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OIG Alert Shows Increased Concern over Data Blocking

In a report to Congress last April, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Technology addressed the growing issue of data blocking. Data blocking occurs when some person or entity knowingly and unreasonably interferes with the exchange or use of electronic health information (“EHI”), and this happens due to business incentives that cause those persons or entities to want to control and limit availability to that information. 545 more words

Office Of Inspector General Of The United States Department Of Health And Human Services (OIG)

NIST standards provides an oasis of mobile device security in the EHR desert

The healthcare industry has long awaited some certainty in the arena of mobile devices in light of the continued push for electronic health records (“EHR”) and coordinated care. 741 more words

Health Insurance Portability And Accountability Act Of 1996 (HIPAA)

HIPAA and “Meaningful Use” Audits: Issues to Consider and How to Prepare

As more and more providers adopt electronic health records (“EHRs”) systems (and with new regulations concerning their required use for purposes of Medicare billing for chronic care management, their popularity can only continue to grow), a myriad of compliance issues continue to surround them. 1,257 more words

Health Insurance Portability And Accountability Act Of 1996 (HIPAA)

The Finalized Meaningful Use Rule – What Providers Need To Know

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”) finalized a rule (“Final Rule”) on August 29, 2014, giving health care providers a bit more breathing room to comply with the Electronic Health Record (“EHR”) Incentive Program’s (“the Program’s”) meaningful use requirements. 337 more words

Health Care Law

What Is a Patient Portal and Why Do I Need One?

By Karen Scoles, M.D., medical director, Information Systems

If you have visited your primary care physician or a specialist’s office recently you may have been asked by the office staff or your physician to “sign up for the patient portal.” But do you really want another login and password to remember? 467 more words

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New Technologies Help to Accurately Deliver Medication

By Karen Scoles, M.D., Medical Director of Information Systems

Crozer-Keystone Health System is on a journey to safer, more effective care using health information technology… 381 more words

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A Win for Washington: Cutting ER Visits

In the summer of 2012, Washington state emergency rooms (“ER”) began tracking patients in a statewide database. Expanding Medicaid rolls and legislative attempts to cap reimbursements for non-emergency visits to ERs left the state, hospitals, and physicians knowing they had to do something to cut costs and improve quality of care within the ER setting. 507 more words

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