Category Archives: Electronic Health Records

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Do Windows XP Users Risk HIPAA Non-Compliance?

Microsoft recently announced that, after April 8, 2014, it will not longer provide security updates or technical support for Windows XP.  Microsoft’s statement that “businesses that are governed by regulatory obligations such as HIPAA may find that they are no longer able to satisfy compliance requirements” has spurred a certain level of panic among health … Continue Reading

Negotiating an Electronic Health Record Agreement: A Marriage Between Healthcare and Technology

Lee Kim will be giving a webinar on negotiating electronic health record agreements on Thursday, June 20, 2013. EHR’s are increasingly outsourced services provided by specialty vendors who can take advantage of economics of scale and concentrated expertise. But this means that mission-critical health care functions are more dependent on complex systems the provider does not … Continue Reading

Safeguarding Your Data While Minimizing the Risk of Security Breaches

Lee Kim, Tucker Arensberg attorney and Chair of the mHIMSS Legal/Policy Taskforce, will be a panelist at the American Conference Institute’s Legal and Business Guide to mHealth and Wireless Medical Technology in Washington, D.C. on April 30, 2013. Her panel will cover securing mobile devices, networks, data in the “cloud” and cybercrime.… Continue Reading

Pennsylvania Medical Records Fees for 2013

The Pennsylvania Department of Health has issued its medical records fees for 2013.  The announcement is attached; it provides as follows:                                                                                                                                                            Not to Exceed   Amount charged per page for pages 1-20                                  $  1.42   Amount charged per page for pages 21-60                                $  1.05   Amount charged per page for pages 61-end                              $  … Continue Reading

OIG Reports 57% EHR Use

Health Industry Watch reported the following: According to the OIG, 57% of Medicare physicians used an electronic health record (EHR) system at their primary practice location in 2011, based on a sample of 2,000 physicians who provided at least 100 evaluation and management (E/M) services in 2010. Almost one quarter of physicians (22%) first began … Continue Reading

Medicare EHR Incentive Program Deadline for Hospitals Soon Approaching

The last day for eligible hospitals and critical access hospitals to begin their 90-day reporting period for this fiscal year for the Medicare EHR incentive program is July 3, 2011.  Hospitals and critical access hospitals must begin their 90-day reporting period by this date if they still want to successfully demonstrate meaningful use and receive … Continue Reading

Deciphering “Meaningful Use” for Electronic Health Record (“EHR”) Technology (Contributed by Lee Kim, Esquire)

The Health Information Technology for Clinical Health Act (the "HITECH" Act) provides economic incentive for the adoption and meaningful use of health information technology and qualified Electronic Health Record systems ("EHR"s). A physician, other professional, or hospital shall be deemed to be a meaningful EHR user if: 1) Certified EHR technology is used in a … Continue Reading

Ultimate EMR Irony: Harvard Study Says No Savings – CMS Issues 556 pages of EMR Incentive Regs

  Thanks to the commenters of the linkedIn Health Innovations Group for highlighting the Harvard study concluding that hospital computing modestly improves processes, juxtaposed with CMS announcement of intent to publish EMR incentive payment  and meaningful use regs in early January.… Continue Reading

Pennsylvania Medical Records Fees for 2008

Pennsylvania law states that medical providers and hospitals must provide copies of patients’ medical records upon request, but may charge a fee for copying and producing the medical records. That fee is addressed annually.  The link below is the announcement by the Pennsylvania Department of Health, entitled “Amendments to Charges for Medical Records,” which was published … Continue Reading

Managed Care Satire

For an amusing satire about managed care, check out, which was created by California consumer activists ( who else?) to highlight perceived managed care abuses. The Nurse Avenger video game is mildly amusing, but the theme song & video,  the "Pirates of the Health Care-ibbean" is biting and hysterical, unless you’re a managed care … Continue Reading

Electronic Health Records (EHR): Benefits & Program Announcement

It seems that electronic health records (EHRs) are constantly being touted as the next best way to improve both healthcare quality and medical practice profitability, but adoption of EHRs by physician practices continues to languish. The range for provider adoptions in small and solo practitioners’ offices, as determined by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, is somewhere … Continue Reading

The Certification Commission for Healthcare Information Technology (CCHIT) Certifies 20 Electronic Health Records (EHR)

CCHIT was awarded a contract  in September of 2005 by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to develop and evaluate criteria and to establish an inspection process to provide certification for electronic health records. CCHIT has been endorsed by the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), and the American … Continue Reading

Senator Frist Starts Healthcare Blog

Senator Bill Frist has launched a new healthcare Blog. a21st Century Discussion of Health Care Issues. According to the inaugural post, the blog is about "healthcare and the politics of healthcare", and will address issues such as electronic health records (EHR), stem cell research, health savings accounts (HSA), and many other topics.… Continue Reading

Electronic Health Records (EHR) Developments

Electronic Health Records (EHR) are touted by proponents within the healthcare industry as a means to both improve quality and reduce cost through a combination of reduced errors and improved communication. The drive to standardize the process for the utilization of electronic healthcare records gained its greatest impetus from the electronic transaction standards of HIPAA, … Continue Reading

Highmark Announces eHealth Collaborative to Help Physicians with EHR

Highmark announces the Highmark E Health Collaborative. The Highmark E Health Collaborative is a joint project between Highmark and the Pittsburgh Foundation to foster the adoption and utilization of electronic prescription systems. The Collaborative will provide funding to eligible physicians who wish to acquire and use electronic technology. Highmark will contribute $26.5 million , $18.5 … Continue Reading

Healthcare Information Project – HHS Appoints Blue-Ribbon Panel

While CMS was announcing its EHR beta test, the Secretary of Health and Human Services, Michael Leavitt, announced the composition of the American Health Information Community. Access the HHS Press Release here. The purpose of the Community is to advance President Bush’s HER project. Modern Healthcare reported in its September 19, 2005 edition that many … Continue Reading