OCR Releases Proposed Rule on Accounting of Disclosure

The Office for Civil Rights has released a proposed rule on the HITECH modifications to the HIPAA accounting of disclosure provisions, including the addition of a new right to a report of any person who has accessed the individual’s protected health information.

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CMS Launches Fast-Track Pioneer ACO Program

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation has requested applications for a new ACO initiative called the Pioneer Accountable Care Organization Model. The model is designed for healthcare organizations and providers that are already experienced in coordinating care for patients across care settings. The initiative will test how moving experienced organizations more rapidly to...

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OIG Audits Security Work of ONC, CMS

Two Office of the Inspector General audits of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services report that the agencies are not doing enough to secure health information in the push toward EHR implementation. “Our review found that CMS’s oversight and enforcement actions were not sufficient to ensure that covered entities, such as hospitals, effectively...

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Getting the Best from Your ICD-10 Vendor

Payers and providers must work their way through the transition to ICD-10-CM/PCS only once, and by the end, few will likely choose to do it again. System vendors and consultants, however, will have been through many, many implementations before it’s all over. That experience with multiple projects in many settings puts vendors in a unique position to offer insights into proven practices and sure pitfalls. Below, three HIM vendors...

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Additional HIE Resources Available Online

The online version of the May practice brief “HIE Management and Operational Considerations” includes two new appendixes. Appendix A provides a glossary of terms commonly used in HIEs, while appendix B outlines policy and procedure considerations for HIE operations. The appendixes appear at the end of the practice...

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