Lack of timely action risks security and costs money

02. February 2017 EHR, EMR, Health, HIPAA 0
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights (OCR), has announced a Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) civil money penalty against Children’s Medical Center of Dallas (Children’s) based on its impermissible disclosure of unsecured electronic protected health information (ePHI) and non-compliance over many years with multiple standards ...

HIPAA settlement demonstrates importance of implementing safeguards for ePHI

19. January 2017 EHR, EMR, Health, HIPAA 0
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights (OCR), has announced a Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) settlement based on the impermissible disclosure of unsecured electronic protected health information (ePHI).  MAPFRE Life Insurance Company of Puerto Rico (MAPFRE) has agreed to settle potential noncompliance with the HIPAA ...

ONC announces winners of consumer and provider app challenges to improve health information access and use

13. January 2017 EHR, EMR, Health, HIPAA 0
Apps highlight the use of promising new tools and standards Today, the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) announced the Phase 2 winners for the Consumer Health Data Aggregator Challenge and the Provider User Experience Challenge.  ONC designed these challenges to spur the development of ...

First HIPAA enforcement action for lack of timely breach notification settles for $475,000

10. January 2017 EHR, EMR, Health, HIPAA 0
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights (OCR), has announced the first Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) settlement based on the untimely reporting of a breach of unsecured protected health information (PHI).  Presence Health has agreed to settle potential violations of the HIPAA Breach Notification Rule by paying ...

New Analysis: Uninsured rate for Americans with pre-existing conditions dropped sharply when major Affordable Care Act reforms were first implemented

06. January 2017 EHR, EMR, Health, HIPAA 0
Without ACA protections, more than half of non-elderly Americans could face discrimination in health care Since the Affordable Care Act (ACA) became law, millions of Americans no longer face coverage denials, higher costs, or coverage carve outs because of their medical histories. A new analysis from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services provides ...

HHS selects eight states for new demonstration program to improve access to high quality behavioral health services

22. December 2016 EHR, EMR, Health, HIPAA 0
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services today announced the selection of eight states for participation in a two-year Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC) demonstration program designed to improve behavioral health services in their communities. This demonstration is part of a comprehensive effort to integrate behavioral health with physical health care, increase consistent ...

2017 Interoperability Standards Advisory Released

21. December 2016 EHR, EMR, Health, HIPAA 0
Key Resource for Clinicians and Developers to Enhance Flow of Electronic Health Information The Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) today released the 2017 Interoperability Standards Advisory (ISA). The ISA catalogues key information about standards and implementation specifications – such as whether they are ...

HHS Finalizes New Medicare Alternative Payment Models to Reward Better Care at Lower Cost

21. December 2016 EHR, EMR, Health, HIPAA 0
Bundled payments for cardiac and orthopedic care, small-practice Accountable Care Organization opportunities to continue health care system’s shift toward value Today, the Department of Health & Human Services finalized new Medicare alternative payment models that continue the Administration’s progress in reforming how the health care system pays for care. These new approaches will shift Medicare payments from ...

Department of Health and Human Services awards over $50 Million for new health center sites

16. December 2016 EHR, EMR, Health, HIPAA 0
Today, Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced over $50 million in funding for 75 health centers in 23 states, Puerto Rico and the Federated State of Micronesia. “We expect this competitive New Access Point funding to provide health care to more than 240,000 additional patients, ” said Dr. Mary Wakefield,  Acting Deputy ...