found in violation may face fines of up to $1.5 million in a single calendar year. You can read more …
Indiana University Health Data Breach Affects 3,000+
Ok my blog isn’t dedicated solely to reporting breaches but another breach hit the news. Here is a statement from Indiana University: http://medicine.iu.edu/research/clinical-trials/media-alert-faqs/ HIPAA Risk Analysis requires any PCs that move around (i.e. laptop) be encrypted. This is item #1 on risks using laptops with ePHI on them. Bitlocker anyone? A related article on the …
ePHI Patient Data Posted Online in Major Breach of Privacy at Stanford University Hospital
Failure to comply with HIPAA-compliance includes detection and notification procedures in the event of a breach. This is a nightmare scenario and illustrates the consequences of not having a comprehensive risk-management initiative. Read all about it on this New York Times article: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/09/us/09breach.html?_r=1&hp No one is immune from breaches – could the legal, financial and …
National Provider Call – September 9, 2011 Slide Deck and Q&A Summary
The CMS held an informative call on how to realize Meaningful Use incentives. Here is a post for those who were unable to make it. Here is the slide-deck: http://www.cms.gov/EHRIncentivePrograms/55_EducationalMaterials.asp#TopOfPage If you would like to request a summary of the Q&A discussion including useful information on dates, Dental, Optometrist qualifications, Audit strategies, etc., please contact …
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