Tag Archives: EHR

OIG Advisory Opinion Approves Referral Payments Under Electronic Health Record (EHR) System

In a significant development impacting the wider electronic health record (EHR) community, the HHS Office of Inspector General (OIG) on December 7 issued an Advisory Opinion (AO 11-18) approving an EHR vendor’s proposed transaction fee structure for charging customers that use the vendor’s new patient referral ordering system. Although the Advisory Opinion applies only to … Continue Reading

Medicare and Medicaid HER Incentive Programs–Early Results Show Strong Interest in HITECH and Meaningful Use

On February 23,  The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) announced that more than 21,000 providers initiated registration for the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs in January and four states reported initial Medicaid incentive payments totaling $20,425,550.   The Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs were enacted by Congress under the Health Information Technology … Continue Reading

Is Your EHR System Private Enough?

News accounts and criminal convictions involving unauthorized access or theft of electronic health records by health care facility or medical practice employees are raising renewed concerns about the privacy and security implications associated with the surging development and use of electronic health records systems (EHR). While providers who implement EHR systems often feel confident in … Continue Reading

HITECH’s Federal Health IT Coordinator Completes Nationwide System to Assist Doctors and Hospitals in Switching to Electronic Health Records

On September 28, 2010, David Blumenthal, M.D., National Coordinator for health information technology, announced selection of the final Regional Extension Centers (RECs), completing a national system of 62 organizations that will help physicians, clinics and hospitals to move from paper-based medical records to electronic health records (EHR). “The selection of these final awardees means that … Continue Reading