Compliance & Legal

eClinicalWorks logo at a trade show booth
By Kat Jercich 01:05 pm November 12, 2020
Citing patient safety, the agency says it has "significant concerns" regarding the electronic health record vendor's compliance with its obligation under a 2017 Corporate Integrity Agreement.
Two people wearing masks and scrubs stand outside a COVID-19 patient's room

Cesc Maymo, Getty Images

By Kat Jercich 09:11 am November 12, 2020
Ed Simcox, who left HHS in February, says it's time to create an information-sharing system that leverages modern technologies – before the next crisis hits.
The Aetna building
By Kat Jercich 01:10 pm November 02, 2020
The fines are the latest effort on OCR's part to enforce HIPAA regulations around protected health information.
Cleveland skyline

The Cleveland skyline (Chris Capell, Flickr)

By Kat Jercich 04:32 pm October 29, 2020
Of the 15 cities examined, Cleveland had the highest rate of hospitals that reported the ability to find, send, receive and integrate electronic health information with sources outside their health system, according to a new report from ONC.  
U.S. Interoperability Map
By Mike Miliard 12:47 pm October 29, 2020
The updated interim final rule, meant to offer providers and developers more flexibility as they respond to COVID-19, also pushes out health IT certification requirements.
DEA Acting Administrator Timothy Shea stands at a lectern

DEA Acting Administrator Timothy Shea (Pool, Getty Images)

By Kat Jercich 10:46 am October 29, 2020
Such a regulation would assist providers with implementing medication-assisted treatment for opioid use disorder in the longer term.
Healthcare information exchange in a graphic with medical equipment and screen devices
By Mike Miliard 10:17 am October 15, 2020
Providers, certified IT developers and HIEs should "be on the lookout" for upcoming adjustments in certain timelines, said Deputy National Coordinator Steve Posnack.
Seema Verma

CMS Administrator Seema Verma (photo: Tasos Katopodis, Getty)

By Kat Jercich 09:39 am October 15, 2020
Hospital associations call the threat from CMS to withhold Medicare and Medicaid participation for non-compliant data reporting "reckless."
HHS Secretary Alex Azar

HHS Secretary Alex Azar (photo: Pool, Getty)

By Kat Jercich 09:30 am October 14, 2020
He predicted in a Tuesday speech that patients will eventually see telehealth as a "durable and desirable" part of their healthcare experience.
Patient accessing health records on a smartphone
By Mike Miliard 05:24 pm October 09, 2020
The Office for Civil Rights at HHS settled this week with Phoenix-based St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center for $160,000, alleging that a mother was unable to access her son's medical records.