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Lansing Area Residents, Consider the MITN Fellowship

For our Lansing area readers, Foster Swift Collins & Smith PC is a corporate member of the Michigan Technology Network - Lansing.

Michigan Technology Network - Lansing (MITN) awards fellowships annually that can be applied to technology education. If you're in school, thinking about going back, or need tech training to beef up your skills, a MITN fellowship is the perfect way to reduce your cost. Applications and more information can be found here.

Applications are due on October 15, 2013.

Categories: News & Events

Veronica Mars Kickstarter Success

As noted in a prior blog article, investment crowdfunding is awaiting SEC regulations. However, “reward” and “experience” based crowdfunding via websites such as Kickstarter have seen success.

On March 13, 2013, Rob Thomas, the creator of Veronica Mars, launched a Kickstarter project to fund the making of a Veronica Mars movie. Veronica Mars was previously a television show on UPN that aired from 2004 to 2007.  It took only 11 hours for the project to meet its funding goal of $2 million dollars. The initial fundraising goal was to raise $2 million in 30 days. Read More ›

Categories: Crowdfunding, Venture Capital/Funding

Tech Professionals to Feature their Products at DemoCamp Lansing

The Lansing Chapter of the Michigan Technology Network (MITN) is teaming up with DemoCamp for a holiday tech event.  Sponsored by Foster Swift, DemoCamp Lansing will bring together local programmers, entrepreneurs and community members to show off cool products and websites and to learn about new technology.  This relaxed and casual event is free and will be held at the Michigan Historical Museum on Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at 5:30pm.  Click here for registration and other information.

Categories: News & Events

Deadline for EHR Attestation Fast Approaching

As noted in our September 2011 article, it is time for hospitals and physicians to start using electronic health records ("EHR").  It is particularly important if hospitals or physicians want to take advantage of the 2011 Medicare incentive payments, since important deadlines are quickly approaching. Read More ›

Categories: Electronic Health Records, HITECH Act

EHR Incentive Program Updates

EHR incentive programAccording to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services ("CMS"), CMS has already paid $75 million to health care providers for meaningful use of electronic health records ("EHR") since the first incentive payments began in mid-May, 2011. This number is only expected to rise as physicians and hospitals have until the end of 2012 to attest to "meaningful use" of EHR and become entitled to receive the maximum amounts over a five-year period. Read More ›

Categories: Electronic Health Records, Hospitals, Physicians

CMS Recognizes Additional Hardship Categories for Electronic Prescribing Waivers

Electronic prescribingOn June 1, 2011, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services ("CMS") issued a proposed rule that would allow certain physicians to avoid having to use electronic prescribing ("eRx") by the required June 30, 2011 date. 

Currently, CMS requires that providers complete at least 10 drug orders using an eRx system between January 1 and June 30, 2011 in order to avoid a one percent decrease in Medicare payments in 2012.  Prior to the June 1, 2011 proposed rule, only rural providers with limited internet access or providers in an area with limited pharmacies for eRx could claim a hardship waiver to avoid the penalties for failing to make the 10 eRx orders. Read More ›

Categories: Electronic Health Records, Hospitals, Physicians

First Electronic Health Record Incentive Payments To Be Issued However Few Are Able to Exchange Information as Required

Electronic Health RecordsThe Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology ("ONC") announced that the first electronic health record ("EHR") incentive payments were going to be made in mid-May to providers who had successfully attested to having met "meaningful use" and all of the other program requirements.  The maximum payment that a Medicare provider in the EHR program can receive in 2011 for his or her first year of participation is $18,000.  Incentive payments for eligible hospitals begin at $2 million. Read More ›

Categories: Electronic Health Records

Some Modern Guidance on a 30-Year-Old Substance Abuse Confidentiality Law

While Health Care Reform and HIPAA's HITECH Regulations are hot topics in the health care world, receiving less attention is the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology's recently published Frequently Asked Questions ("FAQs") for applying Substance Abuse Confidentiality Regulations to electronic health information.  While receiving less media attention, these FAQs are no less important as they give guidance on a law and regulations that were enacted nearly thirty years ago (the federal confidentiality law is codified as 42 U.S.C. § 290dd-2 and 42 CFR Part 2 (“Part 2”)).  Not surprisingly, given that the law was enacted thirty years ago, prior to the FAQs there was little government guidance on substance abuse confidentiality that contemplated modern technology such as electronic health records.  Read More ›

Categories: HITECH Act