HIPAA Privacy And Security Final Rule Establishes A New Era For PHI Security
The enhanced set of protections finalized in the omnibus HIPAA privacy and security rule released Jan.17 now becomes the new baseline for anyone who handles health information. It doesn’t change meaningful use requirements, but combined, the two may drive more providers to protect patient data, according to privacy and security experts.
HIPAA Privacy And Security Final Rule: Perspectives From A Healthcare Lawyer
The omnibus HIPAA Privacy and Security final rule HHS released on Jan. 17 answered some questions, provided necessary guidance in certain areas — but some of the thorniest issues, data breach notification among those, are still cryptic enough that lawyers and privacy officers will still face difficult judgment calls every time a laptop is lost or stolen.
OCR Transforming Itself To An Enforcement Organization
I don’t do risk assessments; I assess risk,” said Sharon Finney, corporate data security officer at Adventist Health System, speaking at the December 2012 Healthcare IT News/HIMSS Media Privacy & Security Forum in Boston.
Medical Organizations Calling For Revisions To Proposed Stage 3 Meaningful Use Criteria
The American College of Physicians, the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society and Texas Medical Society have joined a growing chorus of organizations calling for revisions to proposed Stage 3 meaningful-use criteria and the way future standards for the federal electronic health-record incentive payment programs should be developed.
Best Practices For Rural Hospital EHR Implementation Success
Rural and community hospitals should develop an effective plan of action that unites IT departments, internal administration and clinical providers to have the best chance of meeting meaningful use now and in the future.
Once considered the leading edge of information technology, computerized physician order entry (CPOE) is now simmering on the back burner of healthcare priorities. While it is not forgotten, attention toward CPOE has been deflected in favor of other concerns, such as meaningful use, interoperability, RAC audits and ICD-10 coding projects.
CCHIT Announces Plans To Develop IT Framework For ACO’s
The Certification Commission for Health Information Technology (CCHIT) plans to develop an IT framework for accountable care organizations (ACOs). The framework will identify the health IT infrastructure components necessary for a provider organization to function effectively as an ACO and help identify any gaps that would prevent them from meeting their goals as an ACO.
Medicare and Medicaid electronic health record payments are estimated to have blasted through $10.3 billion to a total of 180,200 physicians and hospitals through December 2012 since the program’s inception. December’s payments of $1.25 billion were driven by the largest amount of hospital payments for an individual month, according to Robert Anthony, a specialist in CMS’ Office of eHealth Standards and Services.
The ONC Proposes Using EHR Certification Criteria For Patient Safety Event Reporting
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT wants to use electronic health record certification criteria to make it easier for physicians to report patient safety events, which provide critical raw data for developers, healthcare providers, researchers and policymakers to improve the safety of health IT and make care safer.
In considering whether to participate in a health information exchange, patients want to know whether their clinical information will be shared with their insurance company and whether their more sensitive information, in addition to routine patient information, will be included.