Early Bird: KY Hospital among First to Receive EHR Incentives

Nearly two years after ARRA established a federal incentive program to encourage healthcare providers to adopt and “meaningfully use” EHRs, the first payments were announced January 5. One of the very first organizations to receive a payment was the University of Kentucky HealthCare, which received an initial payment of $2.86 million through the Medicaid incentive program. Carol Steltenkamp, UK HealthCare’s chief medical information...

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Accounting for All Disclosures

Many in healthcare still haven’t made their peace with HIPAA’s accounting of disclosure requirements—the provision under which covered entities, upon request, must provide patients with a record of the entities to whom they have disclosed the patient’s protected health information (PHI). They consider it an undue administrative burden for requests they rarely receive. Now new requirements in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act...

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Web-only Extras on HIM-HIT Collaboration

“HIM and health IT are finding that the scope and responsibilities of individual job functions are increasingly crossing department domains,” write the authors of the practice brief “HIM and Health IT,” published in this month’s issue. They note a “universal need for alignment between the two disciplines to ensure that both business processes and technology are in place to advance successfully toward a fully functional [electronic...

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Reducing the Copy Fee for Electronic Records

In Illinois healthcare organizations and trial lawyers are disagreeing over how much facilities may charge when fulfilling requests for health records that are stored electronically. Also at issue is whether facilities must provide their digital records in a digital format. A state law lowering the copy fees for electronic documents went into effect January 1, 2008. The law, the result of negotiations that tempered reductions in...

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