New Delay for the Red Flags Rule

The Federal Trade Commission announced today that it will further delay enforcement of the Red Flags Rule. Organizations now have until November 1, 2009, to become compliant. The rule was to go into effect Saturday, August 1. FTC says the delay will allow organizations covered by the rule to further review its educational materials and prepare their compliance plans. The anti-fraud regulation requires organizations that act as...

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Guidance on RACs

A new AHIMA toolkit helps HIM professionals steer their organizations through the Recovery Audit Contractor (RAC) program.  The “Recovery Audit Contractor (RAC) Toolkit” includes background on the program and an overview of the process, including what entities are eligible to be audited, the basis for the audits, and the type of audits. It also includes appendixes providing: A preparation checklist The hierarchy of authority samples A...

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Fed Announces $125 Million for Healthcare Training

The Department of Labor announced $125 million in funding for projects that train workers to pursue careers in healthcare. The department’s Employment and Training Administration (ETA) has requested proposals to spend it, due October 5. The funding is part of $220 million appropriated by ARRA, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, to train workers for employment in high-growth and emerging industry sectors. The request for...

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Workgroup Recommends Widening EHR Certification

CCHIT, the Certification Commission for Health Information Technology, has been the sole certification source for electronic health record products for some years now, but ARRA may change that. A working group of the Health IT Policy Committee has recommended that multiple organizations conduct certification testing and that the federal government take over the setting of certification criteria. The ARRA provision that will pay...

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A Next Step for “Meaningful Use”

Healthcare is a step closer to a definition for the “meaningful use” of health IT. The Health IT Policy Committee approved revised recommendations for the “meaningful use” of health IT today, handing them off to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology. The committee’s revision of its earlier recommendations features modified criteria for use of computerized physician order entry and...

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