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Information Exchange Receives a Big Push in Meaningful Use, Stage 2: New Requirements Encourage Further Integration With EHRs

Author: Viola, Allison F.

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2012


As outlined within the HITECH Act of 2009, in order for providers to become meaningful users of electronic health records (EHRs), their use must, "in accordance with law and standards applicable to the exchange of information… improve the quality of health care, such as promoting care coordina....

Achieving Meaningful Use of Health Information Technology: A Guide for Physicians to the EHR Incentive Programs

Author: Marcotte, Leah; Seidman, Joshua J; Trudel, Karen; Berwick, Donald M ; Blumenthal, David; Mostashari, Farzad; Jain, Sachin H

Source: External web site

Publication Date: May 14, 2012

An overview of the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs and guide for physicians in the process of how to demonstrate meaningful use of health information technology. (Arch Intern Med. 2012;172(9):731-736.)

What’s New in 2: Top Changes in the Stage 2 Rule

Author: Heubusch, Kevin

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2012


There are few surprises in CMS's proposed rule on stage 2 of the meaningful use program. The provisions generally reflect the recommendations of the Health IT Policy Committee made last year, and in the case of the intended change to the timeline, an announcement was made last December.
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The New Privacy Officer

Author: Dimick, Chris

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: April 2012



It has been a decade since the first privacy officers took their jobs in response to the HIPAA privacy rule. A slew of changes since then have added more responsibility, required more skills, and demanded more time of them than anyone could have imagined.

When Nancy Davis, R....

Automation for Privacy and Security Compliance

Author: McLendon, Kelly

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2012


There has been a lack of enforcement of the privacy and security rules ever since HIPAA's inception. As such the adoption of comprehensive HIPAA compliance programs has lagged behind EHR development and implementation.

This in turn has caused little funding to be budgeted by provide....

The 63rd REC: http://healthit.gov

Author: Heubusch, Kevin

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2012


In a January 6 blog post, Farzad Mostashari, MD, national coordinator for health IT, summarized a busy year at his office, highlighting 10 of 2011's "most notable developments in the world of health information technology and ONC."

Among these were 62 regional health IT extension ce....

Metadata and Meaningful Use

Author: Viola, Allison F.; Mookencherry, Shefali

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2012




The healthcare industry will find out soon if ONC intends to include metadata requirements in stage 2 of the meaningful use program. Many feel it is too soon. But given metadata's potential to support health information exchange, the expanded and standardized use of metadata tagging....

Fall Preview: A Look at the Season’s Expected Rules

Author: Heubusch, Kevin

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2011


Perhaps one of the biggest jobs related to implementing the ARRA provisions right now is keeping track of the moving parts. Publication of the act in 2009 was a kind of Big Bang-an explosion of provisions that rocked the healthcare universe. Since then, however, the pieces have traveled at dif....

EHR Alternative Certification for Hospitals or EACH™, A Federally-authorized Certification for Installed Hospital EHR Technology

Author: Knighton, Michelle; Ray, Alisa

Source: AHIMA Convention

Publication Date: October 02, 2011

Introduction

As hospitals anticipate the benefits of federal incentive payments for meaningful use of certified EHR technology, some face an unexpected hurdle. Many hospitals will be able to meet the EHR certification requirement through use of certified EHR technology purchased from vend....

Telling the HIM Story in Meaningful Use

Author: Rode, Dan

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2011


The term "meaningful use" is used freely within Washington and throughout the healthcare industry. For HIM professionals it is not a new concept, but the term has proliferated in the last few years with the creation of the ARRA-funded EHR incentive program.

At some point the talk wi....

Meaningful Use: Notes from the Journey

Author: Dimick, Chris

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2011



After debate, speculation, and anxiety throughout the industry, the first physicians and hospitals have embarked on stage 1 of the meaningful use program. So far… so good.

The first physicians and hospitals have embarked on stage 1 of the meaningful use journey; it has been nin....

Understanding Patient Access and Amendments

Author: Wiedemann, Lou Ann

Source: AHIMA Convention

Publication Date: October 02, 2011


The Health Information Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA, 45 CFR, section 164.524 and 164.526) and subsequent privacy rule revisions under the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act changed how covered entities approach a patient’s right to ac....

Future of a Nationwide Health Information Network: An Explanation of the Minnesota NwHIN Direct Pilot and Implications For Improved Healthcare Delivery

Author: Briggs, Mark

Source: AHIMA Convention

Publication Date: October 02, 2011


Background


An initiative developed by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology of the Department of Health and Human Services, the Direct Project was designed to help healthcare providers, departments of health, and payers nationwide communicate sec....

EHRs in the Cloud: Contract Protection for a Rainy Day

Author: Lamar, Marilyn

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: July 2011


Cloud computing has been suggested as a cost-effective way to use electronic health records (EHRs), particularly for small providers that may not have an IT staff. Cloud-based EHRs store patient health records and the EHR software on computers operated by the EHR vendor.

