Department of Health & Human Services (HHS)

By Mike Miliard 07:27 pm December 12, 2014
When 2014 began, industry groups – hospitals, physician practices, payers, vendors – were working diligently and dutifully toward an Oct. 1 ICD-10 deadline that had been on the horizon for years.
By Erin McCann 03:55 pm December 09, 2014
A five-facility mental health organization in Alaska has agreed to pay up and shape up its HIPAA compliance program after a Department of Health and Human Services investigation found the group failed to appropriately safeguard patient data.
By Mike Miliard 07:27 pm December 05, 2014
When the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services published its final rule for Stage 2 meaningful use on Aug. 29, it trumpeted the "flexibility" it offered for how providers can use certified electronic health records.
By Bernie Monegain 07:21 pm December 05, 2014
A coalition of healthcare associations today called on HHS Secretary to revamp the meaningful use program.
By Bernie Monegain 03:38 pm December 04, 2014
An estimated 50,000 lives were saved, 1.3 million fewer patients escaped harm and healthcare avoided $12 billion in spending. This according to a report released by the Department of Health and Human Services earlier this week.
By Mike Miliard 03:50 pm November 25, 2014
Lucia Savage, who joined the National Coordinator for Health IT as chief privacy officer this past month, will join other top security officials from the HHS Office for Civil Rights and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on a panel at the HIMSS Media Privacy & Security Forum at the mHealth Summit on December 7.
hurdles
By Erin McCann 04:03 pm November 20, 2014
A report from the Office of Inspector General outlines the top challenges faced by the Department of Health and Human Services in FY 2014. Among them: meaningful use and interoperability. OIG also highlighted several area HHS continues to struggle with heading into 2015, including electronic health records.
Karen DeSalvo, MD
By Neil Versel 02:55 pm November 20, 2014
In case anyone was still wondering about a leadership vacuum at the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, Karen DeSalvo, MD, is still national coordinator -- a fact that was in evidence Wednesday at the close of the American Medical Informatics Association's annual conference.
Shield and code
By Erin McCann 04:06 pm November 18, 2014
What are the responsibilities of covered entities when an encrypted laptop or device is stolen, but the passcodes are handed over in the theft as well? A recent robbery reported by Boston's Brigham and Women's Hospital may shed some light on these tricky situations.
By Eric Wicklund 06:15 pm November 12, 2014
What the shifting political winds mean for mHealth is still anyone's guess. But rest assured that when the 2014 mHealth Summit convenes next month, we'll be having some very interesting discussions about the intersection of business innovation and federal regulation.

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