Electronic Health Record Incentives

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Cloud Sharing Apps Scrutinized for ePHI

In a relatively short time period, the direct costs of document storage have dropped precipitously, and cloud-based document storage has become ubiquitous. Clearly, this is a wave of the future. But a recent settlement...more

Also In The News - Health Headlines - July 2015

CMS Reopens Attestation Period For First-Time Hospitals Until August – CMS recently announced that eligible hospitals participating in the Medicare Electronic Health Record Incentive Program for the first time in 2015 may...more

CMS Encourages Continued Participation in Medicare Shared Savings Program with Final Rule

In This Issue: - ACO Eligibility Requirements - Establishing and Maintaining the ACO Participation Agreement - Data Sharing and Assignment of Beneficiaries - Shared Savings and Losses - Waivers of...more

Medicare Shared Savings Program: Final Rule

Last week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released its Final Rule on the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP). The Final Rule provides additional flexibility to accountable care organizations...more

Also In the News - Data, Privacy, & Security Practice Report - May 2015

ONC Releases Updated Guide To Privacy And Security of Electronic Health Information ? The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (“ONC”) recently released Version 2.0 of the Guide to Privacy and...more

Hospital CFO Must Pay $4.4 Million For Falsely Attesting To Meaningful Use

The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act, adopted in 2009, pumped billions of dollars into hospitals and physicians (through the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid) in order to stimulate them to...more

MACRA’s Advancement of EHR Interoperability and Telehealth

This is the fourth and final post in our series on the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA). Pub.L. No. 114-10. We’ve previously covered the repeal of the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) in our April 20th post,...more

ONC Seeks Comments on Draft Health IT Interoperability Roadmap, Standards Advisory

On January 30, 2015, the HHS Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) released a draft “Roadmap” to promote safe and secure exchange and use of electronic health information. The document...more

How to Prepare Your Hospital or Medical Practice for a Meaningful Use Audit

For the past several years, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”) has incentivized hospitals and eligible professionals to adopt and make “meaningful use” of certified electronic health records (“EHR”)...more

Meaningful Use Attestations - Be Careful of What You Attest To

Under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, eligible health providers who demonstrate “meaningful use” of certified electronic health record (EHR) technology can qualify for incentive payments under the Medicare...more

CMS Extends Start Date for Stage 3 of Meaningful Use to 2017 Without Extending Timeline for When Providers Must Start Stage 2

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recently announced a revised timeline for the implementation of Stage 3 “meaningful use” measures for the Electronic Health Records Incentive Programs, but did not extend the...more

CMS Extends Timeline on Meaningful Use Implementation

Last Friday, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) proposed a one-year extension of Stage 2 of the meaningful use standards for Medicare and Medicaid electronic health record (“EHR”) incentive programs. Under...more

CMS Releases Sequestration Details; Medicare EHR Incentive Payments Subject to Two-Percent Reduction

On March 8, 2013, CMS announced that it will apply the two-percent sequestration reduction to all Medicare provider payments with dates of service/discharge on or after April 1, 2013. The announcement also states that claims...more

CMS Requests Comments on Redundant Reporting of Clinical Quality Measures

CMS is seeking input regarding ways in which eligible professionals might use clinical quality measures (CQM) data reported to medical boards, specialty societies, regional health care quality organizations or other...more

CMS Alters Procedures for Physicians Practicing in CAHs to Qualify as Meaningful Users

CMS announced on January 17, 2013, that it is changing its claims processing systems to enable eligible practitioners (EPs) who furnish outpatient services in critical access hospitals (CAHs) to participate in the Medicare...more

Audits, Audits And More Audits: Life In The Healthcare Industry

Healthcare suppliers and service providers live in a regulated world. They are constantly under audit scrutiny. Sometimes federal agencies (i.e private contractors) conduct the audits; other times state agencies conduct the...more

Washington Attorney General's Office Opinion Undermines Electronic Health Records Donation Programs

In 1949, the Washington Legislature enacted what has become known as the “anti-rebate statute,” codified as RCW Chapter 19.68. Rep. Eileen Cody recently asked the state Attorney General (AG)’s Office whether this statute...more

OIG Recommends Additional Oversight of EHR Incentive Programs

A November 29, 2012 report from the HHS Office of Inspector General (OIG) sets forth several recommendations to improve CMS’s oversight of the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs. Specifically, the report expresses...more

HHS OIG Takes Aim At CMS’ Oversight Of Electronic Health Records Incentive Program

On November 29, 2012, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) issued a report raising concerns about the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) oversight of the...more

OCR Issues Guidance On HIPAA Privacy Rule’s De-Identification Standard

On November 26, 2012, the Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) published a thirty-two page document titled “Guidance Regarding Methods for De-identification of Protected Health Information...more

Meaningful Use Mash-Up: Update on Deadlines, Changes for Stage 2, and the Start of MU Audits

The march towards electronic health records (“EHRs”) and health information exchange continues. It is worth noting a number of recent changes to the Medicare and Medicaid Meaningful Use programs governing incentives for...more

Health Care Legal News - September 28, 2012 • Volume 2, Number 8

In This Issue: - THE DW HEALTHCARE TEAM IS GROWING: With the addition of six new healthcare attorneys, the DW Healthcare Team has expanded its expertise and its depth... - RECOVERY OF LOST PROFESSIONAL...more

CMS Releases Final Stage 2 “Meaningful Use” Regulations for the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Records Incentive Programs

On September 4, 2012, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published final regulations (Final Regulations) establishing the Stage 2 meaningful use criteria for the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health...more

How Physician Practices and Physicians Can Take Advantage of the Supreme Court's ACA Ruling

The June 28th Supreme Court ruling to uphold the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act ("ACA") removed some of the uncertainty surrounding the immediate short-term prospects for health care reform. Now that the debate...more

Health Care Legal News - July 12, 2012 • Volume 2, Number 6

In This Issue: - SUPREME COURT TO HEAR FTC CHALLENGE TO GEORGIA HOSPITAL MERGER By: James M. Burns - On June 25, the United States Supreme Court granted a request by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) for...more

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