The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) has brought the patient identification number debate to a higher level, launching the CHIME National Patient ID Challenge, a $1 million crowdsourcing competition encouraging innovators from around the world to develop a solution that is private, accurate and safe. [cont...]
Policy and Regulation
Policy and Regulation
The Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) continues to do a good job of getting itself into a line of business that you wouldn’t necessarily expect from the federal agency: grant making.
With an already robust program, CMS continues to makes headlines by with another grant program, designed to connect Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries with dozens of social service organizations to try to improve health and reduce costs.
The grant program will begin with $157 million in allotments according to the organization. [cont...]
With the new year in full swing, the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) is set to begin Phase 2 of its HIPAA audits program, targeting specific areas of noncompliance in healthcare organizations and among business associates who come in direct contact with protected health information. [cont...]
The Acting Administrator for the Centers of Medicare & Medicaid Services, Andy Slavitt, has gotten into social media as a delivery of major program information. During the administrator’s recent presentation at the J.P. [cont...]
Interoperability has been a major goal of the Obama administration for several years now. By implementing electronic health records software and other health information tech that could be shared across departments and even different facilities, professionals believe that patient outcomes will be improved and costs will be cut, largely by eliminating needless variation and repetition. [cont...]
The uproar over meaningful use continues as a number of high-profile, high-powered organizations are voicing their opinions and concerns about the proposed rule that will continue to affect hundreds of thousands of caregivers and healthcare organizations.
The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) recently urged the federal government to give healthcare providers more time to adjust to recent changes to the meaningful use program before mandating Stage 3 requirements, which the organization labels “burdensome.” [cont...]
Lahey Hospital and Medical Center (Lahey) has agreed to settle potential violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) Privacy and Security Rules with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office for Civil Rights (OCR), the Department of Health and Human Services announced in late November. [cont...]