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Into the Breach . . .

Smartphone usage has skyrocketed in the past few years.  Physicians are no exception to the trend - with more than 81% of physicians using smartphones.  Disturbingly, the number of health data breaches has risen in tandem with increased smartphone usage, and most experts agree that the increase is no coincidence.

Recent reports have indicated that 96% of all health care organizations have experienced at least one data breach during the past two years. Although the report did not detail the number of data breaches attributable to mobile devices, there is agreement that the widespread use of mobile devices is putting patient data at risk. Read More ›

Categories: Electronic Health Records, HIPAA, HITECH Act

Act NOW to Maximize Incentives for Use of Electronic Health Records

On November 29, 2011, the State Bar of Michigan's Health Care Law Section presented a webinar entitled "Making Sense of 'Meaningful Use' Incentives for Electronic Health Record Adoption," (download webinar slides or listen to a recording) which was attended by a number of Foster Swift health care attorneys.  This program gave a wonderful overview of the procedural requirements in obtaining incentive payments for the use of electronic health records ("EHR"). Read More ›

Categories: Electronic Health Records, HITECH Act

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