The healthc....

A Possible Delay for Stage 2

Author: Heubusch, Kevin

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: June 2011


This spring, as the first providers began attesting to their performance in stage 1 of the meaningful use program, the rest of the industry seemed too absorbed with the program's next phase to take much notice.

Through the spring a subgroup of the Health IT Policy Committee was prepa....

Electronic Copy versus Electronic Access

Author: Emery, Steven; McDavid, Jan P

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: March 2011


Registration for the meaningful use program opened in January, and many HIM professionals and chief information officers are preparing their organizations to meet stage 1 meaningful use criteria. Two of the objectives directly affect an organization's release of information (ROI) process. Part....

Meaningful Use and Clinical Documentation

Author: Benson, Sean

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: February 2011


Little direct attention has been paid to clinical documentation in the context of meaningful use. Discussion and debate instead focused on electronic health records (EHRs), computerized physician order entry, and other health IT systems.

However, the electronic capture and exchange....

ARRA Acronyms

Author: AHIMA

Source: AHIMA

Publication Date: December 07, 2010


AHRQ Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality ANSI American National Standards Institute ARRA American Recovery and Reinvestment Act BA Business Associate BAA Business Associate Agreement CAH Critical Access Hospital CCHIT Certification Commission for Health Informa....

Analyzing Clinical Quality Measures for Meaningful Use

Author: Kallem, Crystal

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: November 2010


One of the top health policy outcome priorities associated with meaningful use is to improve the quality and efficiency of care for Medicare and Medicaid populations. Eligible hospitals and providers that seek to apply for stage 1 meaningful use incentives will be required to capture and repor....

Payout: Reviewing Meaningful Use Payments

Author: Viola, Allison F.; Rode, Dan

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: October 2010


CMS will pay meaningful use bonuses through three programs: Medicare Fee for Service (FFS), Medicare Advantage (MA), and Medicaid programs.
FFS Payments to Providers

For eligible professionals (EPs), understanding the payment system is especially important, because they must ch....

HITECH Security – A Practical Approach

Author: Rudloff, Rob

Source: AHIMA Convention

Publication Date: September 28, 2010


Background


HITECH has introduced new security requirements around HIPAA including new breach requirements and associated penalties. This paper addresses the information security and privacy requirements and provides practical solutions to address them. Many organizations already....

Summer Reading: Skimming the New ARRA-HITECH Regulations

Author: Rode, Dan

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: September 2010


In July the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) ended the waiting game for the HITECH privacy and security regulations, the meaningful use final rule, and the final rule on standards and certification.

HIM professionals and their organizations, anxious to familiarize thems....

United RECs of America

Author: AHIMA

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: August 2010


Most of the 60 regional extension centers have officially launched operations and begun helping providers implement health IT.


The RECs were created under the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, which provided $642 million in grants for the centers' first two....

Certified Meaningful

Author: Costa, Kerry F

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: August 2010


This month providers will begin seeing the first EHR products approved for use in the "meaningful use" incentive program. Another piece of the ARRA puzzle is falling into place.

In March 2010 the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) proposed two programs to test and approve EHR p....

ARRA Timeline

Author: AHIMA

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: August 2010


ARRA arrived with a bang in February 2009, but the regulations enabling the law's healthcare provisions have inched forward since then. Much of the responsibility for drafting regulation fell to the Department of Health and Human Services, which had a tall order to fill within deadlines mandate....

$58 Billion to Go

Author: AHIMA

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: August 2010


The Department of Health and Human Services received approximately $146 billion in funds through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. It was tasked with disbursing that money through programs or objectives specified within the act's healthcare-related provisions.

Over the year....

A First Peek at the Privacy Regulations

Author: AHIMA

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: August 2010


The office for Civil Rights got a late start on the HITECH privacy regulations (due last February), and it's clear from the draft rule it released in July that the office still has almost as many questions as answers on how to enact the HITECH provisions. However, the release does offer a good....

Aligning HIE: Model to Organize Networks on Core Principles, Collaborative Activities

Author: Finn, Zach; McNeill, Marjorie H; Cooper, Lontejuana S; Kaelin, Lawrence Dan; Byington, Allen

Source: Journal of AHIMA

Publication Date: August 2010



An HIE model developed in Florida leverages local and regional networks and offers a flexible, scalable framework that aligns them with national health IT and exchange priorities.



By Zach Finn; Marjorie H. McNeill, PhD, RHIA, CCS; Lontejuana S. Cooper, MSHA, RHIA, CPM; L....

DOQ-IT Déjà vu

Author: Dimick, Chris

Source: Journal of AHIMA - website

Publication Date: August 2010

Chris Dimick


Aug 01, 2010 07:15 am


The regional extension center program might have some people experiencing déjà vu.

Granted, the REC program is an unprecedented attempt by the federal government to transition American healthcare to electronic health record sy....

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