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HHS Launches New Tool to Help Providers Protect Patient Data in Mobile Devices

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has launched a new education initiative, called: "Mobile Devices: Know the Risks. Take the Steps. Protect and Secure Health Information."  The... Read More >

OIG Releases Report on Meaningful Use Incentive Program

On Nov. 29, the Office of the Inspector General at HHS released a report concluding: “CMS faces obstacles to overseeing the Medicare EHR incentive program that leave the program vulnerable to... Read More >

New Guidance from HHS Office of Civil Rights on De-Identifying Patient Information

The Office of Civil Rights (OCR) within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has just issued new guidance on how covered entities might meet the patient information de-... Read More >

Recent Federal RFCs on Exchange Plan Quality and Meaningful Use Stage 3 Recommendations

On Nov. 26, the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) for Health Information Technology’s Health IT Policy Committee (HITPC), which advises the government on its electronic health record... Read More >

Colorado Launches All Payer Claims Database

Colorado set up its All Payer Claims Database (APCD) on November, 1, 2012.  The database is being managed by the Center for Improving Value in Health Care.  The APCD currently holds... Read More >

Bipartisan Policy Center Releases Report on HIT

The Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) released a new report detailing recommendations for the transition to electronic health records. Health information technology (IT) and electronic health... Read More >

CMS Releases Final Rule on EHR Incentive Programs - Stage 2 (Meaningful Use)

On August 23, 2012, CMS released the final rule governing Stage 2 of the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs.  These programs were authorized by the HITECH... Read More >

Comprehensive Primary Care Initiative

The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) announced the Comprehensive Primary Care Initiative as a way to assist primary care providers in delivering higher quality, patient-centered,... Read More >

Obama Administration Announces Ground-breaking Public-Private Partnership to Prevent Health Care Fraud

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and Attorney General Eric Holder announced a new initiative to prevent health care fraud.  This new arrangement allows state officials to... Read More >

Medicare Program; Revisions to Payment Policies Under the Physician Fee Schedule, DME Face to Face Encounters, Elimination of the Requirement for Termination of Non-Random Prepayment Complex Medical Review and Other Revisions to Part B for CY 2013

This proposed rule would update the payment rates under the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule for Part B drugs and other Part B services based on national uniform relative value units (RVUs).  The... Read More >