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Texas Launches Certification Program To Bolster HIPAA Compliance

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A new voluntary privacy and security certification program for covered entities in Texas aims to bolster compliance with HIPAA and state regulations – and perhaps help organizations avoid federal sanctions. The Texas Health Services Authority developed the new Texas Covered … Continue reading

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ONC Chief’s Perspectives On Patient Privacy and Security

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Privacy and security are vital components of all major projects that the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT has under way, says Karen DeSalvo, M.D., the new head of the office. “We consider privacy and security an important … Continue reading

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ONC Chief DeSalvo Charts New Course

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Karen DeSalvo, MD, the national coordinator for health information technology, has proposed that ONC become “more forward-thinking.” At an April 8 Health Information Policy Committee, which she chairs, she urged the panel to consider what needs to change. DeSalvo suggested … Continue reading

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Recent HIPAA Settlements Points To Unencrypted Laptop Thefts

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Concentra Health Services, Addison, Texas, a subsidiary of Humana and a provider of occupational medicine and other health services, has agreed to pay the Office for Civil Rights more than $1.7 million in a federal Health Insurance Portability and Accountability … Continue reading

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OCR Releases Details On Future HIPAA Audits

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The Department of Health and Human Services’ Office for Civil Rights will resume its HIPAA compliance audit program this fall with a limited number of narrowly focused “desk audits,” plus comprehensive on-site audits “as resources allow.” In contrast, the first, … Continue reading

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ONC Chief Vision Of An Interoperable Future

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Dr. Karen DeSalvo is a woman in transition. As the fifth head of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, just four months into the job, she will oversee the winding down of many programs started and … Continue reading

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CMS Reports EHR Adpotion Drop In March

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The early adopters and even the late followers appear to have already joined the federal EHR incentive payment program and the holdouts or those not successfully participating are shaping up to be a significant number of providers, the latest CMS … Continue reading

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FDA Calls For Classifying Health IT Products By Patient-Safety Risk Level

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The Food and Drug Administration proposed regulating health information technologies based on their potential risks to patient safety, rather than by the technology platform they utilize. The federal agency stayed close to recommendations made by stakeholders when developing the outlining … Continue reading

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House Of Representatives Votes To Delay ICD-10

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In a surprise move, the House of Representatives approved an SGR fix bill that includes a delay to mandatory ICD-10 implementation until Oct, 2015. But not before a public display of political maneuvering that left many wondering if the bill … Continue reading

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Environmental Intelligence Releases March 2014 EI Connections Newsletter

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Environmental Intelligence LLC is pleased to release its March 2014 EI Connections Newsletter.  Please send your feedback or suggestions to contactus@goeillc.com. Click Here to view: March 2014 EI Connections Newsletter Want to automatically receive our monthly newsletter?  Click on this link to … Continue reading

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