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Healthcare Orgs. Request 90-Day MU Reporting Period for 2016

This whole Meaningful Use thing just won’t go away. But seriously, Meaningful Use continues to generate headlines. Perhaps this matters, perhaps not; it’s likely a matter of your opinion of the issues based on your political alignment. To be fair, it’s had plenty of kindling and several organizations that continue to stir the coals.

Recently, 34 organizations, led by the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME), laid out a plea to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to shorten the meaningful use reporting period for 2016 from 365 to 90 days. [cont...]

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Scott E. Rupp is a writer and an award-winning journalist focused on healthcare technology. He has worked as a public relations executive for a major electronic health record/practice management vendor, and he currently manages his own agency, millerrupp. In addition to writing for a variety of publications, Scott also offers his insights on healthcare technology and its leaders on his site, Electronic Health Reporter.

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Which Type of HIPAA Training Is Right for Your Practice?

Editor's note: This is the second blog in a series of articles on HIPAA compliance and is produced in partnership with Total HIPAA Compliance. The first blog in this series discussed penetration testing and can be viewed here. In the next article, we'll take a look at why staff may be your biggest threat to compliance. [cont...]

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Jason Karn is the Director of IT at Total HIPAA Compliance and has been active in HIPAA training since the inception of the 2013 HIPAA Rules. He is a co-author of all Total HIPAA 2.0 training for Agents and Brokers, Employers, BA/Subcontractors, Medical Providers and Dental Providers. He is a regular speaker, blogger and a significant Twitter influencer on all things HIPAA. Jason is also an accomplished opera singer and has performed across the US and Europe. Follow Jason on Twitter @TotalHIPAA.

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HHS Announces Proposed Rule: Support the Reliability, Transparency, Accountability and Safety of Certified Health IT

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) are proposing a new rule that would “further enhance the safety, reliability, transparency, and accountability of certified health IT for users,” the organization said in its statement announcing the rule on March 1, 2016. [cont...]

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Scott E. Rupp is a writer and an award-winning journalist focused on healthcare technology. He has worked as a public relations executive for a major electronic health record/practice management vendor, and he currently manages his own agency, millerrupp. In addition to writing for a variety of publications, Scott also offers his insights on healthcare technology and its leaders on his site, Electronic Health Reporter.

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What is Penetration Testing and Why You Should Consider It?

You come in to work on Monday, log into your practice’s network, and there is a message that a hacker now controls your EHR and wants a ransom to allow you access. How could you have prevented this invasion? One way is by conducting a penetration test. This is a great tool to help determine your vulnerabilities and correct security holes in your network before a hacker can find them. [cont...]

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Jason Karn

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Jason Karn is the Director of IT at Total HIPAA Compliance and has been active in HIPAA training since the inception of the 2013 HIPAA Rules. He is a co-author of all Total HIPAA 2.0 training for Agents and Brokers, Employers, BA/Subcontractors, Medical Providers and Dental Providers. He is a regular speaker, blogger and a significant Twitter influencer on all things HIPAA. Jason is also an accomplished opera singer and has performed across the US and Europe. Follow Jason on Twitter @TotalHIPAA.

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Study: Expectations for Budget Growth Decelerates; Confidence to Meet Demands Remains High

TEKsystems, a provider of IT staffing solutions, IT talent management expertise and IT services, released the findings of a study that explore the current state of IT operations within healthcare organizations. The results identify key objectives and challenges for healthcare IT teams, the skills most needed to meet those demands, and expectations for spending and confidence. [cont...]

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Scott E. Rupp is a writer and an award-winning journalist focused on healthcare technology. He has worked as a public relations executive for a major electronic health record/practice management vendor, and he currently manages his own agency, millerrupp. In addition to writing for a variety of publications, Scott also offers his insights on healthcare technology and its leaders on his site, Electronic Health Reporter.

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ONC Misses Out on Bigger Budget As Obama Plan Foiled By Republicans

The budget President Obama would have liked to have awarded to the Department of Health and Human Services was roughly $1.1 trillion gone to provide support for the increased of healthcare initiatives. But it wasn’t meant to be. The budget is dead on arrival because of Republican opposition to the size of the 2017 overall plan.  [cont...]

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Scott E. Rupp is a writer and an award-winning journalist focused on healthcare technology. He has worked as a public relations executive for a major electronic health record/practice management vendor, and he currently manages his own agency, millerrupp. In addition to writing for a variety of publications, Scott also offers his insights on healthcare technology and its leaders on his site, Electronic Health Reporter.

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Senate Introduces Bill to Expand Medicare Telehealth

Senate legislation introduced earlier this month is designed to expand Medicare telehealth services through Medicare, which is a plan conceived to cut costs and expand access to healthcare providers. The bipartisan bill, dubbed “The Creating Opportunities Now for Necessary and Effective Care Technologies for Health Act,” or CONNECT for Health Act, is the effort of Democratic Sens. Brian Schatz, Ben Cardin and Mark Warner, and Republican Sens. Roger Wicker, Thad Cochran and John Thune. [cont...]

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Scott E. Rupp is a writer and an award-winning journalist focused on healthcare technology. He has worked as a public relations executive for a major electronic health record/practice management vendor, and he currently manages his own agency, millerrupp. In addition to writing for a variety of publications, Scott also offers his insights on healthcare technology and its leaders on his site, Electronic Health Reporter.

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Whistleblowing physicians receive substantial financial rewards

The Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Civil Rights routinely investigates suspected breaches in the healthcare industry, from failures to comply with Medicaid mandates to more substantial violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996. It may be surprising to learn, however, that an increasing number of physicians are responsible for bringing violations to the attention of the federal government. [cont...]

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An avid traveler and news junkie, Kevin covers a range of topics from healthcare technology to policy and regulations. As a former journalism student, he enjoys finding stories relevant to small practices and is passionate about keeping them informed. Before joining NueMD, Kevin worked for Turner Broadcasting as a Programming Intern where he conducted legal research and contributed to editorial content development. He received his bachelor's degree in Communication from Kennesaw State University and currently serves as the Industry News Editor at NueMD.

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HIPAA compliance: Survey finds law firms are falling behind

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Kevin McCarthy

Industry News Editor

An avid traveler and news junkie, Kevin covers a range of topics from healthcare technology to policy and regulations. As a former journalism student, he enjoys finding stories relevant to small practices and is passionate about keeping them informed. Before joining NueMD, Kevin worked for Turner Broadcasting as a Programming Intern where he conducted legal research and contributed to editorial content development. He received his bachelor's degree in Communication from Kennesaw State University and currently serves as the Industry News Editor at NueMD.

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Fight to combat gun violence results in amendments to HIPAA Privacy Rule

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Kevin McCarthy

Industry News Editor

An avid traveler and news junkie, Kevin covers a range of topics from healthcare technology to policy and regulations. As a former journalism student, he enjoys finding stories relevant to small practices and is passionate about keeping them informed. Before joining NueMD, Kevin worked for Turner Broadcasting as a Programming Intern where he conducted legal research and contributed to editorial content development. He received his bachelor's degree in Communication from Kennesaw State University and currently serves as the Industry News Editor at NueMD.

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