3 Helpful Lists in ONC HIPAA Guide to Privacy and Security

In April 2015, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology released a Guide to Privacy and Security of Electronic Health Information (“the Guide”) available on healthit.gov.  The Guide is particularly aimed at helping health care providers who are HIPAA Covered Entities and are participating in the EHR Meaningful Use program. While much of the information in the Guide is available in other locations, such as regulatory text or FAQs on the OCR’s HIPAA website, the Guide appears… Read More >

EHR Deadline Extended for 2014 CEHRT Adoption, But Not For 2015 Meaningful Use Reporting

On August 29, 2014, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a final rule modifying the Electronic Health Record (EHR) Meaningful Use Incentive program. The Final Rule, which will be published in the Federal Register on September 4, 2014, gives providers additional time to begin using 2014 Edition Certified EHR Technology (CEHRT).  However, this extension is only available for providers who could not fully implement 2014 Edition CEHRT for the EHR reporting period of 2014 due to delays… Read More >

HHS Proposed Rule on Meaningful Use for 2014

In response to provider and vendor concerns about the ability to certify to the 2014 Electronic Health Record (EHR) standards to qualify for incentive payments under the meaningful use program, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a  proposed rule on May 20, 2014, revising the requirements for meeting meaningful use in 2014. The proposed rule, in an effort to “grant more flexibility” to providers, who due to the lack of availability of 2014 Edition Certified Electronic Health Record… Read More >

CMS Releases EHR Stage 2 Meaningful Use Calculator

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released a calculator for providers to measure whether they can meet the Electronic Health Record (EHR) Stage 2 Meaningful Use requirements.  Similar to the HIPAA Security Risk  Assessment Tool which was released on March 28, CMS cautions that the Meaningful Use Calculator is a guide of whether or not the program’s Stage 2 Meaningful Use requirements are being met by a provider but does not serve as an attestation and does not guarantee the… Read More >