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HHS Releases Security Risk Assessment Tool for Providers

The HHS Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) and Office for Civil Rights (OCR) jointly released a security risk assessment tool for small to medium sized health care providers.  Conducting a... Read More >

Catalyst for Payment Reform and the Health Care Incentives Improvement Institute Release 2014 Report Card on State Price Transparency Laws

On March 25, 2014, the Catalyst for Payment Reform and the Health Care Incentives Improvement Institute released their 2014 Report Card on State Price Transparency Laws.  The report outlines how... Read More >

HHS Releases Final Rule Amending CLIA and HIPAA

On February 3, 2014, the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a final rule amending the Clinical Laboratory Amendments of 1988 (CLIA) and HIPAA. The final rule permits... Read More >

ONC releases results from the 2012 ONC Consumer Survey on Privacy and Security

ONC released a new data brief that reports the results of its 2012 consumer survey on privacy and security. The survey focused on consumers' attitudes about privacy and security. The brief reports... Read More >

ONC issues proposed rule for 2015 edition of EHR certification criteria

On February 21, 2014, the US Department of Health and Human Services Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) issued a notice of proposed rulemaking for the next... Read More >

HHS Releases SAFER Guides

On January 15, 2014, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) released the Safety Assurance Factors for EHR Resilience (SAFER) Guides, which include interactive... Read More >

RWJF reports detail benefits for states implementing all-payer claims databases

On January 14, 2014, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation released two briefs that provide information on the benefits and value of all-payer claims databases (APCDs). The first brief, The Basics of... Read More >

CMS to disclose physician's Medicare reimbursement data

On Tuesday, January 14, 2014, the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking establishing a new policy that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid... Read More >

OCR HIPAA Audit Protocol

The HITECH Act mandates that HHS perform periodic audits of covered entity and business associate compliance with the HIPAA Privacy, Security, and Breach Notification Rules. To comply with this... Read More >

OIG report finds that CMS has not thoroughly addressed EHR security vulnerabilities

The HHS OIG's strategic plan for 2014 - 2018 (available here) identifies the security and integrity of electronic health records (EHRs) as a key focus area in its goal of addressing... Read More >