The I-10 Top-10

Procrastinators are entering dangerous waters. The ICD-10-CM/PCS deadline looms a little closer each day. But facilities drifting and uncertain how to begin now have a quick reference guide to help put the wind in their sails. A top-10 ICD-10 checklist from AHIMA highlights the 10 essential first steps organizations must take to get their transition programs well under way. The list distills the first phase of AHIMA’s larger...

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New Web Site Tracks State Health IT Legislation

A new Web site launched by the National Conference of State Legislatures tracks health IT legislation introduced in states related to the Affordable Care Act. The Federal Health Reform: State Legislative Tracking Database includes 2011 legislation, including pending, failed, and enacted bills and resolutions. The site also outlines state legislation related to other topics in the Affordable Care Act, such as Medicaid, health insurance...

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CMS Has Paid $37M in EHR Incentives

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services tweeted today that it has paid out more than $37 million in incentive payments for the Medicare and Medicaid EHR incentive programs. “The #Medicare & #Medicaid #EHR Incentive Programs have paid out $37,570,328.55 in Jan. & Feb. Get your share,” it announced. Last week CMS added new and updated information on its meaningful use FAQ Web page. The new FAQs clarify the term...

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More Details Emerge on the Direct Project

Using the Direct Project service will be about as simple as registering for an e-mail account, say project officials. The basic HIE service is expected to roll out widely next year.

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“Small” Data Breaches Top 9,100 in First Year of Reporting

Reports of large-scale data breaches are commonly in the news—a watch list of sorts has begun over the Health and Human Services Web site that tracks them. HHS, however, also receives reports of breaches involving fewer than 500 individuals. The department is not required to report these data publicly, but a glimpse of the totals occurred in paperwork related to the federal 2012 budget. In a written justification of its 2012 budget...

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