Healthcare News & Insights

Will the feds put EHR incentives on hold?

Some groups, including a few lawmakers, have asked the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to halt the federal EHR incentive program so the requirements can be reworked. 

Practices worried about looming ICD-10 transition, survey says

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recently finalized a one-year delay of the deadline for switching to the new ICD-10 coding system. And many practices still have a long way to go to be ready, a recent survey says. 

ICD-10 deadline moved: Feds finalize one-year delay

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has officially moved the deadline for ICD-10 compliance to October 2014. 

$5.7 billion in EHR incentives paid so far

Has your facility received any government funding for adopting an electronic health record (EHR) system? A lot of facilities have – and a lot of money has been handed out already. 

Practice fined $100,000 for posting appointments online

Healthcare organizations are required to protect a lot of sensitive information. That doesn’t just mean medical records — hospitals and doctors’ offices hold a lot of other data that contains protected health information. 

Despite delay, providers warned not to pause ICD-10 transition

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently announced that the dreaded deadline for implementing new ICD-10 codes will be pushed back one year. But that doesn’t mean organizations should take a year off from planning and implementation, experts say.

HHS proposes 1-year ICD-10 delay

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently announced plans to push back the deadline for switching to the new ICD-10 coding system. After nearly two months of speculation about the length of the delay, a proposal has been released. 

Hard drive theft leads to $1.5 million fine for privacy violations

The first enforcement action involving the HITECH Act’s data breach notification rule has lead to a big settlement to be paid by an insurance company. 

10 steps to take after a data breach

Protecting patients’ health information involves not only preventing security breaches, but also planning properly for how to respond if a breach occurs. Here are 10 steps organizations must take following a health data breach. 

Group recommends steps to prevent patient safety risks from health IT

The Institute of Medicine (IOM) has released a set of guidelines it says will reduce patient safety risks associated with new healthcare technology.

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