Compliance & Legal

By Mike Miliard 09:00 am April 09, 2020
Covered entities and their cloud-service providers both have jobs to do when it comes to protecting hosted patient data – and have to strike a balance deciding who does what.
By Mike Miliard 12:34 pm March 30, 2020
In what it's calling an "unprecedented" exercise in information sharing, the administration is calling on health systems to share daily updates from their in-house labs with federal agencies.
By Mike Miliard 12:57 pm March 23, 2020
It's granting exceptions and extensions from reporting requirements for clinicians and providers participating in Medicare programs such as MIPS and Shared Savings Program ACOs.
COVID-19 challenges meeting Interoperability and Patient Access rule deadlines
By Fred Bazzoli 12:32 pm March 19, 2020
The coronavirus is stretching hospitals, and their IT departments, thin. And more regulations loom on the horizon.
By Mike Miliard 10:18 am March 18, 2020
The privacy watchdog won't impose penalties on providers who use non-HIPAA-compliant remote communications technology during the public health emergency. 
The suboptimal state of healthcare security – and how to improve it
By Bill Siwicki 01:32 pm March 16, 2020
An expert offers an in-depth look at where cybersecurity is in healthcare today and gives advice on how healthcare CIOs and CISOs can best protect their assets.
By Mike Miliard 04:12 pm March 11, 2020
With a six-month reprieve before enforcement begins, healthcare organizations will soon have to "change their operating procedures to be in compliance," says ONC.
By Fred Bazzoli 12:29 pm March 10, 2020
Industry groups including AHIP, MGMA and the AMA support the patient access aims of the final regs, but have qualms about third-party developers and the compliance burden for providers.

ONC's Dr. Donald Rucker and Steve Posnack.

By Mike Miliard 03:16 pm March 09, 2020
National Coordinator Don Rucker and Deputy National Coordinator Steve Posnack talk enforcement timelines, "content and manner," FHIR 4, gag clause provisions, patient privacy and more.
By Mike Miliard 09:36 am March 09, 2020
Both CMS and ONC have issued what they call "transformative" rules addressing 21st Century Cures data access requirements; they'll impact providers, payers, vendors and patients.