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HIPAA and “Meaningful Use” Audits: Issues to Consider and How to Prepare

As more and more providers adopt electronic health records (“EHRs”) systems (and with new regulations concerning their required use for purposes of Medicare billing for chronic care management, their popularity can only continue to grow), a myriad of compliance issues continue to surround them. To that end, the federal government has stepped up auditing programs to ensure compliance with HIPAA/HITECH as well as making sure taxpayer money has been invested wisely through the Meaningful Use program. The bent of these audit programs is clearly along the lines that applicable covered entities and business associates should be preparing with a “when” mindset, rather than “if,” as these audits are going to happen. More >

The Finalized Meaningful Use Rule – What Providers Need To Know

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”) finalized a rule (“Final Rule”) on August 29, 2014, giving health care providers a bit more breathing room to comply with the Electronic Health Record (“EHR”) Incentive Program’s (“the Program’s”) meaningful use requirements. The Program began as a way to motivate health care providers to implement EHR systems. Hospitals and health care professionals can qualify through the Program for incentive payments from CMS for the “meaningful use” of certified EHR technology (“CEHRT”). What qualifies as “meaningful use” has been the source of much confusion. The Program is intended to be implemented in three stages, with each stage to be completed within one calendar or fiscal year. More >

Top Ten Health Law Issues for Physicians, Health Systems and Providers in 2014

Change is the one constant that physicians, health systems and other providers face in 2014 as the ACA and its myriad regulations become effective along with increasing review and scrutiny from not just state and federal regulators, but also private companies with state and federal contracts to review and audit claims, cost reports, and billing practices.  So, listed below are the top ten areas that physicians and other providers should watch in 2014. More >

EHR Systems: Contracting for Change

On Tuesday, I discussed the recent decertification of two EHR Technology systems previously certified under ONC standards and, therefore, ineligible for use to meet “meaningful use” requirements.  Recently, these products failed a retest conducted by an ONC-authorized certification body.  The decertification was the first following the push to adopt EHR Technology to qualify for meaningful use incentives and to avoid an eventual reduction in Medicare program reimbursement. More >

EHR Systems: Is Certification Ever Certain?

The 2009 Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (“HITECH”) Act provides the Department of Health & Human Services (“HHS”) with the authority to establish programs to improve health care quality, safety, and efficiency through the implementation of health IT, including electronic health record technology (“EHR Technology”). Under HITECH, eligible health care providers can qualify for Medicare and Medicaid incentive payments when they adopt certified EHR technology and use it to achieve specifically outlined objectives, known as “meaningful use" requirements. More >

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