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10.20.16: EHR Incentive Programs: Review Resources on 2016 Program Requirements

The Center for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) has created materials to help providers attest successfully to the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs in 2016. Below are a few of the resources they offer:

10.6.16: Health Care Employees Download New Malware Every Four Seconds, Report Finds
Excerpt from Healthcare IT News

Unknown malware attacks have increased nine-fold from 2015, driven primarily by employees who accidentally install malicious software onto their company's network – at a rate of every four-seconds, according to a recent Check Point report.

Researchers found healthcare records have the highest value on the black market; 10 times more than credit cards or other financial data. And according to the report, 9 percent of healthcare and insurance organizations have experienced a HIPAA data loss.

Additionally, there's been a 60 percent increase in healthcare security incidents in 2015 and a 282 percent leap in security breach costs over the last year. And the report found only 54 percent of healthcare IT professionals have tested the organization's data breach response plan.

"Programs like HIPAA set strict guidelines regarding the intentional or accidental release of personal information, but doing so may open up new vulnerabilities in the process," the report said. "Personal information protection sometimes is prioritized over access control protections."

"While compliance protections for doctors, nurses and administrators with access to data but limited knowledge of cybercrime techniques is certainly important, the focus needs to shift to IT and access control protections."

To read the entire article, please click here.

Statewide Health Information Network for New York (SHIN-NY)

The SHIN-NY is a “network of networks” that links New York’s nine regional Regional Health Information Organizations (RHIOs) throughout the state. Each RHIO (or Qualified Entity/QE) operates its own network that collects electronic health records from participating providers. Today, these regional networks combined already connect 84% of hospitals in New York State, thousands of medical providers, and represent millions of people who live in or receive care in NY.

With the SHIN-NY, patients will no longer have to wait  for phone calls, copy and carry records, or repeat tests. And the SHIN-NY is safe—it is overseen by the New York State Department of Health and governed by federal HIPAA and State privacy and security policies and standards. Through the SHIN-NY, all providers treating a patient will have access to that patient’s health history, and in doing so, the SHIN-NY provides the foundation for vastly improving the quality of care across the state. The SHIN-NY can also help providers achieve Meaningful Use of their electronic health record systems by fulfilling the MU Stage 2 view/download/transmit requirement.

The SHIN-NY’s security requirements are strict, meaning that a patient’s health records will NOT be publicly accessible. Security measures include encryption and identity proofing, password protection, intrusion detection, and multiple firewalls. Patient information in the SHIN-NY is protected under HIPAA, other applicable Federal and State Laws, and national data exchange standards (IHE & Healtheway), making your data safe and secure.

You can click here to read more about RHIOs and what counties are covered.

Meaningful Use Resources

Meaningful Use was created to ensure using certified electronic health record (EHR) technology to improve quality, safety, efficiency, and reduce health disparities, engage patients and family, improve care coordination, population and public health, and maintain privacy and security of patient health information.

The ACP has created a list of useful links to assist with the ever changing landscape of meaningful use that includes EHR participation timelines, handy pocket guides, toolkits for each stage of Meaningful Use, and guides to privacy and security of health information.

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Information on 2016 Program Requirements

In October 2015, CMS released a final rule that specifies criteria that eligible professionals (EPs), eligible hospitals, and critical access hospitals (CAHs) must meet in order to participate in the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs. The final rule’s provisions encompass 2015 through 2017 (Modified Stage 2) as well as Stage 3 in 2018 and beyond.

To help eligible professionals, eligible hospitals, and critical access hospitals (CAHs) successfully participate in the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs in 2016, CMS has posted new resources on the CMS EHR Incentive Programs website.

Requirements for EHR Incentive Programs in 2016 Resources

AmericanEHR Partners from ACP Assists in Evaluating EHRS

To assist you in evaluating EHR systems, ACP and Cientis Technologies developed AmericanEHR Partners. In collaboration with over 15 other medical societies, American EHR Partners is a free, web-based resource that provides an unbiased view of all available EHR/EMR systems. Using our tools, you will be better prepared to compare, implement and effectively use an EHR in your office. In addition, you have access to overall satisfaction data alongside Meaningful Use Attestation records for each EHR system.

You will find many interactive tools, educational materials, and podcasts to assist you and your staff, including:

  • The EHR Readiness Assessment Tool: Helps assess a number of critical areas and gauges the effort and commitment required to make EHR adoption successful.
  • EHR Comparison Engine & Rating System: Based on selected specialty and other search criteria, helps practices evaluate and compare products and user ratings.
  • EHR Educational Newsletter: Sent biweekly provides the latest information on EHR/EMR systems.
  • Specialty and Subspecialty society specific information and resources.

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"Clinician Perspectives on Electronic Health Information Sharing for Transitions of Care"

The American College of Physicians (ACP), the Bipartisan Policy Center, and Doctors Helping Doctors Transform Health Care have released the results of a survey that reveals an overwhelming majority of clinicians believe that the electronic exchange of health information will have a positive impact on improving the quality of patient care, coordinating care, meeting the demands of new care models, and participating in third-party reporting and incentive programs.

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