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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 >

CMS Delays Stage 2 Meaningful Use Deadline

On December 6, 2013, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Office for the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) released a joint statement proposing an... Read More >

OIG Releases Report Concerning the Adequacy of OCR's Oversight of the HIPAA Security Rule

The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) for HHS released a report on December 4 that questions whether the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) is adequately enforcing and overseeing the HIPAA Security... Read More >

CMS Announces New Data Sharing Tool

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has recently announced the launch of its Virtual Research Data Center (VRDC), which allows researchers to virtually access and analyze CMS' health... Read More >

CDC Releases 2013 Disparities and Inequalities Report

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released its Disparities and Inequalities Report for 2013 on November, 21, 2013.  The report highlights differences in mortality and disease... Read More >