CMS Delays Enforcement of Verison 5010 HIPAA Standards

Enforcement of the 5010 HIPAA transaction standards has been delayed until March 31, 2012, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced Nov. 17.

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AMA Delegates Vote to Stop ICD-10 Implementation

On Tuesday the American Medical Association’s House of Delegates voted to “work vigorously” to stop the implementation of ICD-10-CM/PCS. “The implementation of ICD-10 will create significant burdens on the practice of medicine with no direct benefit to individual patients’ care,” said Peter W. Carmel, MD, AMA president, in a press release. “At a time when we are working to get the best value possible for our health care dollar, this...

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ONC Delays Start of EHR Permanent Certification Program

The permanent certification program for the meaningful use EHR incentive program will not ring in with the New Year as planned. The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT has pushed back the start date to summer 2012. The launch of the permanent program, which will replace the temporary program in effect since June 2010, will now coincide with the release of the stage 2 meaningful use final rule and the attendant release of...

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Working to Make RECs Sustainable

The regional extension centers—created through federal grants to help small providers and hospitals select, implement, and use health IT—have several years remaining on their contracts. However, they are already considering business models that would make them self-sustainable long after their federal funding runs out. The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, which created the program, has always considered the grants as...

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RECs on a Mission

A year after opening their doors, the federally sponsored health IT regional extension centers have nearly met their recruitment goals. Now the hard part starts…

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