Tag Archives: EHR

Medical Records Fees for EHR

You might have not noticed in the last blog post that there is a provision in the Pennsylvania Notice regarding electronic health records.  The Notice does not establish a fee for electronic health records.  Rather it states that the cost for production of health records in an electronic format shall not exceed the cost of … Continue Reading

OIG Finds Privacy and Security Risks with ONC EHR Certification Process

It is ironic to learn the Office of Inspector General (OIG) believes the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) essentially has an insufficient compliance program to maintain the privacy and security of the protected health information (PHI) hosted by electronic health records (EHR). In an August 2014 report (A-06-11-00063), OIG concluded … Continue Reading

OIG Extends Electronic Health Records AKS Safe Harbor

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) has amended the Safe Harbor Regulation regarding electronic health record (EHR) items and services. The primary purpose of the amendment is to extend the Safe Harbor, which was scheduled to expire on December 31, 2013, until December 31, 2021. Obviously, congressional hopes that EHR would be fully implemented by … 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

Deadline for Medicare E-Prescribing is June 30, 2011

Eligible professionals (EPs) must successfully e-prescribe for Medicare patients 10 times before June 30, 2011 using claims-based reporting to avoid the penalty in 2012. Earning the e-prescribing incentive for 2011 will not necessarily exempt an EP or group practice from the 1 percent penalty starting on January 1, 2012. For 2013, the 1.5 percent penalty is based … 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. http://www.federalregister.gov/OFRUpload/OFRData/2009-31217_PI.pdf http://www.amjmed.com/webfiles/images/journals/ajm/AJM10662S200.pdf… Continue Reading