CMS Delays HIPAA Transaction Operating Rules Enforcement

Enforcement of two new HIPAA transaction operating rules has been delayed 90 days by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ Office of E-Health Standards and Services (OESS). The operating rules, which are intended to simplify and standardize complex administrative healthcare transactions and are required for all HIPAA-covered entities, will not be enforced by OESS until March 31, 2013—though the formal compliance date for the rules remains January 1, 2013, according to a CMS press release.

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Facility Hit with First Small Breach HIPAA Fine

The Hospice of North Idaho will pay the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) a $50,000 fine in the first settlement to take place over a breach of protected health information that affected fewer than 500 individuals.

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Patient Safety Plan Issued for Public Comment

The US Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC) has issued the Health IT Patient Safety Action and Surveillance Plan for public comment.

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VIDEO: The Road Ahead for HIM

As we begin a new year, AHIMA Director of HIM Solutions Karen Kostick, RHIT, CCS, CCS-P, discusses HIM’s path to computer-assisted coding, along with other hot topics facing HIM in 2013.

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Report: Patient Portals Might Increase Health Visits

Though previous studies have shown the ability for portals to increase healthcare efficiency, a new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association questions whether online access to records reduces the number of patient visits.

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