Healthcare News & Insights

What’s new with patient information blocking and MyHealthEData

While attending HIMSS 2018, an administrator from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the MyHealthEData Interoperability Initiative, which aims to “empower patients by ensuring they control their healthcare data and can decide how their data is going to be used, all while keeping that information safe and secure.” In this guest post, […] [MORE]

How will Stage 3 change the meaningful use program?

The feds just proposed rules for the next stage of the meaningful use program. But does Stage 3 address or just add to providers’ attestation problems? 

What the feds are planning next for cybersecurity

It should come as no surprise that the feds are worried about cybersecurity. But what can providers expect this year from the government to put the brakes on this growing issue? 

Movers and shakers: Modern Healthcare reveals ‘Most Influential’ people

Who are the movers and shakers when it comes to healthcare? Modern Healthcare recently answered that question with the publication of its 12th annual list of the “100 Most Influential People in Health Care.” 

HHS publishes new HIPAA rules

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has announced a few changes to HIPAA to bring the law up to date with new technology trends. 

First HIPAA fine for breach of less than 500 records announced

An Idaho hospice has agreed to pay $50,000 to settle alleged HIPAA violations in the first HIPAA fine for a breach involving fewer than 500 patient records. 

Letter warns HHS about lack of cloud computing standards in health care

Many healthcare organizations are turning to cloud computing services for EHR systems and other needs. But despite the benefits, there are a lot of risks in the Cloud and some observers say there aren’t enough standards in place to protect patient information. 

CMS: 75% of eligible hospitals have received EHR incentive payments

The federal EHR incentive program really took off in 2012, according to the most recent data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). 

Report: EHR incentive program too easy to defraud

Could there be changes on the way for the federal EHR incentive program? A new government probe says the program doesn’t do enough to keep providers honest when applying for the program. 

Lawmakers: HHS should do more to prevent medical identity theft

Medical identity theft is a serious problem affecting both providers and patients, as more cyber criminals try to steal clinical and insurance data to buy prescription drugs, file false insurance claims and commit other crimes.