While the federal government works around the clock to fix glitches to the beleaguered health insurance exchanges website, state officials in Oregon have reverted back to paper applications to handle applicant backlog.
The power of personal health stories—whether delivered through impersonal health data or through music, paintings, and old-fashioned storytelling—is empowering patients like never before. That message came through loud and clear during a Sept. 17 presentation by Vera Rulon, MS, RHIT, FAHIMA, and Regina Holliday.
Health information exchange between hospitals and other providers increased 41 percent between 2008 and 2012, according to new data touted by the federal government.
The Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Inspector General (OIG) has issued a new fraud survey for hospitals that have received incentive funding under the ARRA-HITECH meaningful use EHR Incentive Program.
The survey, due on Friday, October 26, consists of 19 pages and 54 questions covering a wide range of topics—from EHR use habits, to security protocol, to meaningful use attestation methods. Media reports indicate that hospitals began receiving the OIG survey the week of Oct. 15.
Feedback on accountings of disclosure the Office for Civil Rights solicited last year offers insight into the provider and consumer experience with accountings to date. That experience shows in OCR’s newly proposed rule, which seeks to both ease the burden and improve the information.