Archive | Health Information Technology

Impacts of Heartbleed Exploit Come to Light

Following recent news about the Heartbleed exploit, CloudFlare, a San Francisco-based security services company, challenged hackers to use Heartbleed to get private encryption keys that would unlock secure data. It reported multiple winners to its challenge. By obtaining the private key for an SSL/TLS certificate, an attacker could set up a fake website that passes the security verification. They could also decrypt traffic passing between a client and a server, known as a man-in-the-middle attack, or possibly unscramble encrypted communications they’ve collected in the past. Continue Reading →

Federal Regulators Accepting Comments on Health IT Regulatory Framework

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”), the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (“ONC”) and the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) are accepting comments on their recently issued final FDASIA Health IT Report, entitled Proposed Strategy and Recommendations for a Risk-Based Framework.  Continue Reading →

FDASIA Report Tasks FDA with Clarifying Its Approach to Health IT

On April 3, 2014, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (“FDA”), the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (“ONC”) and the Federal Communications Commission (“FCC”) released their long-awaited final report on health information technology (“Health IT”), entitled Proposed Strategy and Recommendations for a Risk-Based Framework. According to the report, the degree of oversight for Health IT should be based on the risk presented by a product’s functionality, which for regulatory framework purposes was delineated by the agencies into three categories: Administrative, Health Management and Medical Device. Continue Reading →

Report Suggests For-Profit Hospices Utilize Longer Periods of Service

Earlier this week, McKnight’s reported on a study from the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York relating to the length of stay at for-profit versus nonprofit hospice providers.  This study showed that, of the 600 Medicare certified hospices nationwide, for-profit hospices were more likely to have patients with a longer expected stay than nonprofit hospices.   Continue Reading →

Draft Recommendations for Meaningful Use Stage 3 Released

The Meaningful Use Workgroup provided its recommendations on Meaningful Use Stage 3 to the Health IT Policy Committee on February 4.  Stage 3 would focus on improving outcomes.  Further discussion of the recommendations will be held on February 14.  The proposed timeline sets proposed rulemaking for fall 2014 and final rulemaking for the first half of 2015.  Stage 3 would be effective as of 2017.  To see the draft recommendations, click hereContinue Reading →

CMS Extends Meaningful Use Attestation Deadline for Eligible Professionals

CMS announced last week that it is extending the deadline for eligible professionals to attest to meaningful use for the Medicare Electronic Health Record (“EHR”) Incentive Program 2013 reporting year from 11:59 PM ET on February 28, 2014 to 11:59 PM ET March 31, 2014.  This extension will allow more time for eligible professionals to submit their meaningful use data and receive an incentive payment for the 2013 program year as well as avoid the 2015 payment adjustment.  Continue Reading →

Extension of EHR Donation Regulations Clear OMB for Publication

Regulations to extend the exception from the Stark Law and safe harbor from the Anti-Kickback Statute for the donation of electronic health records (“EHRs”) have been cleared by the Office of Management and Budget (“OMB”) and will be published on December 27.  The relevant provisions of the amendments are: (1) the exception/safe harbor for EHR donations is extended through December 31, 2021; (2) an EHR is deemed interoperable if it is a certified EHR by a certifying body authorized by the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology; and (3) laboratory companies are no longer eligible donors.  Continue Reading →

ONC Webinar Announced – Proposed Certification Timeline

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (“ONC”) has announced a webinar regarding the proposed regulatory timeline for electronic health record (“EHR”) certification criteria for 2015.  The webinar will take place on Wednesday, December 18 at 4:30 PM and is scheduled to last 30 minutes.  You can register here.

If you have questions regarding certified EHR technology or meaningful use, please contact Alisa Kuehn at 317-977-1475 or akuehn@hallrender.com or your regular Hall Render attorney.

CMS Announces an Extension of Meaningful Use Stage 2

CMS has indicated that it intends to extend Stage 2 of meaningful use attestation under the Medicare/Medicaid Electronic Health Record (“EHR”) Incentive Program.  In a recent blog post, CMS states that the new or modified Stage 3 requirements for becoming a meaningful user of a certified EHR technology will not be effective until 2017 for those eligible professionals and eligible hospitals that first attested to Stage 1 in 2011 or 2012.   The pronouncement by CMS does not delay Stage 2 but rather simply provides guidance that the earliest date that Stage 3 will be effective is 2017.  For any eligible professional or eligible hospitals first attesting to Stage 1 on or after 2013, the timetable previously announced by CMS remains in place, which will require two years of attestation to each of Stage 1, Stage 2 and Stage 3.  Eligible providers and eligible hospitals should remember that the blog post only signals CMS’s intent and does not change any current meaningful use regulations. Continue Reading →

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