HIPAA Leniency in Wake of Hurricane Harvey Disaster Declaration

Under normal, non-disaster circumstances, photos of residents under duress—or unauthorized photos of residents, period—in a covered entity would constitute a HIPAA violation. But a “Limited Waiver of HIPAA Sanctions and Penalties During a Declared Emergency” issued by HHS changed circumstances.

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More False Claims Act Lawsuits Ahead for EHR Vendors, Whistleblower Attorney Says

More lawsuits against electronic health record (EHR) vendors that skirt “meaningful use” EHR Incentive Program requirements are likely on the horizon, according to a whistleblower attorney from Washington, DC.

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CMS: Healthcare Accrediting Agencies Don’t Need to Make Inspection Reports Public

CMS recently withdrew a proposal that would have required healthcare accreditors to publicly publish deficiencies found in hospitals and other healthcare settings.

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ONC Responds to ROI Questions During AHIMA Webinar

This summer has demonstrated hope for consumers and HIM professionals who have long been frustrated by the confusion that can ensue when a patient requests access to their health information.

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CMS Eliminates Cardiac Payment Model Programs, Relaxes Joint Replacement Care Models

CMS announced this week that it is eliminating two new payment models entirely, the Episode Payment Model and the Cardiac Rehabilitation incentive payment model, and easing requirements for the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement model.

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AHIMA Issues Comments on ONC’s Proposed Interoperability Framework

In late July, AHIMA submitted comments to ONC in response to the agency’s open comment period for its “Proposed Interoperability Standards Measurement Framework”—a guide that will evaluate the implementation and use of interoperability healthcare standards.

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